Starlite: Astronaut Rescue - Developed in Collaboration with NASA
Experience the thrill of standing in the boots of a future astronaut on Mars in the world of Starlite.Participate with your crewmate in a single-player 20 minute mini-adventure that soon turns into more than you bargained for on the Red Planet.
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Mostly Negative (191 reviews) - 38% of the 191 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 27, 2014

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About This Game

Experience the thrill of standing in the boots of a future astronaut on Mars in the world of Starlite.

Participate with your crewmate in a single-player 20 minute mini-adventure that soon turns into more than you bargained for on the Red Planet.

Players navigate a future Mars mission in which they must construct a habitat, craft tools and use advanced robots. The game contains hands-on science inquiry and problem solving in mathematics, physics and engineering.

Starlite: Astronaut Rescue is the first release in the series leading up to alpha testing of the multiplayer online game Starlite: Astronaut Academy in summer 2014.

People who purchase Starlite: Astronaut Rescue will be guaranteed a spot in the Starlite: Astronaut Academy beta test.

Features

  • Unity Terrain Mars Environment and Shadows
  • Futuristic "MNRV" advanced rover setting
  • Advanced "biosuit" style space suits by M.I.T.
  • Professional Voice Acting
  • Integrated Intelligent Science Crafting Engine
  • Realistic Physics for Mars Gravity
  • Realistic Locomotion
  • Advanced Robotic Rover Navigation
  • Original Story and Dialog

The application awards an official Mozilla Open Badge to those who successfully complete the mission.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium III or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB ATI Radeon/NVIDIA GEForce 4
    • DirectX: Version 9.0b
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OX X 10.2.8 or higher
    • Processor: 800 MHz PowerPC G4 Processor or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB ATI Radeon/NVIDIA GEForce 4
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Mostly Negative (191 reviews)
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(♥) Pink Lily
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
The game is toooo short. A fast and easy 100% for those that are achievement hunters.
You have several short task and 1 mission in the end.
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kyotohongaku
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
It's a good short story and definitely not a bad game, And i only wish there was some space for exploration, an open world
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Punio The Punisher
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Math....you gotta love it....
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bgrubz
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
Well its been a long time since I last playedd this game, actually went back and watched the blind play I recorded on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_He_ZAw-IA&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z13wjd4yqnecj5l4a04cjr14csqxs5daw14.

I've not played it since that recording mostly because I hadn't seen any updates to it and even now going through and looking it seems like the game got canned because there are poeple who will write negative review about something if you don't end up getting to kill things because its 'not a game' in those cases.

I for one enjoyed the game when it came out, and though math isn't my strongest skill didn't find it all that difficult to figure out the formula it gave you, I mean the calculator was right there and all it was was a division problem, not like we were trying to calculate the anti-sine cosine of a quadratic rectangular polygon or something. It felt like the game was ment for educational purposes and maybe be used in the class-room as a 'fun' way to teach kids maths and science. I could see that being the case if they added a few more scenarios/missions around that theme.
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♫ MoPcKo cBuH4e :d
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
I always loved the Space and things related to it (like this game). I enjoyed playing it, it was fun, but sadly it was too short. That's the only negative thing I can say, but I am giving this a positive review because it was an interesting and nice game. Easy to 100%. Grab this on sale (like I did) and I think you won't regret it.
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❤♥❤MyLittleUnicorn❤♥❤
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
Awesome game if you want to boost the number of completed games on your steam profile with 1 achievement that takes 10 minutes to achieve
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Nightwalker
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Very short, and it appears Project Whitecard is no longer active indeveloping any games at this time. This "game" is really a technology test, and should have never been sold. if they needed funding, they should have used Project Greenlight, and not sold game demos.

This replaced my postitive review from Feb 2014 review back when it looked like Project Whitecard might atually extend this into a full game. Two years later, and nothing at all.... I was *supposed* to be part of their game testing team, and I'm yet to have any new released to test. Go figure. Just as well though, this company is dead to me now.
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Reepus Vangaurd
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
dont get this
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Keymaster
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
It teaches you some science concepts like wave and frequency.

