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Starbound is a 2-D sandbox space exploration game.  You start out fleeing the destruction of your home world and end up stranded above a random planet with a broken star ship.  You must beam down to the planet and find the resources needed to repair your ship's systems so you can survive, fight, and explore your way across the galaxy.

This game has been in development for a couple years now.  They are finally getting to the polish phase of development and I believe and hope that the finished version will be coming out soon.

I've been playing Starbound early access since it came out and have put many many hours into the game.

Here are some of it's features:

  • Large galaxy to explore with many stars and lots of planets around them.
  • Many different biomes on each planet on the surface and underground.
  • You start with an upgradable multi-tool for building and mining resources.
  • Your ship is also upgradable to much bigger classes.
  • Some planets and moons require specialized equipment to survive on them.
  • Crops can be grown and harvested for food and bonuses.
  • Great cooking system with many recipes.
  • Lots of crafting recipes for all kinds of items.
  • Questing system for the main story and from random npcs and colonists.
  • Ability to start a colony on a planet and fill it with npcs merchants and guards.
  • You can get crew and capture pets to help you on your journey.
  • Many different races to choose from.
  • Multiplayer support through dedicated or home servers.
  • Many kinds of weapons from swords to lasers.
  • A unique combat system.

I'm sure I missed a couple things, there is a lot to do in Starbound.  Check it out at their Starbound website or on Steam Early Access.

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