The free version is limited to one planet and no spaceships. Additionally, there is no multiplayer and it is not possible to load games or play scenarios.
Limitations in the free version
No loading of saved games or scenarios
Only one planet and no spaceships
Version 1.25 release notes:
Masterspace update 1.25 has been released. This release fixes the most critical bugs from version 1.2, including the crash at startup and one crash related to terrain modification.
This version also introduces a new player model and character customization system. Around 30 different body and armour parts are included, which may be used in any combination.
The free game installation is upgraded to the full version by running this unlocker (requires login). For a full changelog, see below:
Masterspace v1.4 has been released, finally introducing a long-awaited feature: liquid simulation. This allows planets to be filled with completely dynamic liquids, such as water and lava. The water simulation is mass-conserving, which means that no water is created or destroyed during the flow. There is also an implementation of liquid compression, which makes the water flow more realistic.
This version also includes generated trees on the planets, which may be harvested to fabricate wood boards. Consequently, the functionality of the photosynthesizer has been reworked to be able to fabricate any organic matter, including grass, wood and leaves. New objects also include defensive turrets, trading posts and electronic components.
On the multiplayer side, it is now possible to assign teams to players and objects. This means that competitive play is now possible, with opposing teams starting on different planets, having ownership of their own constructed objects. Teams are also considered by the AI of e.g. the turrets, when deciding what to target. There are also hostile turrets occupying neutral planets, so prepare to meet some resistance when expanding your sphere of influence. A hint is to mount turrets on your spaceship before exploring the universe.
Please note that the unlocker is version specific and you need to run this after the v1.4 installation, regardless if you have installed another version of the unlocker previously.
Additionally, two new music pieces are included and a a marker for deposition of materials has been implemented, which makes it easier to place blocks correctly. As usual, a lot of bugs and crashes has been fixed and the performance has been improved. For a complete changelog, please see below:
Trees and forest generator
Terrain modification marker
Support for teams
Player damage by weapons
Two new music pieces
Improved death and respawn system
New objects, materials and goods
Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements
Star system generation implemented by scripting
Included Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package in the installer