What is KSP?
This is a game where you build and fly rockets up into the atmosphere with the goal of reaching one of the many planets. This game, with its many built in parts, allows you to make a rocket of your own design. There are many moons and planets to reach and this game is very realistic when it comes to rocket functions and stability. With rocket expeditions, come astronauts, otherwise known in this game as “Kerbals” from the planet “Kerbal.” Kerbal is basically the Earth of KSP and has its own moon cleverly titled the “Mun.” A KSP player’s first objective is to reach the Mun, but it’s harder then you might think.
My experience with KSP:
Back in September, I came across this game and watched a few videos on it. It looked interesting, so I went ahead and tried their free demo. The demo didn’t have many parts or resources to build with, but I had to work with what I had. I knew nothing of the building process of the game, so I looked up a few tutorials. Easy enough, 30 minutes later I had created my first rocket. Rocket assembly is very easy, but for first timers, you might run into a few issues. Using my first rocket, I took it out for a test launch. Up popped a tutorial menu describing how launching worked. After completing that, I was soaring into the sky! This was a very cool first experience; however, my rocket was very unstable and crashed, barely being 1000 meters in the air. I ended my flight and up popped a log of events of my flight. The log was very useful with sniffing out problems with my rocket, and I was able to make it much more stable. It was time for another test launch. Boosting my engines, I was up in the air again. I easily got past 1,000 meters and was still going strong. Still trying to gain full control of my rocket, I managed to pass 5,000 meters. Still going high, I was going out of Kerbal’s atmosphere! Eventually, I made it into orbit, which was one of my first goals of the game. Unfortunately, I ran out of fuel shortly after reaching orbit and began descending back into Kerbal. I safely landed, and my flight was over. It was at that point when I realized that I have to buy this game.
Is it worth it?
After my experience with the demo, I bought the game for the reasonable price of $18 (now $24), and played with the tons of extra parts in the full version. After playing around with that, I managed to get to the Mun. I even had one of my “Kerbals” step foot on it! I was very satisfied at that point. So, yes, the game is definitely worth it if you’re into space games. I had a fun experience playing it and managed to land on three other planets since then. I went into this game not knowing anything about space or construction, but I’ve learned plenty since then. Buy it, you won’t regret it.
Overall Score: 9/10