Cosmic Star Heroine

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Cosmic Star Heroine
Developer(s)Zeboyd Games
Publisher(s)Zeboyd Games
Composer(s)HyperDuck SoundWorks
Platform(s)Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch
ReleasePlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • WW: April 11, 2017
PlayStation Vita
  • EU: April 24, 2018
  • NA: May 2018
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: August 14, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is a science fiction role-playing video game by Zeboyd Games. It was released in April 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows platforms and for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch at later dates, with ports to other platforms still planned.


The game features 11 playable characters. There are no random battles; combat takes place on the field like in Chrono Trigger. Visible encounters do not respawn, a system for additional battle is present that is similar to the one featured in Cthulhu Saves the World. A unique[how?] charge system for abilities replaces traditional MP. There is also a base upgrading system similar to the one from the Suikoden series, where dozens of NPCs can be recruited to offer bonuses and support the player's party in battle.


The adventure follows Alyssa L’Salle, one of the galactic government's top agents, who after discovering a dark conspiracy is outed as a spy must deal with all manner of fans and villains while trying to save the day.[1]

Development and release[edit]

Formerly code-named CSH, Zeboyd Games officially announced their new upcoming title as Cosmic Star Heroine in June 2013. The game was part funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, raising $132,689 towards its development in October 2013.[1] Zeboyd credited the crowdfunding success to the timing of the campaign and the careful selection of the backer rewards.[2] The game was inspired by titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger and Mass Effect among others.[3]

On October 27, 2015 it was announced the game would receive a physical edition for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, courtesy of Limited Run Games.[4] To promote the game it was featured at PlayStation Experience 2015, where the PlayStation Vita version was also playable for the first time.[5] The game was released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 on April 11, 2017. A Nintendo Switch port was released on August 14, 2018. [6]


Aggregate scores
MetacriticPS4: 76/100 (8 reviews)[7]
PC: 77/100 (8 reviews)[8]
Review scores
GameSpot6/10 (PS4)[11]
RPGFan83/100 (PS4)[12]
RPGSite8.5/10 (PC)[13]

Cosmic Star Heroine received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic,[8][7] while on Gamerankings it has 77.17%.[9] Critics praised the combat system, retro graphics, and the soundtrack, but found the story rushed, the characters underdeveloped, and the technical issues present frustrating.[citation needed]

The game was nominated for "Game, Original Role Playing" at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b Zeboyd Games (2013-10-01). "Cosmic Star Heroine (Sci-Fi/Spy RPG) for PC/Mac/PS4/Vita". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  2. ^ Ben Kuchera (2013-10-08). "The perfect Kickstarter: Zeboyd describes the crowdfunding science behind effective campaigns". The Penny Arcade Report. Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  3. ^ Joel Couture (2017-05-09). "7 classic RPGs that inspired Cosmic Star Heroine". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  4. ^ Chris Priestman (2015-10-27). "Cosmic Star Heroine To Get A Physical Release on PS4, PS Vita"". Siliconera. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  5. ^ Robert Boyd (2015-11-30). "Cosmic Star Heroine on PS4, PS Vita Playable at PS Experience". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  6. ^ Robert Boyd (2018-06-16). "Cosmic Star Heroine for Switch is only $13.49 if you pre-order it before its launch on August 14! :)". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ a b "Cosmic Star Heroine for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  8. ^ a b "Cosmic Star Heroine for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  9. ^ a b "Gamerankingsreview". Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Kevin McClusky (2017-04-24). "Review: Cosmic Star Heroine (PC)". Destructoid. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  11. ^ Janine Hawkins (2017-04-25). "Cosmic Star Heroine Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  12. ^ Rob Rogan (2017-05-23). "Cosmic Star Heroine". RPGFan. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  13. ^ Kyle Campbell (2017-06-05). "Cosmis Star Heroine Review". RPGSite. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  14. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  15. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-15.