Kerbal Space Program
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Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program. In KSP, you must build space-worthy craft, capable of flying your crew out into space, without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship.
- The Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Plane Hangar allows players to build spacecraft out of any imaginable combination of parts.
- Fully-fledged, Physics-based Space Flight Simulation ensures everything will fly (and crash) as it should.
- Take your Kerbal crew out of the ship and do Extra Vehicular Activities.
- Fly out to Moons and other Planets.
- Procedural Terrain delivers detailed terrain at a vast scale. The Kerbal Planet is 600km in radius!
- Mod-enabled, allows players to create new content and modify the game.
- Ship systems. Keep an eye out for engine temperatures and fuel levels, and try not to explode.
- Build ships with multiple stages, and jettison parts away as they burn out.
- Full control over the ship’s setup allows for complex ships and advanced functionality.
- Dock spacecraft together to build Space Stations, Massive Starships, or even surface bases on other worlds.
- Manage your crews.
- Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
Great game!xtrememe7 | Feb. 28, 2014 | See all xtrememe7's reviews »
Kerbal Space Program is a trial and error game and when you start playing it is incredibly confusing as you continue to play you learn how things work and it is amazing and before you know it your making an overly-complicated rocket that may or may not explode on launch and it is truly rare to find a game as good as Kerbal if your interested in Kerbal and debating getting it I for sure recommend just getting it and begin your space adventures!
Really great simulationalex91923 | Feb. 14, 2014 | See all alex91923's reviews »
The first game i really wanted to get since its alpha. This game combines space ship building with the eventual launch of the spaceship. This allows for crazy designs and amazing ships! The physics engine part needs to be worked on a bit however, as currently air resistance is not calculated very well, but mods are able to fix it!
However, one of the better parts in my opinion is building a space plane. As this combines both the dynamics from building a rocket, with the ability to land a plane. This game will never get dull, and its only in beta right now. Only more parts will come about as the game matures throughout the beta. This is a definite must-buy.
An addictive, education and fun simulation!jiayaik | Jan. 27, 2014 | See all jiayaik's reviews »
Kerbal Space Program is a game where you build rockets and space ships and explore space. The sense of achievement that you get from this game is amazing. Whether it is successfully reaching orbit, landing on the Mun, reaching the other planets in the system, flying to the sun, etc., you will feel as if you had achieved something significant. Failure, on the other hand, is often hilarious. The variety of mods that are currently available for the game is fantastic.
In conclusion, KSP is a fun simulation that will keep you awake late into the night as you try to not crash on the Mun for the 77th time. While it may still be in 'Alpha', the game is in a very playable state and has much to explore.
Much more than what you would expectNeonberry | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »
Kerbal Space Program seems to be a lighthearted game where you send Kerbins (the little creatures at your disposal) to space and observe the results. Generally its a sandbox game though the career mode will limit your progression and you have to develop all the different parts by research. The depth of the game comes in with the surprisingly accurate physics engine. Since the game is based on Newtonian physics it will allow you to do pretty much anything with your parts. If you get bored with shooting rockets to the moon you can try to assemble a multi-part space station. You can make an airplane or even a boat. Since physics is the main limitation you will have in this game it is pretty much up to your imagination what you would like to do. The game is complicated. If you want to play a simple how far I can shoot my rocket type of game then avoid Kerbal Space Program. You will have to familiarize yourself with at least the basics of physics it uses to be somewhat succesful at your tasks. You need to learn how to best put some object in orbit and how to break out of it - all of which is quite realistic. And when I say realistic, I mean NASA is taking interest in this game. If you like in depth simulations, want to see how your rocket designs would do or want to gain some real knowledge on space travel then the game will be perfect for you. It might take a few hours to get a good grasp on all the governing factors but once you are there you will have total freedom. Cant wait to see how the final version of the game will be.
Awesome!darkrift | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all darkrift's reviews »
This is a game where you can design your own space program. You can use a variety of parts (at least 100, I'd say), to go on missions to wherever you want in the solar system. You can go to the two moons of Kerbin (where the titular Kerbals live and where you send ships from), and then to all of the planets in the system. If you really want, you can just fly around Kerbin! Or you could make a satellite that orbits around the Sun. Or you can make a research base and fling it off to the moon.
In a recent update, they introduced something called Career mode and the devs are still working on it. Currently, you launch missions and use different instruments to collect Science. You then use the points you earn from Science to unlock new parts. They are planning on adding a budget mechanic in a later update.
Most of my fun, however, has been in Sandbox mode, where you have unlimited materials and no constraints- just you, some rocket parts, and a giant map.
Not only can you build rockets, but there's even a fully fleshed out spaceplane/jet building to design, build, and fly your own planes.
Another really cool mechanic in the game is the docking feature- just like the way they built the real International Space Station This feature is EXTREMELY difficult and unforgiving, because if you screw up, then you risk blowing the entire thing up.
There's definitely a learning curve to this, but you can learn things fairly quickly provided you watch some videos and/or know some physics. Orbital mechanics are difficult to learn, and it's still a bit rough around the edges at times. It would be nice if there were a few more tutorials to show people how to use everything.
Tech-wise, it's good, not anything jaw-droppingly awesome, however. The graphics are generally sharp and have a gentle cartoon effect to it that sort of blend reality and art-Borderlands without the cel-shading is a good example of this. The game runs smooth on even the lowliest computers most of the time, provided you turn down the settings. The performance problem sets in when you make large, complex ships, composed of hundreds of parts. It's very CPU-intensive, and it's not optimized for multi-core use properly yet. Sound is pretty good, with a surprisingly good ambient soundtrack.
Good things -lots of freedom -decent graphics, physics and sound -tons of parts -active community, lots of mods -good value -difficult, but offers good sense of accomplishment
Bad things- -learning curve can be overwhelming -unoptimized for large craft -some bugs (nothing major)