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.
User reviews: Mixed (172 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I am not smart enough to finish the very very first task, i'm just glad it was a quick unistall
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Appalingly bad. This fails as an educational game, as a simulation, and as a game.. Also, as art, and as an experience in general. The educational component is not even there except as a pretense. The game constis basically consits of moving from place to place and doing three division problem (no variables involved, just grade school ariuthmetic), and clicking on whatever. No narrative, no art, awkward controls, lousy voice acting, bad script. There is nothing good about this game. Even worse than G-Ball. Not even so-bad-it's-good. Just ... failure.

I gather that there are runours to the effect that this will become something more, or that what we've really bought here is a ticket to betaland or something, but really, between this and G-Ball, there's nothing here to indicate the discipline or competence or vision to produce anything worth waiting for.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This is greaterest space game in space to ever take place in space. I loved the part where i had to do gradeschool math in space. The best element had to be that it was in space.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I was so bored I cried. Just say NO kids.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
This game plays like a PG movie with the music and all. Very light-hearted rescue mission that takes place somewhere in space. Game mechanics were very fluid although I did have one problem with the mouse cursor popping up from time to time when I didn't really want it to. Biggest downfall of the game is that it's a very short game (12 minutes if you speed run it--20 if you take your time). I only recommend this game for those interested in getting another 100% achievement game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I wish there was a yes and no button for recommending this game to people. I only recommend it to people that are REALLY interested in space stuff. I was a little disappointed with how short it was but I understand that you guys had a team of only 5 programmers or so and programming a 3D game in itself is difficult. I just wish there was more content. :)
Good job though and I commend your efforts to educate people on how to figure out someone's location using radio signals.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
this game is complete ♥♥♥. and not the good kind. if you enjoy having to do college level math to complete a level then by all means have fun. but if not, please lock this game in the basement with the dead hookers.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
hi my name is jake can you add freeplay on the game its cool and i give it 5 stars but i give it 100000 stars if it added freeplay
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
2.99 for this? Should be free...it's not even really a game.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
oh it's going to be a morp or multiplayer. well idk. this isnt a game yet. the pictures are the whole mini story. not mad, I have a beta position, whatever. I rode space mountain at disneyland, never again! don't ride it if you are older than about 25, and don't let let little kids on
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Let me start off this review by saying that this in no way can be considered a game. This is some BS game that you would find on like PBS.org or something. It starts off looking like if Destiny were made for the PS1, and introduces players to the world of Mars, so essentially all you do is pull out a space snake which looks creepy AF and then proceed to do math, math, MATH, IN A VIDEO GAME. Need I say more? Don't buy this game unless you just have money coming gracefully flowing out of your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
5 min game, not worth it don't buy it not worth the money
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I like this game, it is short but it is okay.

But still has a problem with fps.
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
To the people who think this game is bad: its not exatly.

The game is a demo for another game Starlite:Astronaut acedemy. Purchasing this game will get you garuntted for a beta testing of the game Starlite:Astronaut acedemy. Maybe the people why hate this should check it out. A good 30 minute game demo kind of thing. so your paying for a 30 minute game and a beta test F2P. 7/10
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159 of 179 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Please note before buying (as the description states but some people seem to be really confused by, though I'm not sure how) that this is a 20 minute game, like a teaser for Starlite Astronaut Academy, an upcoming NASA MMO. Purchasing this will also grant you access (in the future) to Astronaut Academy's Beta.

So now, onto the game itself. I'll talk about each bit in categories to make this as user-friendly as possible. I usually don't do reviews, but all the reviews I've seen so far really don't detail anything or y'know...REVIEW anything. So uh, I'll try my best. This may actually be less of a review and more of feedback, but...it is what it is. Apologies in advance for my verbosity.

Graphics
While the graphics aren't, uh, stellar (heh, space puns), they aren't awful, either. It’s very apparent that it was made in Unity, but not in a wholly bad way. It may not be up to par with today's graphics, but I'm not sure what anyone was expecting from a game that costs less than a take-out lunch. All in all, they're okay. If I could compare them to other graphics, I'd probably pin it somewhere in the 2003-2005 console graphics range. If you're one of those abhorred graphics snobs, you're not going to enjoy it at all. For the rest of us, well, like I said, they're alright.

Design
Okay, I'm gonna say it now, I love the space suit designs, especially the helmets. While I'm sure it wasn't anyone's intention (it actually seems like a smart, functional design for a real-world helmet) it's very reminiscent of Guy-Manuel's (of Daft Punk) helmet. ...That actually might explain my interest. The design for the player character is...interesting to say the least. For some reason, they're wearing a space-agey duster jacket. It’s odd, but I guess the designers were just trying to find a simple way to differentiate them from the assistant. My only qualm with this is that they missed the Opportunity (heh.) to give them a cowboy hat. C'mon, you don't wear a duster without a cowboy hat. The vehicle design is simplistic and very rover-esque, which is dandy but not particularly eye-catching. The landscape is 'eh' to say the least. It's not that I think Mars is some aesthetically engaging environment, but I just feel like there's more to it than hilly formations. Overall, the designs are kinda hit-and-miss, but look nice where it counts. I think things would look a lot better if they weren't crippled by the graphics.

Audio
Speech - The voice-acting is so-so, I really wasn't expecting some incredible line-reading to rock the world of voice characterization forever but some lines could've had a little more... something. I guess you could say...Spirit? (Do you hate me yet? I hope so. I've got puns for days)
Music - On par with the rest of the game. Not incredible, but not LIEK OMG THE WORST EVAR like I've heard from a few people. A few loops probably made in FL Studio does not a AAA game make, but I've heard much worse out of games I've spent much more on.

[deep breath]Gameplay
Movement/Camera - I had to remind myself that this is a work-in-progress/teaser when it came to this. The camera, while not laggy, was very slow, which would be rectified by having a Mouse Sensitivity setting in the future. Movement was alright, it’s very very Unity in this aspect.
Play - Imagine cookies. Chocolate chip cookies (if you don't like cookies, you're going to have to suck it up through an extended cookie analogy, you non-cookie-liking weirdo). Imagine hearing about them being baked, and being told how absolutely amazing they taste. Fresh out of the oven and sitting on the counter, they achieved that cookie Zen; a slightly crisp outside with a still warm, fluffy and just a tad gooey middle. You keep hearing about how perfect they are, but when handed one, you feel a little crestfallen. You only got part of a cookie! And, hey, there's only one chocolate chip on here! You're gently reminded that another batch will be out soon enough, and to not get too upset. This type of game has been that cookie to me for a very long time. A game that combines modern (maybe a little overdone to some) FPS gameplay in a learning-based (I've really wanted a learning game that's actually entertaining for a long, long time) adventure environment. I've had a long-time avid interest (borderlining on an unhealthy preoccupation) in space travel and exploration (Fun fact: I got to have lunch with an astronaut when I was 13 and as soon as I saw him I immediately burst into tears. I've never been more starstruck in my life) so this game and any upcoming games are of great interest to me. My only problem is that I felt like everything was just kinda... watered down. Once again, 20 minute game, but I feel like the activities (especially the math) needed to be a little meteor (I'M NOT SORRY), though I'm sure I'm not the target demographic for this game.

So, uh, I think that about wraps my thoughts on the game up. I'll probably post thoughts/suggestions in the forums, but for now, I'm done! If I could give this game a rating in its present state (because people loooove their ratings, don't they), I would have to say a 6/10, mainly because of the potential it has, and maybe a little because of my own space-loving bias.

Sorry you had to rove through this massive wall of text.
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50 of 77 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
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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119 of 211 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
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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