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Release Date: Apr 27, 2015

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September 13

Update 1.2 Pre-release is here!

Hello dear Kerbonauts!

Update 1.2 has finished its Experimentals phase and we’re excited to announce the launch of the Public Pre-release.

During Experimental testing a small team of experienced KSP players threw everything they’ve got at the game in order to help us catch as many bugs as possible, so that we could make the game as stable as it could be. Now we’re proud to say that’ve come to the point where we can finally release the open test build.

This ‘pre-release’ test build is for everyone to have a go before we officially released the update and you’ll be able to opt-in to get the Pre-release builds via the Steam betas, or, for the first time ever, through the KSP Store. Naturally, you’ll need own a copy the game beforehand in order to access these builds. This opt-in branch will run for a minimum of two full weeks before the release date of the final update (the final release date hasn’t been closed, so changes may occur).

To facilitate discussions of the Pre-release branch we’ll be opening up a temporary sub-forum for feedback. Additionally, a Pre-release project will be made available on the bug tracker to report bugs on.

Furthermore, we want to help the modding community by making the modding API public. Click this link and enjoy!

Finally, and as promised, you can get Porkjet’s awesome rocket parts package files here .

We’re almost there and we couldn’t be more excited. Stay tuned for updates and happy launchings!

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September 5

Update 1.2 has entered Experimental testing!

Hello Kerbonauts!

Update 1.2 has just entered Experimentals! We’re eager to finally start the next phase of testing and getting ever closer to the 1.2 release.

During experimental testing a crack team of experienced and hand-picked KSP players will throw everything they’ve got at the game to make it bend, blend and break in many ways. The goal is to catch as many bugs as we can, and to make the game as stable as it can be before we make a public test build available.

Those of you who’ve been around for the 1.1 update will remember that we released a ‘pre-release’ test build for everyone to have a go before we officially released the update, and for update 1.2 we plan to do the same thing. Once the pre-release builds are available you’ll only be able to opt-in via the Steam betas, or through the KSP store.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates and Fly Safe!

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About This Game

In KSP you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!

The game offers three gameplay modes: Sandbox, in which you are free to build anything you can think of; Science Mode, which lets you perform Scientific experiments to advance the knowledge of Kerbalkind and further the available technology; and Career Mode, in which you must manage every aspect of your Space Program, including administration strategies, Crew Management, Reputation, as well as taking up Contracts to earn Funds and upgrade your Space Center Facilities (or repair them).

Add to this the ability to capture asteroids (a feature done in collaboration with NASA), Mining for resources out across the furthest reaches of the Solar System, Constructing Bases and Space Stations in and around other worlds; plus literally thousands of mods from a huge active modding community, all add up into the award-winning game that has taken the space sim genre by storm.

Key Features


  • The Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Plane Hangar allows players to build spacecraft out of any imaginable combination of parts.
  • Fully-fledged, Physics-based Space Flight Simulation ensures everything will fly (and crash) as it should.
  • Take your Kerbal crew out of the ship and do Extra Vehicular Activities.
  • Fly out to Moons and other Planets.
  • Procedural Terrain delivers detailed terrain at a vast scale. The Kerbal Planet is 600km in radius!
  • Mod-enabled, allows players to create new content and modify the game.
  • Ship systems. Keep an eye out for engine temperatures and fuel levels, and try not to explode.
  • Build ships with multiple stages, and jettison parts away as they burn out.
  • Full control over the ship’s setup allows for complex ships and advanced functionality.
  • Dock spacecraft together to build Space Stations, Massive Starships, or even surface bases on other worlds.
  • Manage your crewmembers, hire them, and send them out into space and make them into heroes.
  • Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
  • Take on Missions to attract interest in your Space Program.
  • Discover new worlds and expand the scientific knowledge of Kerbalkind.
  • Extract valuable resources from all over the solar system.
  • And a whole lot more!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista or 7
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:3GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 8 or 10 64 bit
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor:Intel
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:El Capitan (10.13)
    • Processor:Intel Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most distros should work)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB HD space
    • Video Card: SM3 512MB VRAM
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
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86 of 95 people (91%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A wise man once said:

"If at first you don't succeed, add more mainsail thrusters."

This man was correct.
This man was me.
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69 of 73 people (95%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
296.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Top 5 things that taught me orbital mechanics:

5. Apollo 13 (1995, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon) ~$13 [Amazon.com]

4. Highschool Physics (Newtonian Mechanics) ~Free [Australian Education System]

3. Undergraduate Physics Degree (Keplerian Motion, One body mechanics) ~$8000 /year [UQ]

2. Postgraduate Physics Degree (Analytic two-body solutions, computational Runge-Kutta simulations) ~$10000 [UQ]

1. Kerbal Space Program ~$30
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
297.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Nothing will prepare you for the moment you first touch down on the Mun with your Kerbals - alive. The sense of accomplishment is magnificent.
Its probably comparable to the crushing defeat you feel as you realize you forgot to make sure you had enough fuel to get back home.
But! You've done it! You managed to get your Kerbals to the Mun, land them safely, lift off and get into an aerobrake orbit around Kerbin!
Aaaand, you forgot to put parachutes on your command pod :|
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Launched rocket; watched it explode.
Made adjustments and launched rocket; watched it explode.
Made more adjustments and launched rocket; landed it successfully. Watched science explode.

