*Sources of screenshots are listed in their respective file-names.
Kerbal Space Program is an Early Access title in Beta. This means the game is not fully optimized and various bugs are present.
However, this also means that Kerbal Space Program is continually being updated, refined and improved based on YOUR feedback.
Kerbal Space Program* gameplay from the Video Games and the Bible YouTube channel:
Kerbal Space Program (KSP) tasks you with building your own space program. This means players will be building spacecraft, hiring astronauts, taking on contracts, conducting Scientific research…etc.
KSP is educational in all but name, not only teaching concepts such as mass, thrust and lift, but actively requiring players to put this knowledge into action. Even small adjustments to an aircraft can change your center of mass and mean the difference between success and disaster.
Kerbal Space Program’s ability to make scientific concepts relevant and fun has even attracted the attention of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
In a collaboration with NASA, the developers of Kerbal Space Program implemented gameplay mechanics and missions directly inspired by real projects.
Despite the potential educational benefits and overall complexity of Kerbal Space Program, you don’t have to be a genius to enjoy the game.
If (like many other players) you are inspired by Kerbal Space Program to investigate aeronautics–bravo! On the other hand, if you simply want to strap a ton of rockets to a soccer ball…
You can do that as well.
The process of creating a spacecraft is simple, utilizing a “drag-and-drop” interface.
A “Symmetry Mode” helps balance vessels for successful flights. This also makes constructing complex designs both easier and less time-consuming.
Because Kerbal Space Program is based upon scientific principles/physics, pressing a few buttons allows you to see the center of thrust, mass and lift of your vehicle. This allows you to make appropriate adjustments to your craft.
Kerbal Space Program has developed significantly since the publication of the video posted above. This is primarily due to the massive “First Contract” 0.24 update.
In the past, only two modes of play were available: Sandbox and Career. The First Contract update turned the old Career mode into Science mode and introduced a new, improved Career mode as well. This means there are now three modes: Sandbox, Science and Career.
In Sandbox, you have unlimited resources to build the spacecraft/spaceplane of your dreams and no formal goals. This way, anyone can reach “Duna” (Kerbal Space Program’s fictional equivalent of Mars) with enough experimentation and ingenuity. It also gives players the opportunity to build some really unique creations:
Science mode changes the formula by incorporating a “tech tree.” This means players start with basic ship components, unlocking the full set of parts by performing Science experiments and building spacecraft. Science points earned unlock further nodes on the tech tree.
This allows players to ease into the game and its many systems rather than instantly being confronted by a large variety of parts with no idea as to their meaning.
Science experiments are performed by collecting surface samples and conducting crew reports/EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) reports. More methods of research are unlocked as players progress through the tech tree including observing temperature, conducting research in a science lab, etc.
The updated Career mode expands upon this foundation with the introduction of Contracts. Contracts provide both goals for task-oriented players and a framework to the construction of your space program. Contracts also tie into the new Funds and Reputation systems.
In Career mode, building rockets costs Funds. Completing contracts and recovering vessels intact gives more Funds, along with Science and Reputation points. Reputation points give you access to more desirable contracts, leading to more funds, Reputation points and so on…
Kerbal Space Program is host to a large and enthusiastic fan community, who have contributed to the game through free downloadable mods and effects. The developers of KSP (Squad) even published their own official mod celebrating the World Cup.
Underlying Kerbal Space Program’s complex systems and robust amount of gameplay options is a jovial sense of fun. Somehow, the sense of humor seen in item descriptions and unexpected physical reactions can get you laughing even while your latest attempt explodes into tiny pieces.
Kerbal Space Program rewards experimentation, teaches through play and provides near-infinite replay value with its sandbox nature…
That said, Kerbal Space Program is a must-buy.
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