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Starlink: Battle for Atlas (2018) is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.

Like Skylanders, Lego Dimensions and Disney Infinity, the game uses toy spaceships and clip-on attachments to access these in the game. Unlike those games, it offers a digital-only route on both console and PC which means it is really good value.

Players pilot spaceships to traverse different parts of the Atlas system, both in outer space and within a planet's atmosphere. As you progress you discover stories about different alien species and slowly advance the technology on your ship. The story doesn't branch but takes a winding path through combat and political alliances. As you make these choices the game's world state changes.

Each planet is different with unique stories, dangers, flora and fauna. Players also take on enemies in outer space. In both these instances, they are using spaceships that are extensively customized with different parts.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Starlink: Battle for Atlas 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Narrative, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Split-screen multiplayer enables two players to explore and battle together.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete. To complete everything and explore every planet would take hundreds of hours.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, contains violence against humans that is not shown but is implied, violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Shooting enemies diminishes the health bar of an enemy. The hit points that are deducted float around the character. Enemies flinch when hit with some weapons and can for example be frozen or knocked over. When defeated, the enemies explode or fall to the floor, breaking down into pieces. One of the evil lead characters looks scary and has a dark, unsettling voice and appearance. There are also some larger, scary-looking monsters (a giant robotic scorpion for example). This content warrants a PEGI fear. In one of the cut-scenes, a human character dies. You don’t see any injuries or the direct action that causes his death. He slowly fades out. This scene emphasises the emotions between the characters and does not focus on the violence.

Skill Level

8+ 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.


Starlink: Battle for Atlas usually costs £24.99 to £69.99. 

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Steam Store PC £24.99
PlayStation StoreSALE PS4 £69.99 £9.99 at the moment Free

PS Plus Extra

Amazon StoreSALE Xbox One £69.99 £8.58 at the moment
Switch Store Switch -
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.
The game uses toy spaceships, clip-on weapons and figurines that would unlock content like . These are still available at a discount cost, but unlike Skylanders, Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions you can also purchase a digital copy of the game with everything unlocked.
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas Boxed Game: You get two ships and pilots a couple of weapons as physical toys that also unlock the content in the game.
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version: You don't get any toys but get 4 ships, 6 pilots, and 12 weapons.
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas Deluxe Version: This is digital-only too so you don't get toys but you do get 5 Starships, 9 Pilots, and 15 Weapons included.

You can buy additional ships, weapons and pilots either digitally in the game or via physical toys (most likely found cheaply second hand). The Nintendo Switch versions of the above also include additional exclusive missions featuring Fox McCloud of the Star Fox series. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/10/2018

Price: 87% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Adventure (Narrative, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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