10/10 Michael Bays.

You should definitely buy this game if you like physics and explosions.
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63 of 88 people (72%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
261.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Harder than dark souls.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
469.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Kerbal Space Program, at least to me is the king of simulation games. While I play numerous others (such as Farming Simulator) they don’t seem to hit every mark in that field. KSP, while challenging at first is the one that throws everything that happens in reality at the player, and force them to deal with it. While a game like Farming Sim only really requires you to keep an eye on fuel or some crops, KSP requires that you maintain a healthy supply of necessities ranging from fuel and electricity, to a satellite connection back home. But the part of the game that truly shines is the feeling you get when you first land on the Mun. A friend who gave the game a shot said
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“it was just...pride. So many Kerbals died in previous attempts, and I finally made it.”

While the game is difficult, I can’t stop asking people to try it. To me, it’s the perfect “life isn’t about the destination, but the journey” and I think this game captures that perfectly.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
As goofy as the game seems, you will NOT find a more in depth and accurate space flight simulation out there yet.

At first, it's fun to build explosive and cobbled together monstrosities to launch into space and send crashing back to the ground, but then you learn the basics. Then suddenly a successful Mun landing becomes a point of pride and the next planet over becomes your new goal.

The career mode starts you with simple parts, to be expanded through scientific discoveries and contractual financial incentives.

Jebediah recommends this game to anyone worth their salt in a tin can floating among the stars.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Kerbin, We have a problem...

-Bill Kerman in the command pod next to Jeb, who opened the hatch during re-entry.


Fist of all, I played this game for a LONG time, way before the 1.0 release (not on steam, no)

To be honest, the is probably the best game I ever played in my whole life. I mean, I'm a astronomy nerd for almost 9 years and trust me... This is real space travelling. This game will entertain you for the rest of your life and if you like astronomy/airplanes or looking at a star during night at all, this game can't go wrong. This game allows you to play in 3 different modes and the ultimate goal is to explore different bodies and complete researches. However, the 3 different levels has their own way of fun too.

Now...
11/10 would complete a Jool all-moon landing mission and forget to bring parachute when going back to kerbin
12/10 would attach a solid booster to a VTOL
13/10 would unorbit a space station that I built for 10 month just to see the solar panels snap
14/10 would spend 200 hours of the game calculating and design a ship so that it will glich through Jool
15/10 would spend 2 hours trying to make a kerbal dance on the Narrow-Band Scanner (you can do that)
16/10 would blast a kerbal with a kerbodyne engine to let it fly
17/10 would script edit and make the sperators have 10,000,000 ejection force and name it "velocity injector"
18/10 would slingshot around all the moons in Jool and glich through Jool, launching yourself at 5,144,255,345m/s
19/10 would build an aircraft carrier then attach a F22 to it and build a aircraft sling shot using the "velocity injector" (it crashed)
20/10 would 9/11 the VA... I mean nothing
21/10 will play kerbal for the rest of my life!

IT WORTH YOUR 39.99 BUCKS!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
And they say minecraft is educational. No, THIS is educational, orbital mechanics, maths and lots of fun.
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murph.laz3r
421.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Do you like planes? Helicopters? Boats, cars, and, of course, spaceships? Of course you do. Or, at least, you think you do, which is why you're reading these reviews right now.

I haven't done anywhere near everything you can do in this game. Hell, 90% of my time is spent making and toying around with fighter jets with weapons modded on to them.

The reason I love Kerbal Space Program is because it's possible to do just about anything you set your mind to, especially with mods.

The fact that Squad have kept up their work with this game even well after the official release, and engaged with the community all the while, is a model for any aspiring game developer to follow.

Do yourself a favor: Buy Kerbal Space Program. Because everything is possible. And I do mean everything.
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Health Inspector is Love
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Yes
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ozligia
1,124.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
No pew-pew, only space and sience. Shut up and take my money! Eh, and where is the donate button?
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Dozer208
268.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
Amazing game. Cannot recommend enough!
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Spyglass
32.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
10/10

You learn more about physics trying to get to orbit and land on the moon then in a physics class,
or you just added MORE boosters till it made it there.
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Ezekyl
354.5 hrs
Posted: September 30
When I am writting this review, Steam shows 354 hours in game. However due to DRM free and moding, I already spent 1400+ hours (KSP is DRM free and is modable - so I play from non Steam-connected copy which is of stable version and specified mod mix - that is why). And I am counting.

