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About the Game

Your day started as planned. Motivated and full of ambition you started the run of your life, in the middle of the desert, surrounded by like-minded people. The months of hard training should finally bear fruit. Suddenly, you were caught in a monstrous sandstorm and now you find yourself alone in an inhospitable, hot environment. Deserted and merciless, an ocean of sand stretches to the horizon.

You feel the scorching heat on your skin, sand blowing right at your face, far and wide only vast desert ... but wait, what is that? Something is moving in the far distance. What happened?

Your first thought: Survival.
Your second thought: Rescue will surely come.
The bitter realization: No one will come, you are completely on your own.
The big question: Where are you and why are there two moons in the night sky?

Find shade, find water, find life. Use your energy wisely, avoid too much effort in the heat, keep warm in the coldest nights. You must keep your wits to survive.

Starsand is THE desert survival game. Dangers, mysteries, and puzzles await you! Find out what exactly happened, where you are and what connects you to the history of an extinct civilization. Will you manage to survive in the inhospitable environment, find answers and find your way back to your old life?

Hunt for food, make weapons, build a shelter. Secure your shelter - the dunes are teeming with scary creatures.

Find your way in the vast and lonely desert, orient yourself in sandstorms and mark your path. Thirst and heat become an invincible enemy during the day - cold endangers you during the night. Learn to live with adversity, see the beauty that the world holds, and learn from the animals and nature!

In this desert you are both a hunter and prey. Insect-like predators come out of their dark nests, always looking for food. Protect yourself with fire, blow up enemies with explosive coconut grenades, secure your base and do whatever it takes to survive.

We, Tunnel Vision Studio, are a small creative team ready to conquer the world with RAM sticks, dressed in GPU-coated armor and wearing a VR visor as a helmet. We are a handful of brave geeks based in Rome, not ready to give in to the temptations of countries with fiber broadband and unhealthy food. We make a living doing what we love: everything related to virtual reality and video games.


  • Large open game world in an exciting desert setting with an area of over 64 km².
  • The lovingly designed world, far away from civilization, holds many impressive monuments, artifacts, and creatures of the past, as well as modern times.
  • Survival action par excellence! Weather and desert capers as well as terrestrial and extra-terrestrial enemies awaken the pure survival instinct!
  • Gather, build, secure - for protection against heat, cold, and the unknown enemy.
  • Dynamic weather and day/night changes demand good planning, wise action, and a large portion of courage, especially in the desert.
  • A mystical, thrilling story and the solving of numerous puzzles answer many open questions during the exciting journey into the unknown.

Desert Runners, We hope you enjoyed your holidays! Did you spend some time with your loved ones, as well as your favorite video games? Very good! In the past few days, we have been working to bring a highly expected feature to our game. We proudly present to you the full controller support for Starsand. Take your controller into your hands and survive the heat and the endless sand. Rest assured a lot more is coming in 2022. Happy new year to you all! The teams of Toplitz Productions and Tunnel V...


Hello everyone! Have you seen the camel? Did you notice something unusual? This planet is strange, so is its desert and thus we upgrade your assortment of tools that might come handy for your survival with this update v.0.54. All that is left to say for now is, stay alive, stay hydrated and happy holidays to you! Stay safe! The Toplitz Productions and Tunnel Vision teams These are the changes for this update: ADDED Seven new notifications have been added. Three new tutorial steps. Special holida...


Time to submit nominations for the Steam Awards and we are asking you—our incredible community—to nominate Starsand in the ‘Outstanding Story-Rich Game’ category. Starsand is a desert survival game that will take you to an open world that looks like Earth but feels much different. Our story was inspired by actual events: In 1994, during Marathon des Sables—the toughest footrace on Earth—one of the participants was caught by a desert storm and disappeared for 9 days. What could have happened is t...


Desert Runners, "Limit the number of worms per day." This is the title of the most discussed thread on our Steam forum. Many of you reported how unfair this alien mechanic feels for new players. Ideally, we'd like to give you the chance to choose between several difficulty settings when starting a new game, but this will be happening at some point in the future. That's why we decided to take action now and, among other things, reduce the aliens' spawn rate. We hope you'll enjoy the following cha...


Hello Desert Runners! First of all, thanks to you all for the input and feedback you have given to us since the start of the Early Access. We hope you’ll keep it coming. You might recognize some of the suggestions on the first roadmap that you have been waiting for. What is on it? Let’s get on the details: {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38461129/21358abf26bab7b4135ec5016431b14e990c2eeb.png We’ll start with the highly anticipated full controller support; we know that you asked for this one. The next thing in...






  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i3 (4th Generation) or equivalent AMD, min. 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or equivalent AMD
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 7 GB available space





  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5 (4th Generation) or equivalent AMD, min. 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or equivalent AMD
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 7 GB available space


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