feedthemanmuffinz Aug 1 @ 6:54pm
is this game worth backing?
I know it isnt really a gme from reading the reviews I like the idea but is it like castle story and lies to the whole community about completing the game or does the dev team fill out their promises?
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my•glass•eye Aug 2 @ 12:17am 
It is a game. Not sure what you've been reading.

It updates about once a month, with mini-updates in between to fix little things here and there.

It's in alpha and has only been in development for less than a year so it is still reasonably bare bones and has a long way to go, so only get it if you like watching games being made, and don't mind dealing with a lot of bugs and bits that don't quite work properly.
feedthemanmuffinz Aug 2 @ 7:23am 
Originally posted by my•glass•eye:
It is a game. Not sure what you've been reading.

It updates about once a month, with mini-updates in between to fix little things here and there.

It's in alpha and has only been in development for less than a year so it is still reasonably bare bones and has a long way to go, so only get it if you like watching games being made, and don't mind dealing with a lot of bugs and bits that don't quite work properly.
reviews on the main page
my•glass•eye Aug 2 @ 8:29am 
Right, well, doesn't really matter. It is a game. I don't know how or why you've read that it is not a game.
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feedthemanmuffinz Aug 2 @ 9:41am 
Originally posted by my•glass•eye:
Right, well, doesn't really matter. It is a game. I don't know how or why you've read that it is not a game.
I just explained the how and the why
feedthemanmuffinz Aug 2 @ 9:41am 
store page reviews
Emjay Aug 2 @ 1:39pm 
Honestly this is a game yest.

However don't be fooled by the 'updated once a month' thing. It took them 3 months to go from alpha 4 to alpha 5 (which we are currently still on, 1 month later) and yes there were a few hotfixes in the 'middle' but frankly it doesn't add anything that will keep you playing.

I played a good deal of this game so far as it IS a good game. Its just very lazily made and there is absolutely zero transparancy or even interaction with the devs from what I have seen. Admittedly I don't use their forums anymore but when I did there were about a handful of community members talking ideas and nothing more, no mods present, no devs, nothing.

I hope this game someday becomes something worthy of its concept but the way the devs are handling the update frequency and communication to the community is shocking. There are smaller studios pumping out much larger and more routine updates for their games than Double Fine are for Spacebase DF-9. The best example being Prison Achitect whereby you receive one update at the end of every month guaranteed. Its updates also add hell of a lot more features to its games than Spacebase gets in each of its alphas.

All in all the decision is always yours. Am I regretful that I bought it? No.

Only you can make the decision. One thing for sure though is that you can't buy this expecting it to be the alpha and omega (no pun intended) of games. Its not finished and its gonna take a long while to get there.

Hope this helps.

Edit: Also if your looking for something similar then you may want to check out games such as Space Colony and Startopia. They are both old games but are somewhat enjoyable. Startopia especially is a great game, I doubt Spacebase DF-9 will come close to being as good as Startopia is tbh.
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Oh Snap A Cupcake Aug 2 @ 2:48pm 
The game is quite enjoyable and I hope they introduce more compelling content soon.
However, it is a game that will sit in your library for quite some time before you feel the need to play it again. Mainly because of the stupid AI and bugs.

My only complaint is that I wish updates were more frequent.
Toliman Aug 3 @ 7:41am 
it does truly suffer from being an alpha game, but it has charm. just not a lot of technical development, balance or skilled programmers. you'll get about 3 hours of gameplay before the bugs will surface, which is great for an alpha.

however, there's zero support from the df forums. mods reply to messages instead of devs, old bugs never leave, quit and restarting often fixes 'some' buggy aspects, but you'll eventually lose all of your crew to some constriction or glitch or bug, from the crew AI wanting to eat sandwiches while the room is on fire, tech that can't be repaired, rooms that run out of oxygen because they're too popular, and a rampant number of bugs that resurface in new ways, etc.

and while i enjoy the games, double fine has a track record of pushing out quickly made games that never get patched, It might be a symptom of the amnesia fortnight progeny, where they spend 2 weeks on a fantastic premise, 4-5 months updating the prototype with new assets and update the game engine for a final build, and then come back to it a year or more later.

compared to the spacebase of amnesia fortnight in 2012, it's come a long way. but in 3 months, not even close. if they pushed more frequent updates, got the current build working so stations didn't self collapse, it would be fine. but, like banished's cruel learning curve, it's just broken at a lot of early and late stage growth
feedthemanmuffinz Aug 3 @ 9:15am 
ill take that as a no then
TheLoneWolf Aug 3 @ 11:01am 
Originally posted by feedthemanmuffinz:
ill take that as a no then

Same as everyone else above. This game is like the girlfriend that you know you should dump and move on as she's holding you back, but for some odd reason you can't bring yourself to, as every few weeks you hope that she'll change.

This is applicable to the game itself, as the premise of building, furnishing and defending a space station is awesome, but as long as the game stays in alpha with the broken AI, visual glitches, and faults in the text, it'll be hampered. Despite all of the issues, whenever an update comes out I launch the game and put it through it's paces, only to be disappointed again.

Think about this: Spacebase DF-9 demands $25.00 USD and A LOT of patience. If you're the patient type and want to experience the stages of development as a waiting customer, then this game is a true lesson of what Early Access REALLY is. But if I had been more educated about Early Access in general (this game was included in a Humble Bundle months ago, and I paid above the average and got this as a bonus), I wouldn't have bothered and put my energies on another game. I'm weeks away from purchasing new hardware, and when it comes time to redownload/transfer my games to the new machine, this game will NOT be included.

Just my $0.02.
thorvindr Aug 3 @ 11:47am 
I don't agree with the prevailing attitude that this game isn't worth it. First of all, it is ALPHA. If you're looking to buy a finished game that's ready to play, this isn't for you. If you want to help playtest a "sim-city in space" sort of game and throw a little money to help it get going, then get this game.

As it is now, it's enjoyable with some bugs. It reminds me a lot of Startopia with more of a focus on micro-managing your residents.

It's true the game doesn't get updates as often as some other pre-release titles on Steam, but the devs do seem to listen to player feedback.
Heavenfall Aug 4 @ 1:51am 
Originally posted by feedthemanmuffinz:
ill take that as a no then

I think this is the right decision. I like this game, but the question is not "is this game worth buying?", it is "is this game worth backing?". There's no reason to buy this game now, instead of waiting for a later release. Just come back in a year and see where it's at. Because even though I like the game, I can't squeeze more than a few hours of gameplay out of it.
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James Aug 4 @ 3:16am 
Well, given that the income from Early Access customers feeds back into the game's development, it is worth purchasing if you think it looks promising.

I'd suggest watching the demo video for the current alpha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XmxYe6TWho

If it looks like something you could enjoy, then go for it. I've had a fair bit of fun with the game so far, and plan to check back in when Alpha 6 is released.
my•glass•eye Aug 6 @ 6:41am 
Originally posted by feedthemanmuffinz:
Originally posted by my•glass•eye:
Right, well, doesn't really matter. It is a game. I don't know how or why you've read that it is not a game.
I just explained the how and the why

Whatever.

It's a game.
feedthemanmuffinz Aug 7 @ 2:30pm 
Originally posted by my•glass•eye:
Originally posted by feedthemanmuffinz:
I just explained the how and the why

Whatever.

It's a game.
if it is early access its is considered to be in testing and it is expected to have broken functions many people would not concider a alpha to be a game all I am wondering is if it is worth puting money towards it like a investment
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