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Starbound Review

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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and villages inhabited by various intelligent lifeforms.

You start on a spacecraft after the destruction of Earth and must develop your craft to go on an intergalactic peacekeeping mission. Your shuttle orbits a habitable planet and an adventure begins that takes you hurtling across the universe. This is a combination of specific quests and overarching narrative-led open world game-play.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Chucklefish Ltd (@ChucklefishLtd)


Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.
Players: You can play this with 8 players online.



Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

The game was rated PEGI 12 for arcade violence. Not appropriate for persons below 12 years of age.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Starbound Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ChucklefishLtd) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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