Space Program Manager (SPM) Road to the Moon is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the race for dominance between the US and the Soviet Union is about to move into a new dimension: space.
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Mostly Positive (269) - 78% of the 269 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 31, 2014

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August 12

New websites!

Hello all! Last month we unveiled new product pages for our classic game 'Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager'. and for our current game project 'Space Station Designer'. Today we're happy to share with you our new company's webpage!

The articles from our previous development blog, which has now been renamed to 'Gimbal Lock', are still there.

We also started a mailing list, so if you want to keep up to date with the development of our projects, please subscribe.

Have a great week!

--Ignacio and Mauricio (Polar Motion)
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July 3

Space Station Designer

Hello all! Some of you might know this because we've mentioned it in some of our answers to user reviews for 'Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager' but, in case you missed it, you will be happy to know that we've been working on a space station construction and management game named 'Space Station Designer'.

We conducted an open alpha in December 2017, got a lot of useful feedback and charted a new development roadmap accordingly. The game is still under heavy development and it will take a while to be completed (we're only two developers working on it part-time), but we've reached a point where most of the basic ingredients are already in place and we'll be able to share periodic updates with the community :)

Today, we're happy to unveil a brand new webpage for 'Space Station Designer'

And we're also starting a mailing list! So if you want to get periodic updates about the development of the game and have access to the closed alpha (which we're planning to start soon), please subscribe using this form.

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,

--Ignacio and Mauricio (Polar Motion)
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“Definitely lives up to the predecessor in both feel and game play”
8.1/10 – Space Sector

“With Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager, simulation fans will actually find something new and refreshing and an excellent new take on space-related simulation titles.”
7.75/10 – Chalgyr's

“I simply recommend that players who have any predisposition for the heroic or romantic or scientific should try this particular manager out.”
The Wargamer

About This Game

Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager (SPM) Road to the Moon is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the race for dominance between the US and the Soviet Union is about to move into a new dimension: space. Take charge of the US or Soviet space agencies - your duty is be the first to the moon. Carefully manage your budget by opening programs, spending R&D funds on improving the hardware, recruiting personnel and launching space missions in this realistic turn based strategy game.

Road to the Moon features the race to the Moon, the historical event that started in the early 1960s and that ended in July 1969, after the successful completion of the Apollo 11 mission.

The game features both a campaign and a sandbox mode. In campaign mode, you will be able to play as the Director of either NASA or the Soviet Space Agency in order to beat the other side to be the first on the Moon. You can also lead the Global Space Agency (GSA), an fictional space agency that combines programs from all the major space agencies in the world . In the GSA campaign, you will need to address the requests and short-term goals issued by government, and is geared towards those players who prefer a game experience focused on exploration instead of competition. Alternatively, all three space agencies feature a Sandbox mode, which provides a more open-ended experience and allows you to try out different approaches without any political pressure.

You will be able to develop dozens of programs. Some examples include the X-15 and the PKA space planes, the Sputnik satellite, the Mercury, Voskhod, Apollo and Soyuz manned spacecraft and the Mars Viking probe. You are not limited to missions that did launch, as as the game also allows you to try out many concepts that were planned but that never left the drawing board. For example, instead of sending men to the Moon using the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) approach used by Project Apollo in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you will be able to rewrite history and use either the alternative Gemini Earth Orbit Rendezvous (EOR) or Gemini Direct Ascent (DA) schemes. The number of options available ensure every game will be different and there is huge replay value.

To verify its accuracy and authenticity, the game, is being developed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former U.S. Air Force combat pilot (66 missions in Korea) and NASA astronaut, who took part in the first Moon landing mission and became the second human being to walk on the Moon.

If you have any interest in space exploration and the events that transpired during the 'Race to the Moon', this is a game you just do not want to miss!


  • Three different campaign modes: play as NASA or the Soviet space agency in order to be the first on the Moon or play as the Global Space Agency (GSA) and deal with the short-term objectives issued by politicians.
  • Manage all aspects of your space agencies from their inception in the 1950's through to the manned lunar landing missions
  • Play the race to the Moon campaign mode against other players using Slitherine’s PBEM system.
  • The Sandbox mode allows you to play as any of the three space agencies and removes all competition restrictions. You will have a fully featured playground in order to try out different approaches to space exploration!
  • Create space programs and launch missions inspired by real programs such as the X-15 Space plane, the Sputnik satellite, the Gemini, Vostok and Apollo manned spacecraft and a lot more!
  • Research and develop dozens of mission components from several program categories.
  • Develop your facility with advanced structures and upgrades including the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Mission Control Centre.
  • Recruit and train astronaut candidates and assign them to missions.
  • Assemble an elite team of Scientists, Engineers, Technicians (SET), Flight Controllers for the best chance of success.
  • Manage your agency's budget.
  • Mission components have an associated reliability factor and can cause catastrophic failures.
  • Vast amounts of historical research ensure that the game's huge database features missions that launched and many more that never left the drawing board!
  • A vast array of components built in 3D and rendered out in exquisite detail allow you to follow the progress of your missions via animated sequences.
  • The Buzz-opedia gives background information on the real programs, missions and hardware throughout the game.
  • The soundtrack features a unique playlist for each space agency and numerous tracks for the mission animations.

    Designed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot and the second human being to set foot on the Moon.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2008/2003
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Video RAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum screen resolution: 1366x768
    • OS: OS: Mac OS 10.6+
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space

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