What is this game about? Sending green folk (called Kerbals) to space and to another planets. For science. And having TONS and TONS of fun. Well, in case you like rockets, planes, space and explosions. In whatever order. It is so hard to describe the game I advice you to give a check to youtube - e.g. Scott Manleys channel will give you nice view into what KSP is about.

I bought this game back in 1.0.5 (32bit only) only out of boredom and to satisfy my game hoarding habbit. What I buy I do try - so I gave it a quick look before just adding it to my library. I tried to launch a rocket (I was unaware of contracts that time) - the chute deployed instead of expected fireshow. Some testing revealed the problem. I launched Jebediah and landed him back... It was kind of fun... Can I make it to orbit?

After couple hours at 3 AM (working day followed) I maintained very odd, but stable orbit. I literally danced at my darkened man cave-corner. For two weeks straight, I slept only 4 hours a day. I designed rockets in my head while driving, or falling asleep, I was making sketches of new projects while waiting for a meeting at work, I was (and I still am) proactively looking for books and documentaries to study or inspire myself. I have a time to play at PC only around 4 hours a day at max, but KSP takes much much more hours per day. In times before KSP, when on toilet, I would check the smartphone for funny gifs to have some giggles. Now, I am all about space exploration...

In those two weeks I found out I was wrong all my life about microgravity, orbital manneuvers and ascends of rockets. I was actualy learning stuff and I had great time doing so. Then I found out mods. It was like Christmas. Then a 1.1.x versions came and we received completely new engine, 64bit support. I fel in love with superfriendly community around KSP.

And all it took, is lego based rocket building. Behind simple concept of straping a big fuel tank and engine under a crew module lies very complex mechanics of orbital physics. I droped my dream to be an astronaut at age of 5 (bad memory of kindergarden "event" - so I am sure). After more than 20 years later, I am back :)

You can be new Elon Musk, or a reincarnator of Neil Armstrong. Or would you rather be Werner von Braun? You can be all of this. You can build rockets, planes, rovers, or any mad creation of yours (Kerbal mixer to mix actual Kerbals). ANd with mods, you can do really anything. Game can be easened (assisting mods), widened (parts mod, more planets) turned realistic (RSS/RO) and much more.

Well... long text and no actual review of what this game is. Sigh... Ok, go to youtube, check Kerbal Space Program... Does it seem funny? Give it try. I did and it is best game purchase I ever did. I already can play other games, and not touch KSP for two or three days. But I still play, and I still do enjoy it beyond I ever imagined.

10/10
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iOrangeBerry
17.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Best aviation/ aerospace engineering and space simulator out there. Great performance, amazing graphics, and good developers.
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mimic
980.5 hrs
Posted: September 30
anything gonna happen, it's been about 3 years and nothings happened. ......JUST SAYING.
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Hansen ♛
343.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
This game is one of the best games i own. I highly recomend this game for players there like space sim where you build your own ships, and download addons.
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Goury
451.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
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Authors notice:

The only problem I have with this game is that steam thinks I played it for 450 hours while it actually should be over nine thousands.

Yup, game is DRM-free so I can just copy it away from steam and use it alone without steam at all, It is convenient for backing up older versions and whatever.

As for the game, Squad is ♥♥♥♥♥♥ developer who can't seem to maintain itself, but at least they do care about fixing bugs after few years and the game is still updated and maintained. 1.1 was a disaster, but 1.2-prerelease seem fine. 1.0.5 was the most stable of them all.
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The review:

The game is good. But beware as this is not really a game but an advanced space sandbox. Career mode is just resource management addon for the sandbox mode. There isn't much to do in the game. There is no story, no quests, no nothing. All you can do is build whatever and fly it wherever. As for career mode, you just need to earn science points to unlock stuff and money points to buy it but that's it. Afrer you unlocked and bought parts you just build your enterprise and go crash it somewhere in the solar system.

There is not much to do on the planets, nor there anything on home planet. The most advanced missions looks like this: "go travel in three or four places on planet and click few buttons there". Or like this: "have this one-six useless persons on board and fly them to this locations".

There is few easter eggs to visit and some views might look really cute. But even ore mining is for nothing right now. So you can mine ore and refuel your ship. But why do you need this? To fly somewhere far away? But you can do it without mining and refining equipment way easier. Just because you can do it and it sounds cool?

YES! This is what this game all about. Do cool things because you want to do cool things. For no reason. For no goal. Just because you want to do some cool stuff.

Also space physics is very accurate in this game, except few minor flaws. Like rotation is not persistent. And planets can not rotate inclined. And few bugs.

Also do not watch tutorials by some disabled bald posers from youtube, research the game yourself. This way you will be free from any biases and will actually learn astrophysics.
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