Destination Sol

Game review by
Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Space RPG packs redundant play, tricky controls.

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Positive Messages

No real positive messages since goal of game is to collect money to customize your ship, fly through space.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play the captain of a ship, only interested in getting money and flying his ship. 

Ease of Play

Controls take getting used to, but once you're used to your ship constantly being in motion, easy to navigate through obstacles.

Violence & Scariness

Violence very minimal, mainly shooting at other spaceships with cartoonish graphics. No blood or gore.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Destination Sol is a downloadable arcade-style role-playing game where you take control of a ship and tackle  objectives along the way. Apart from the cartoonish violence of shooting rival ships, there's no objectionable content. Gameplay is straightforward and includes a quick tutorial, but mastering the navigation skills of the ships takes some practice and patience on the keyboard as you are literally flung through space. This could frustrate some players who aren't willing to put in the time to master their vessels.

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What's it about?

DESTINATION SOL is a free, downloadable, indie-produced arcade-style space adventure game that's simple in both presentation and gameplay. Players start with a basic ship, which can be guided (thanks to the built-in map) through star systems to fight enemy ships to earn both money and weapons. Ships then can be customized and built out with the money you earn. The goal is to destroy as many enemies as you can, while enhancing your ship so it can beat the more aggressive vessels. Along the way, you'll learn maneuvers, hire mercenaries, mine asteroids, and land on unknown planets.

Is it any good?

Destination Sol's gameplay seems simple enough, but getting the hang of the necessary flight skills takes a lot of practice. Once you figure out the keyboard controls, it's easy enough to propel your ship through the galaxy at dizzying speeds, but it takes a lot of skill to get the ship in the correct direction while shooting at the enemy. There's no way to slow your pace, and you're only able to redirect your ship to the location you're trying to get to. Even harder, once you've destroyed an enemy ship or blown up an asteroid, you have to be quick to grab your loot before it scatters through space. Even trickier is the fact that if you find yourself stuck or lost and need to restart, all your previous progress will be lost. Though Destination Sol currently has a limited amount of ships, weapons, and missions, the gameplay may quickly feel redundant, keeping players from devoting a lot of time to it. But the game has a strong following, and content is continually being added. Unfortunately, in its current condition, Destination Sol's gameplay is mildly appealing, and its flaws keep it from being a great space game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about space exploration and the universe. How big is our solar system? Are there galaxies beyond our own that have been discovered?  

  • What do you think going through an asteroid belt would be like? Do you think it would be easy to navigate a ship around different-size asteroids?

  • If we were able to make contact with another race in outer space, what would be the best way to communicate with them?

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