Affordable Space Adventures

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun, puzzling astronaut adventure that's out of this world.

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Positive Messages

Astronauts can work together to explore this mysterious planet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No characters present in game.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Though your spaceship gets battered by wind, other environmental hazards, and sometimes is even destroyed, you never see people hurt.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

In AFFORDABLE SPACE ADVENTURES, you pilot a spaceship as you explore a supposedly uncharted planet. But this isn't as easy as Uexplore -- the company that helped transport your ship to the planet -- made it seem in their promotional video. When not dealing with lightning, falling rocks, and other environmental hazards, you often have to crank your engines up to dangerous levels when it gets really windy and you need extra power to get around, and you have to adjust the ship's buoyancy to go underwater. You also have to solve some situational puzzles that prevent you from proceeding further, including some that might lead you to learn the truth about this strange world.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about other planets. Have you ever wondered if we’re alone in the universe? Have you ever looked at another planet through a telescope? Would you like to visit a planetarium and learn more about your universe?

  • Talk about exploring strange places. What can you learn from exploring? Why don't you try exploring the basement, see what you can find there? And while you do, why don’t you clean up a little? Do you know where we keep the brooms?

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