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Starseed Pilgrim Review

Okay, so I fumbled onto Starseed Pilgrim, created by Droqen, on Steam. I thought, that looks neat and picked it up on a whim. I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but man am I glad I got myself into it. Since I first started playing I thought this is so neat, a game that doesn’t tell me what I’m expected to do, only the basic foundation of the gameplay mechanics. It reminded me of the first time I played Minecraft way back in early alpha before the person who got me to play it told me how to build something. I just ran broke and stacked stuff and went, hmm and then wondered what else I could do.

So, here are the basic mechanics in simplest of terms, you learn this in about 2 seconds into the game. You have the directional keys and the space bar for seed usage. Up makes you jump down will break a block below you and the side buttons will make you run to the side or break a block to the side if necessary. Some things might change in some ways but you are meant to figure that out as you come to it.

You get a bunch of seeds and they each work differently as well as interact differently depending on how you use them. Most of them do seem to follow some pattern to their behavior, but on that I say figure it out. That is a big part of the game. Explore, experiment, learn from your actions, and do it again. Everything in the game seems to have a point and that includes the void as well.

I honestly love finding and figuring out new stuff in this game. I am also positive that I am far from truly understanding what is going on or what point it may have. The exploration is grand, the little messages or poetic notes left to discover most likely have some meaning when put together in some proper order. I refuse to go any further into what may be found as the more you know the less enjoyable I feel this game would be.

I do admit I introduced the game to someone else, who seemed less than enthused by the initial learning aspect of the game. They wanted a end goal or direction to head in.  As far as end goal goes I couldn’t give one becuase I don’t know what the end is. What I did see was how this game is a good game to pick up play and put down to play again later.

I give Starseed Pilgrim a 4 out of 5, it is good fun if you are willing to let it grow on you.

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