Today I bring you cute news: Starbound, the computer game that’s been in development for way too long, is finally out. And it’s so adorable. You make your character, selecting from six different species, and end up on a planet with nothing but your trusty matter manipulator tool, a broken sword, and whatever pet you have in your ship. My pet turned out to be a spotted cat, who likes to eat steak I get after killing alien monsters with a bow. Now you are forced to survive: you must cut down trees, make a house, learn to feed yourself, and mine ore to fix your ship so you can travel to the multitude of planets. If you are waiting for No Man’s Sky, this the pretty, PG 13 version. You do get to kill things. With giant hammers, if that’s your preference.
I stole some cute screenshots and launch trailer for you because I am too lazy to post my own.
Look at the cute farm animals.
The game gives you complete freedom. You can mire ore, or you can get through surface dungeons and find it in boxes. You can explore or settle down, or both. You can build a colony, which will be populated by colonists, or live in your ship.
I followed this game since it’s early development and I have to say I really enjoyed the finished 1.0 build. They pretty much overhauled everything. There are quests, and missions, and fluffalo. So my $15 was well spent. Of course, you mileage may vary. The game is available on Steam and GOG and other places.
Unfortunately, I can’t play Starbound right now. I have to go through a stack of White Hot copyedits. Dear Houston PD, you will be relieved to know that we consulted an actual homicide detective this time, so our Glocks only have internal safeties now. Three internal safeties.