Ever wanted to explore the stars? The ever-black sea is as wide as it is dangerous, and in Starbound, you get to explore every nook and carny of it. Developed and published by Chucklefish Studios, Starbound is a wide-open sandbox 3D sci-fi adventure game. It was released on the PC on July 22nd, 2016. It earned critical acclaim from fans and critics alike during its initial release and has since gone on to become a well-respected indie game.
Everyone sleeps in late sometimes, but there are days you don’t want to miss. After nearly missing your graduation ceremony to become a member of the Terrene Protectorate (think Earth Defense Force, or Star-Fleet), a mysterious entity known only as “The Ruin” appears. It begins systematically destroying Earth, and you’re the only one still capable of flying a barely working ship.
You jump into it and find yourself lost amongst the void of space itself, becoming starbound. As of now, it is up to you to fight back against the Ruin, a strange, massive creature that can wipe out entire planets.
Starbound Main Characters
- The Player. You can pick what race you start from Human to Apex, Avian, Hyolti, Novakid, Floran, or Glitch. The last member of the Proctree, you’re literally the only one capable of taking the fight to the Ruin.
- S.A.I.L. The onboard A.I system of the ship you’re on. It provides helpful advice, even if its sense of humor is a bit morbid.
- The Cultivator. Godlike in power and scale, this creature is responsible for many of the Galaxy’s wonders…and dangers.
- The Ruin. The thing that destroyed your planet. Your goal is to find a way to kill it, by whatever means necessary.
Starbound Titles of Video Games in the Series
Alas, Starbound is the only game in the series so far. Who knows? Maybe there’ll be more in the future, but as of this writing, it stands alone.
- Starbound (2016)
Starbound Cheat Codes
While there aren’t any ‘cheat codes’ in Starbound, there are admin commands you can input. Keep in mind, that this might break a game. So use them only if you know what you’re doing. To input them, write /admin on your console.
|Shows the list of commands available to you.
|Enables Admin Mode. Enables all crafting recipies, prevents damage, and allows access to admin only commands.
|Reloads your local assets without exiting the game.
|Displays your username and your authentication status.
|Displays your server username and your authentication status.
|Display the coordinate of your current location
|Enables Player vs. Player on your end if possible.
|Displays the total amount of time played on your character.
|Displays the total amount of deaths on this character.
|Kills the current player which incurs all death pentalties.
|Removes all your gear, useful for macros.
These are Admin codes. Useable only if you are the Admin in Starbound.
|/warp (/help warp for list of parameters)
|Teleports the user to the desired location
|/timewarp [time in seconds]
|Adds the parameter time in seconds to the ingame time. Both positive and negative values are accepted.
|/stettileprotection [dungeonID] [isProtected (true or false)]
|Sets the instanced area, dungeonID, to be protected if isProtected parameter is set to true.
|Sets the default spawn point on the current world to your characters position.
|/spawnitem [Item Name][amount]<parameters>
|Spawns the item at the mouse cursor. Check out this list of Starbound items.
|Spawns a treasure specified from the treasure pool, (loot table) and its rarity.
|Spawns a monster who’s information has been specified by parameters at the cursors location.
|/spawnnpc [species][type][level][seed][‘overrides.json object’]
|Spawns an NPC with these parameters set. “Overrides specified as a JSON object within single quotes.
|Spawns a vehicle based on its type and extra parameters.
|Spawns a stagehand, which is used for missions and quests.
|Despawns any stagehand close to cursor position
|Spawns a liquid, quantity is specified by the optional parameter, if left blank it will default to “1.”
|Kicks a player for optional reason, if no reason is given the reason will be their nickname.
|/ban [PlayerNickname]<reason><ip,uuid,or both><time>
|Bans a player for a reason given. You can specifiy what type by typing ip, uuid, or both as the type command, and a duration by changing the <time> command.
|Displays the celestial coordinates of the listed player.
|Reloads server side assets. May cause lag.
|Enables automatic monster spawning on the current world
|/placedungeon [dungeonname]<position (x,y)>
|Places a dungeon into the world, placed at either the position defined in the position parameter or to the players cursor location.
|/setuniverseflag [Flag Name]
|Sets the current universe flag, which sets the level of progression which has been completed on the server.
|Clears all universe flags, resetting all progression to it’s initial state.
One more for the road….
And these are debugging commands. Made to really mess with the game, or NPC code.
|Enables debug mode
|Displays gravity value at the players position
|Toggle the display of debugging polygons
|Toggle to clear boxes displayed with /boxes every frame.
|Toggles the visability of a layer
|Disables the ligting engine, shows everything.
|Locks the cameras position
|/set gravity [level]
|Sets your local gravity to the level parameter
|Resets gravity to the default gravity
|Evaluates the lua parameter in context to scripted entity selected by the users cursor
|Triggers the player to receive a radio message with the specified ID
|Resets all received radio messages allowing players to see unique messages again.
|Resets all unique cinematic events
|/cinema [cinematic file path]
|Plays the requested cinematic
|Gives the player a quest with the quest Arc Descriptor provided with the questArcDescriptor parameter
|Force completes a current quest
|Force fails a quest
|Displays a New Quest Interface to the user.
|Displays the Quest Completion Interface to the user.
|Displays the Quest Failed Interface to the user.
|Displays the value of the statistic specified in the parameter
|Resets all player’s acheivments
|/enabletech [Tech Name]
|Unlocks the tech for use specified in the parameter
|/maketechavailable [Tech Name]
|Makes the tech specified visable and available for purchase
|/giveessentialitem [Item][Slot Name]
|Sets the specififed item to the specified slot, overwriting the existing item.
|/upgradeship [Ship Upgrade]
|Upgrades the users ship with the upgrade specified. “Ship Upgrade” parameter should be a Json object surrounded by single quotes.
Starbound Cheat Code FAQ
How long does it take to beat Starbound? If you focus on the main objectives, 25 hours. If you want to do everything else? A whopping 162.
Are there infinite planets in Starbound? While it depends on your starmap, none of the maps are infintie. Just extremely wide.
Are there console commands for Starbound? Yep! Just type /admin in your ingame console.