It's not a game, but it can be used as a teaching tool.
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Locoweed
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
Not really a 'game'. More like a 5 minute walking simulator, with a couple of math problems.

It's obviously trying to be a pilot for some kind of space program game, but there's not really much to do, and I get the feeling it's as complete as its going to be.

I wouldn't recommending paying money for this since Moonbase Alpha is free, much more entertaining and relevant to Space Science.
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RolanDecoy
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
This program presents itself as a game, and to be honest, it fits the definition, but it's definately not something you'd expect to see on Steam. It isn't terrible per se, but it can do with a LOT of improvement.

For starters, the player moves around like a steady-cam; Everything is smoothed out, from the movement over hills down to the motion of the mouse. It feels unnatural to the point it seems you're playing a drone of sorts.

Then there is the geometery; Terrain smoothing has been around for about a decade now, and it could have been used to some extent and look better than it does right now. Even with graphics set to the max I can see the edges a mile away. It is sloppy and it shouldn't have to be that way. And this doesn't go for just the terrain. The objects, entities and vehicles themselves look bad because of this. It is impossible to make a curved geometery that works on all hardware, but there are shaders and filters and all sorts of tricks that are very effective on that front.

Texture quality; Well, there is some, just not a whole lot. This is again one of those points that would have been acceptable a decade ago. With an option 'Beautiful' I expect to see high resolution textures.

This would all be acceptable in a simulator, which I suppose this falls under, if the actual simulation demanded high detail or amount of calculations that would justify sacrificing graphical fidelity. And that is probably what upsets me the most; It looks and feels quickly assembled in a Unity editor with little to no attention to detail or features.

It looks and feels like a demo, which, at the time I bought it (a few years ago) was a bit more expensive than the 5 bucks (if not less) that's advertised these days.

It does a good job as an educational tool, however, for both children who want to be astronauts and game developers alike (the latter probably isn't a complement though). It has some nice lessons in frequencies and stuff, but that's about the only thing it has going for it. Wel...it has the NASA logo up front, and it pained me to see the Gates Foundation in there as well, especially since it has the tendancy to crash when ALT+TABbing, but that may just be me.

All in all I cannot recommend this for what it is. I love the idea, but there is no game here. What little simulation it has is completely on rails and there is no way to mess up or discover something that deviates from the main story, which plot also escapes me...

I hope some developers got a lot of experience out of this, and I'm not sure about it's current price, but if you see this for anything over 50 cents, just leave it be.

One final sidenote, this is an alpha test for Starlite: Astronaut Academy, to be released in 2014. That was a year ago. It has been sold (and still is) as seperate full-release title (There is no Steam Early Access disclaimer on the store page). These 2 things don't bother me as much as the fact that over the years there have been no updates, improvements or anything that indicates this being a work in progress or part of a bigger project which is still in progress (although I'm pretty sure that one's dead as well).
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dayvan cowboy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2015
This should be free... And NASA shouldn't give its name to games like this.
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milocricket
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17, 2015
Well, it may have been created by professional people, "advanced "biosuit" style space suits by M.I.T.", but honestly, it's shocking how badly made this game is. You'd figure it would be amazing since it was made by people working at MIT and NASA, but no. This game is short, boring, glitchy, and the graphics make me want to cry. But hey, it's $3, so who cares?
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owlkiller99?
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13, 2015
it tried to make me do math
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kschang77
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4, 2015
My playthrough lasted exactly 19 minutes... As that's when I completed the darn game. Really. And I wasn't trying to play it fast. I think even kids who play this will finish in about 15 minutes. You're offered so much hand-holding in this game there's no sense of accomplishment. Boring.
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BullPunk
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4, 2015
Total game time from beginning to end: 22 minutes.

