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A name for the game (struggling to find an appropriate title for a sandbox game)

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#1 john978   Members   -  Reputation: 120


Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:21 AM


I have a sandbox game nearly finished and I want to publish it. However I have a HUUUGE problem with the title. I know, you are far more creative than me, so I ask you for help.


An appropriate name shouldn't contain words like craft, block, etc. It should be somehow connected with technology, stars or the universe.  The game itself is about surviving in unfriendly world, collecting resources, building awesome machines in a realistic way or doing some magical stuff. Dimensional or space travels are also an important aspect of the project. Please keep that in mind.


I really hope you can help me.

Thanks in advance.


#2 Adam Moore   Members   -  Reputation: 326


Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:37 AM

Coming up with titles should be easy for you, especially since you know more about your game than any of us.


Copyright and the word "craft" rule out Starcraft. Starbound is already taken too.

#3 arka80   Members   -  Reputation: 1233


Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:14 AM

Give the game the name of your alien world

#4 sunandshadow   Moderators   -  Reputation: 5434


Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:40 PM

I like the ending -struct for the part about building machines.  So you could have something like Starstructors.  Something like SurvivalTech or Surviviverse or Xenotech or Xengineer Survival...

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#5 jefferytitan   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2339


Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:53 PM

I think it would be easier if we knew a little more about the intended feel or theme of the game. Having said that:


(and knowing that I am answering more for the general feel rather than worrying about clashes with other game names)

  • Outpost #45
  • Stranded
  • Year 5 Alone
  • Escape to the Stars
  • Starlight Reconstruction
  • Progress
  • Renaissance
  • Terraformation
  • Xenoform
  • Xengineering

Keep in mind (as much as I sometimes hate it) that inventing new words is useful from the perspective of trademarking and searching, although the spelling needs to be somewhat obvious so people will remember it.

#6 powerneg   Members   -  Reputation: 1467


Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:41 PM


#7 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 23360


Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:18 PM

I like the word 'Stellar'.

Stellar <something>


Stellar Survival... Stellarvival ? dry.png

Stellar Assembly ?


Lost Star Construction? (Sounds like a company name. Maybe just 'Lost Star')

Forgotten World


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Star Mechanisms


Forgotten Stars

Forgotten Star Builder

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Starform Mechanic


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Stellar Gears? Stargear?

Stargear Survival?


Stargear Mechs?


Celestial Construction? Celestial Gears / Celestial Mechanisms

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:35 AM



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#9 john978   Members   -  Reputation: 120


Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:43 PM

Well, thanks for your help, but I think you've concentrated too much on stars and space, which probably won't be implemented for yet a long time. Can you think maybe of a name with word land? (like thunderland [unfortunatelly already taken by some book])

#10 Kaneydien   Members   -  Reputation: 124


Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:00 PM

SurLife (a mix of survival and life)

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