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a game by Ominux Games
Platform: PC (2021)
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In development for the past six years, by Ominux Game and Chucklefish, Starmancer is finally bound for release on August 5th, 2021. The construction and management simulation title, which was originally crowdfunded, received special attention at E3 2019 when it showcased its gameplay at the Indie Games Show. Early supporters of the title received early access to a close alpha version of the game, but there wasn’t significant news since then. Exclusively coming for Windows, macOS, and Linux via Steam, it is time to journey into the stars.

Our Place In The Sun

After a catastrophic event on Earth forces humanity into the unknown, the human race launches the Starmancer Initiative, an artificial intelligence project designed to hold the memories of our society. With millions of humans uploading their minds to the Starmancer, in an attempt to escape the impending doom.

Players take the role of the Starmancer and are tasked with maintaining the future of the human race alive. That task revolves around crafting a space station that can sustain human life, and developing new vessels for all of the minds that were uploaded. Brief exploration informs us that it may not be that simple as we are in a brand new solar system, amidst multiple friendly and not so friendly factions that can interfere with our protocols.

Starmancer has a procedurally generated galaxy, which translates into randomized runs every playthrough. This randomness is complemented by the freedom with which players are granted in an attempt to fulfill their protocol. As Starmancer is up to you to guarantee humanity’s future, either by creating a utopic society where you attempt to keep everyone happy, well-fed and safe or by using any means necessary in an authoritarian fashion. Having this freedom of choice is certainly something that will provoke players to attempt different approaches.

Selfish Survival

As the Starmancer, you become an AI irreversibly fused with a human core. And while your main directive is to ensure the human race survives, your very remains sit at the core of your station. Keeping the colonists and station safe, is also a way to keep yourself safe, and while your motives may be selfish, you can choose the type of environment you will cultivate for humans.

The main concepts of the game revolve around building different structures to ensure colonists remain happy and satisfied - or scared to death of your rule. You must create their new bodies, and assign them new roles to guarantee that society within your walls runs smoothly. Colonists are unique and have their own wants, needs, and even inventories. They also communicate and can rise up against your rule if they feel oppressed and unfair, which is why you should strive to build a great place for everyone or eliminate these rebels in a stealthy fashion

Starmancer also comes alive by having players expand their relationships through diplomacy, and by having enemies interested in destroying everything you’ve built. This solar system is filled with new places, moons, asteroids, and ships that you can explore, harvest or pillage for resources. These resources help further your objectives, but also invite space pirates to attack you, to fend off these attacks the game doesn’t have an action-based combat system, instead, it relies on players building complex mazes, rooms, reinforced walls, and death traps to protect themselves.


Starmancer looks like a very fun game, reminiscent of other colony management titles, but with wide-open opportunities for good or evil. The fact that the colonists, solar system, and diplomatic relationships can happen in different ways, helps Starmancer distinguish itself.


For players that have enjoyed Dwarf Fortress, Rimworld, and Space Station 13 this is a perfect addition to your collection.


  • Good or Evil Approaches
  • Multiple Structures
  • Colonists Feel Unique
  • Varied Mechanics
  • High Replayability


  • May Have Too Many Mechanics
  • Combat Doesn’t Look All That Exciting

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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