I don't regret buying it, because I at least got the achievement, but knowing 30 minutes ago what I know now, I would've passed.
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Orge Lambart
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4, 2015
Did you ever dream of going into space.... becoming an Astronaut and being one of the first people to stop foot on mars? When you were younger did you put on a tin foil helmet, tie a sheet around your neck, and climb piles of dirty clothes pretending you were walking on Mars... If so you were probably super stoked for this game... I never did these things though ..... (shifting my eyes from side to side to hide the fact I'm not being honest)...

I figured for less than a dollar I'd grab this game, try it out for the 20 or so minutes that people claimed I'd get from it, pat myself on the back for taking a trip to the red planet and feel joy.

Unfortunately that didn't happen, this game glitches like crazy..... the first glitch was the work bench, it wouldn't let me combine the items.... After trying about 1000 different directions I decided to check on line to see what I was doing wrong.... I did nothing wrong the game just didn't want to register that I was crafting....

So I finally get past this glitch and nearly immediately afterward I'm hit with a puzzle.... awesome... I solved the puzzle using the calculator..... sigh... again the game glitches up.

It's not the worst thing in the world, but gets kind of annoying that you need to continually restart from the beginning after every glitch.. I can't recommend this game at all, even for .89 cent. It's far too short and bug ridden to be worth a purchase at all.

Save your money for something else. The only saving grace is the fact that buying the game will allow you to get it's 1 achievement fairly easily... Is that enough to purchase the game.... well ask yourself if the extention of your e-peen is worth whatever price the game is selling for... I don't personally think it is.
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mattmunro
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4, 2015
Aah, my first 100% achievement game. I will remember it fondly. It's a bit of fun, but for 20 minutes it probably should be less than 50p; certainly not worth the £1.99 full price. So, yes at 75% off; no at standard price.
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Celtic Batman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6, 2015
I played this several months ago, and it was okay. It seems like there should be alot more, but as a very simple space walking sim it was okay. I got it on sale for less than $2US and overpaid.

I'd say at retail 3/10 but if it ever went into a bundle so it was less than 50c US then it might be worth the easy 100% achievement.
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Kobold Princess
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7, 2015
The Linux port is a complete farce - mouselook has been bugged since launch, and when the devs made it sort of work (by having the user click and drag their view around the screen, of all things) it turned out to be impossible to use the crafting bench anyway, rendering the game uncompletable.

For £2, it's usually hard to go wrong - but this game certainly provides a way to do so. Do not buy.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
The game is toooo short. A fast and easy 100% for those that are achievement hunters.
You have several short task and 1 mission in the end.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Math....you gotta love it....
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Well its been a long time since I last playedd this game, actually went back and watched the blind play I recorded on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_He_ZAw-IA&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z13wjd4yqnecj5l4a04cjr14csqxs5daw14.

I've not played it since that recording mostly because I hadn't seen any updates to it and even now going through and looking it seems like the game got canned because there are poeple who will write negative review about something if you don't end up getting to kill things because its 'not a game' in those cases.

I for one enjoyed the game when it came out, and though math isn't my strongest skill didn't find it all that difficult to figure out the formula it gave you, I mean the calculator was right there and all it was was a division problem, not like we were trying to calculate the anti-sine cosine of a quadratic rectangular polygon or something. It felt like the game was ment for educational purposes and maybe be used in the class-room as a 'fun' way to teach kids maths and science. I could see that being the case if they added a few more scenarios/missions around that theme.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Very short, and it appears Project Whitecard is no longer active indeveloping any games at this time. This "game" is really a technology test, and should have never been sold. if they needed funding, they should have used Project Greenlight, and not sold game demos.

