Parents' Guide to

Affordable Space Adventures

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun, puzzling astronaut adventure that's out of this world.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2015
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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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