A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Astronauts can work together to explore this mysterious planet.
Positive Role Models
No characters present in game.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Though your spaceship gets battered by wind, other environmental hazards, and sometimes is even destroyed, you never see people hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Affordable Space Adventures is a downloadable side-scrolling puzzle adventure where players steer a small spaceship around a mysterious planet. But though this world can be hazardous, thanks to lightning storms, falling rocks, and even some security systems left behind by the previous tenants, the game is rather benign. The astronaut never leaves his ship or gets attacked by aliens. Parents also should know that the planet is dark and a little spooky and that younger explorers might get upset when the ship is deactivated or destroyed. You also can play with two other astronauts-in-training, but only if they're sitting on the same couch.
Is It Any Good?
As space games go, Affordable Space Adventures is a rather clever one. Piloting a small, nimble, but thankfully tough spaceship, you have to explore a mysterious planet. This isn't easy since the world is fraught with hazards both environmental (lightning, heavy winds) and unnatural (laser beams, auto-turrets). Good thing that ship of yours is pretty versatile. Not only can you crank up the thrusters when it's windy, you also can change its buoyancy when you have to go underwater. It even has a handy scanner that can detect danger zones, as well as flares that can shoot into tight spaces to unlock doors.
As clever and as much fun as Affordable Space Adventures may be, though, it's not without its problems. The game can be a little too clever for its own good, with situational problems that feel more like puzzles than something you'd actually encounter on a strange planet. Also, when you pause the game, it doesn't actually pause the game -- it simply stops you from doing anything with the ship. The ship itself stays in the world and thus can be harmed if you pause at the wrong time. Even so, this still manages to be an engaging and challenging game.
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