This replaced my postitive review from Feb 2014 review back when it looked like Project Whitecard might atually extend this into a full game. Two years later, and nothing at all.... I was *supposed* to be part of their game testing team, and I'm yet to have any new released to test. Go figure. Just as well though, this company is dead to me now.
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57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
A 20-minute look into the bleak future of United States space exploration if we continue cutting NASA's budget and failing to educate our citizens in math and science compared to other countries. It's a little-known fact that, during the development of Starlite: Astronaut Rescue, highly intelligent individuals who once helped put man on the moon were forced to simulate having no scientific education. The result is a game with physics that are all wrong and only 20 minutes of plodding, unrealistic content—all they could manage to create under these conditions before giving up. A real eye-opener, and a future none of us want to live in.
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54 of 82 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
It looks good in the video and the notes seem intriguing, but for a a game that you play once, this should be free. It's an interesting educational tool that should be flushed out much more fully. The really is one task - determine the wavelength of a radio signal. The description makes it sound like there are more of these types of puzzles, but there aren't.

Even the surrounding terrain, which is supposed to be from Curiosity, is very low-res and could easily be improved upon.

All told, this looks like a 3D game kit's demo rather than a true game - even educational.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Did you ever dream of going into space.... becoming an Astronaut and being one of the first people to stop foot on mars? When you were younger did you put on a tin foil helmet, tie a sheet around your neck, and climb piles of dirty clothes pretending you were walking on Mars... If so you were probably super stoked for this game... I never did these things though ..... (shifting my eyes from side to side to hide the fact I'm not being honest)...

I figured for less than a dollar I'd grab this game, try it out for the 20 or so minutes that people claimed I'd get from it, pat myself on the back for taking a trip to the red planet and feel joy.

Unfortunately that didn't happen, this game glitches like crazy..... the first glitch was the work bench, it wouldn't let me combine the items.... After trying about 1000 different directions I decided to check on line to see what I was doing wrong.... I did nothing wrong the game just didn't want to register that I was crafting....

So I finally get past this glitch and nearly immediately afterward I'm hit with a puzzle.... awesome... I solved the puzzle using the calculator..... sigh... again the game glitches up.

It's not the worst thing in the world, but gets kind of annoying that you need to continually restart from the beginning after every glitch.. I can't recommend this game at all, even for .89 cent. It's far too short and bug ridden to be worth a purchase at all.

Save your money for something else. The only saving grace is the fact that buying the game will allow you to get it's 1 achievement fairly easily... Is that enough to purchase the game.... well ask yourself if the extention of your e-peen is worth whatever price the game is selling for... I don't personally think it is.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
NASA? Are you kidding me? This is incredibly poor simulator of doing nothing on Mars.
4/10
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2014
An incoherent mess, this title promises a parade of fail that will bemuse and then subsequently bore the player for roughly 15 minutes. It's trash but atleast it's short. F+
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84 of 145 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
So the positive - It looks kind of ok...ish? Otherwise MEH. One scientific equation, which isn't difficult and the rest is point and click. Your companion astronaut is also very annoying - luckily this is such a short game that you don't have to listen to him for long. I don't really know what I was expecting for just over a pound, but this really isn't great. Avoid!
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
This game is about 20 minutes and length and at the current time, it costs under $2.00. However, it was a long and painful 20 minutes, with graphical and interface glitches and unexplained slowdown. The graphics are horrendous and looked like something from 10 or 15 years ago. There really isn't much of a game here. You move from point A to point B several times, and have to solve a few math problems. Except with the poor calculator functionality, I opened up the Windows calculator instead. A waste of time, even if you're really into NASA and space exploration.
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120 of 214 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
I would NOT recommend this. This is NOT a game. It is a 10-minute horrendously slow experience with bad controls and the need to solve a math problem with insufficient information as to how to do it.
The 'game' has a replay value of -1. I wish I had never bought it or tried to play it.
There are also GUI element in the game screen which cannot be activated in any way.

-Twilight Stars
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A horrid semi-educational, semi-advertising piece for NASA. Dreadful and boring, but mercifully short to complete.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
Starlite: Astronaut Rescue is a 2002 tech demo for... oh wait. Nevermind. It's a "mini-adventure", sporting "Unity Terrain Mars Environment and Shadows, Futuristic advanced rover setting, advanced biosuit space suits, professional voice acting, realistic physics, original story and dialogue; and advanced robotic navigation".

