Starbound Skidrow

Starbound is a 2D space exploration sandbox game developed by Chucklefish Games. Star systems, planets, weapons, and enemies are randomly generated, but a main story path exists for players to follow as they wish.

Story

An early ship orbiting a planet.
An early ship orbiting a planet.

Details have not been released about Starbound's story, however every race starts the game crashed on a unexplored planet (reasons differ per race).

Gameplay

An early game house and farm.
An early game house and farm.

Starbound is a 2D platformer with an emphasis on exploration, mining, crafting, and fighting. Players will travel from planet to planet, and have the option of following the main story quest or striking out on their own. There are many combat possibilities, with weapons ranging from small knives to rocket launchers. Besides the craftable weapons, there is also the random weapon creation system, whereby found weapons will have randomized stats (such as projectile type) and abilities similar to Borderlands. There is also a Pokémon-style pets system, where players can capture pets they have weakened and train them to use different abilities. These pets can then be called on to fight for the player.

Exploration

Exploring procedurally generated caves.
Exploring procedurally generated caves.

The player's expandable and customizable ship serves both as home base and transport between the stars and planets of Starbound. Planets are procedurally generated, with a many different types of biomes and sub-biomes. For example, a planet can be a frozen arctic biome or a heavily wooded forest biome. A given biome will vary in how it can look. A forest biome can just be a run-of-the-mill forest or it could be a forest where the trees are made of metal.

Within the overarching biomes can exist "mini biomes" such as meadows, lakes, etc.

System Requirements

PC

MinimumRecommended
OS: Windows XP or laterOS: Windows XP or later
CPU: Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 x2CPU: Core i3 or equivalent
RAM: 2 GBRAM: 4 GB
GPU: 256 MB graphics memory and DirectX 9.0c compatible GPUGPU: Discrete GPU capable of DirectX 9.0c and 256 MB VRAM
DirectX: Version 9.0cDirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connectionNetwork: Broadband Internet connection
Free Disk Space: 3 GBFree Disk Space: 4 GB

Mac

MinimumRecommended
OS: OS X 10.8.0 or laterOS: OS X 10.8.0 or later
CPU: 64-bit Intel CPUCPU: 64-bit Intel CPU
RAM: 2 GBRAM: 4 GB
Network: Broadband Internet connectionNetwork: Broadband Internet connection
Free Disk Space: 3 GBFree Disk Space: 4 GB

Linux

MinimumRecommended
OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or laterOS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
CPU: Core 2 DuoCPU: Core i3
RAM: 2 GBRAM: 4 GB
GPU: 256 MB graphics memory and OpenGL 2.1 compatible GPUGPU: 256 MB graphics memory and OpenGL 2.1 compatible discrete GPU
Network: Broadband Internet connectionNetwork: Broadband Internet connection
Free Disk Space: 3 GBFree Disk Space: 4 GB