Parents' Guide to

Kerbal Space Program

By Mark Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

good, but dlcs are pricey

the game is a perfect combo of learning and fun, though it is hard to understand so i recommend it for teens and older. the 2 dlcs combined with the game make it 70 usd so its very pricey to get the full game

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 6+

Not Playable

I would like to start by saying what a shame! The content of this game is astounding but, having played it for some time, I have discovered it is unplayable and eventually leads to frustration and disappointment. Initially, learning the game took some time. If you are unwilling to invest in the tutorials, you can leap right in but you will have some difficulties with the controls in the beginning. Game play, there is minimal violence. Occasionally your rocket may explode but there is no blood splatter or the that sort. My problem came when I was well into the game. It started pausing (stuttering). It was minor at first but progressively worsened over time. I Googled this problem and discovered this was a common unresolved problem with this program. For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was when I was in mid flight and the program paused. As much as this has been going on, it was unacceptable at such a stage of game play. I escaped out and immediately deleted the program. Again, this is a known, unresolved issue by the game developers so if you want frustration after hours of game play, by all mean, purchase this program and play it.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (37 ):

This space based simulation will be fun for determined, science-loving kids who can take the time to observe flight read-outs and use the provided controls to tinker with trajectory. They'll learn the fundamentals of rocket science and realistic, modern-day space flight. Though the amount of feedback can be overwhelming, the player community on the game's forums and on YouTube is robust and helpful and provides a rich resource for self-directed learning.

Players can and do provide feedback and feature suggestions. Now that it's finally been released, it sports a career mode with a series of missions, a limited parts-buying budget, and a personnel manager. But players should be aware that the game is a sandbox, meaning that players set their own challenges. What emerges are unique, self-designed experiences that nicely highlight the trials and tribulations of space flight.

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