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Astroneer (2016) is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the wild landscape.

As well as build a home on a far off planet, you can also sculpt the hills and valleys with the terrain tool. This creates space to build different structures (storage silos, atmospheric condensers, research chambers, component smelters, batteries, generators, turbines, and solar panels) and explore with different craft (rovers, buggies, space shuttles).

The game has a complex hierarchy of building and materials. You develop production sequences that take the raw material you find and turn it into more useful substances. You need considerable patience and time to achieve this.

For example, Ammonium can be converted into hydrazine fuel for an Astroneer's spacecraft, or used in its raw form to create a limited-use thruster. When low on oxygen, the Astroneer recharges by staying near craftable tethers, which can be chained over long distances to prevent suffocation. As of the game's full release, an "oxygenator" is required to provide an extended reach of oxygen when tethering.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Astroneer 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Strategy game with Action, Collecting and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Cross-Play: Play between Xbox One and PC

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7+ with mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human like characters and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The reaction of the astronaut to all forms of impact or aggression from the flora are mild. The character just falls down when hit by, the air runs out or is exposed to the aggressive flora. There is no emphasis on violence or the death of the character. When the character dies, the screen fades to black and the character respawns. While exploring, players may face occasional dangers: suffocating due to lack of oxygen; worm creatures, and plants with toxic gas.

This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE with Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


Astroneer usually costs £16.61 to £24.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £23.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Switch Store Switch £16.61
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Collecting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: SES dev (@SES_dev)

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