Every single one of the aforementioned features are over-exaggerated. This cough game cough is what you'd expect from one of those 100 Games on 1 Disc compilations for Windows 95. It's truly awful, but luckily it lasts only 15 minutes.

My single positive for this title is that I encountered zero bugs/issues with my short experience. But, bugs/glitches are directly proportional to content, and so this is expected.

In your short experience you'll control a rover and a human character. The looking action is awful, and movement is just as bad thanks to really terrible mouse acceleration. It feels as if the player is on ice. This problem is disguised as 'realistic physics'. It's annoying, plain and simple. Jumping and staying in the air for 2 seconds longer, and walking with longer strides is realistic physics. Not releasing the W key and waiting 2 more seconds for your character to come to a halt. Eugh.

The story is a generic rescue mission, which is outlined in the title of the game. Going along as usual, someone had an accident, you have to find them by completing abstract tasks and finally you're rewarded by landing back at square one. There are a grand total of three 6th grade maths problems that need to be solved, a 30 seconds crafting bit (with a cluttered interface) and then a short driving and positioning part with a rover. Oh and someone said some words at one point.

Avoid.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
A very short "point and click" game that seems to be the developers way of putting out a demo/teaser of their game before they release their bigger project out there. Its simple and has its flaws but personally I like the idea and could see myself trying out the future releases as this first one was quite relaxing and casual to playthrough.

It only has one achievement and its for beating the game so nothing special you need to think about with this one.

Time to 100%: ~20 minutes
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Starlite: Astronaut Rescue Review from Episode 149 of Steam Shots

Starlite: Astronaut Rescue is sort of an educational title. It was made with the support of NASA and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, along with a few other supporters. The title is also really short, like 20 minutes short. It feels like a tablet game in the interactive section of a museum. Moving the camera was difficult, and felt more like I should be dragging my finger around, not pointing a mouse. It doesn’t help the cursor wouldn’t stay in my main monitor either, so I couldn’t get it back in the middle to click on things. The gameplay involves doing basic tasks, like go here, click on this and then it explains stuff to you in a really neat way. It also had you do a math problem that I just couldn’t figure out. Thank god I review games, not build rockets. This short title is a neat thing, and it’s still in early access, with a promised multiplayer mode coming out soon along with some more content once they get it all worked out. Hopefully it isn’t like the Mars Mission and set for a timely 2025 release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t4n4Xxqpf8
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45 of 81 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
It's a decent mini-adventure game. Unlike some other "unsatisfied people", It is quite enjoyable. Although, the only thing that really was out of place, was the "action-adventure music". (It wasn't bad, but it felt like it didn't belong there.)

The voice acting is quite nice and graphics are "ok". Not really up-to-date graphics, but for what the "game" was meant to be, it is acceptable. The game doesn't really tell much information about why you are there and doesn't really let you explore things, unfortunately. "the story" is over before you know it.

So your question is, is it worth the money/time?

For someone who is looking for a game, I don't think this is your thing.
If you are looking for something short and unique? Then sure, why not? It's not like it's a lot of money.

I rate this "mini-adventure" a 6.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
The controls are broken. Mouselook, but the mouse just... blows off the screen. You can't turn more than ~45 degrees in either direction.

Did anybody actually TEST this before they pushed it into production?
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
I played this several months ago, and it was okay. It seems like there should be alot more, but as a very simple space walking sim it was okay. I got it on sale for less than $2US and overpaid.

I'd say at retail 3/10 but if it ever went into a bundle so it was less than 50c US then it might be worth the easy 100% achievement.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
The Linux port is a complete farce - mouselook has been bugged since launch, and when the devs made it sort of work (by having the user click and drag their view around the screen, of all things) it turned out to be impossible to use the crafting bench anyway, rendering the game uncompletable.

For £2, it's usually hard to go wrong - but this game certainly provides a way to do so. Do not buy.
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