Kerbal Space Program
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"Armageddon It: NASA Kerbal Mission Blasts Off" - Rockpapershotgun.com
In KSP you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!
The game offers three gameplay modes: Sandbox, in which you are free to build anything you can think of; Science Mode, which lets you perform Scientific experiments to advance the knowledge of Kerbalkind and further the available technology; and Career Mode, in which you must manage every aspect of your Space Program, including administration strategies, Crew Management, Reputation, as well as taking up Contracts to earn Funds and upgrade your Space Center Facilities (or repair them).
Add to this the ability to capture asteroids (a feature done in collaboration with NASA), Mining for resources out across the furthest reaches of the Solar System, Constructing Bases and Space Stations in and around other worlds; plus literally thousands of mods from a huge active modding community, all add up into the award-winning game that has taken the space sim genre by storm.
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 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 staging sequence 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 crewmembers, hire them, and send them out into space and make them into heroes.
Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
Take on Missions to attract interest in your Space Program.
Discover new worlds and expand the scientific knowledge of Kerbalkind.
And a whole lot more!
In One Word: MasterfulMysticMatt | Sept. 2, 2015 | See all MysticMatt's reviews »
Masterful: It refers to many aspects of this game. You yourself must be masterful in order to have any sort of success. The game has a unique art style that they masterfully pull off. The concept was a difficult one but again was masterfully done. The gameplay, mechanics, and so many other things are all just so masterfully done. The only thing holding this game back from a 92 is my personal ineptitude at the game. I found that it was very tough to get into. The tutorials are alright but it doesn't seem to be the most useful thing. If you research help on the game so many things seem to make assumptions as to what you know (I wanted to get to Mun and I was seeing mention of Delta V and drag force and many things) so you really need to do a lot of research if you want to get started. The interface can be slightly confusing until you learn it. What I am trying to say is that this game is tough for beginners but once you pass that threshold you are on your way into a game that is so masterfully done that you will be addicted.
Best Space Conquest SimulatorFixyNeko | July 31, 2015 | See all FixyNeko's reviews »
Once upon a time, on Kerbin, a Kerbal looked into the sky and said: "Is Minmus made of jelly?". So began the Kerbal Space Program. The main purpose of this game is sending a lot of stuff in space, like probes, manned vessels or a flying trash: the only limit are your imagination and your computer can calculate (a thousand pieces rocket may lag). Physics is pretty realistic, even if some parts like antennas are physicsless, and orbit simulations are awesome. Rockets are little op, you won't have to take care of as much as NASA, so every player, with 1 or 2 hours of practice will be able to dock and make his first space station. There are a lot of tutorials, covering every aspect of the game. Building a ship, orbiting, landing, rendez-vous with another ship (or an asteroid) won't have any secrets for you. But the UI is a little messy, you can watch Scott Manley's youtube channel, he has a lot of KSP videos, and give a lot of tipps.
Hard to pick up, but so funThe1337N00Bx | July 21, 2015 | See all The1337N00Bx's reviews »
I spent a lot of hours in this game, and i still don't fully understand it. Regardless, I have a lot of fun in it making stupid creations, most of which don't make it very far off the ground. It's a very interesting idea for a game though and the creations I've seen other people make are insane. If designing space ships sounds fun to you, look no further than this game.
Just wow!9cames03 | July 12, 2015 | See all 9cames03's reviews »
If you are looking for the best space exploration simulator, this is it! I know it seems silly. After all, it does feature characters called kerbals! But, the space mechanics are so enjoyable! not to mention how it teaches accurate principals of momentum and orbit in space! The graphics are good, and the mechanics are fun. The only downside is that there is such a huge learning curve that results in constant references to the wiki in order to figure out how things work. regardless, this is still probably one of my favorite games, and it is probably the best space flight sim out there.
Very fun gameTristan27B | June 25, 2015 | See all Tristan27B's reviews »
kerbal space program is a game about building rockets and planes with the main goal of exploring the planets and moons in the solar system. the game can be played in a casual sandbox mode with no restrictions in terms of part avaliability or funds, science mode, where your only restriction is getting science to unlock parts, and career mode, where you have to build up your space agency from the ground up and manage science and funds used to build rockets and upgrade facilities. there is a steep learning curve after you get past the initial launch into orbit phase of your space adventures, but that can be overcome by watching tutorials or using autopilot mods if you just want to get out there. overall its a great game and is enjoyable for anyone with a passion for engineering and space.