Review Space Mission
Find out why navigating in space is hard
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 18 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful graphics, difficult gameplay
The banner ads detract from the experience, gravity feels a little too strong
Gravity is a heck of a thing, and in Space Mission for Android, you’ll come to understand a new dislike for the phenomenon that you never even knew you had. In this game, you are tasked with piloting a spacecraft that is trying its hardest to save people who have somehow managed to fly off into space.
Seeing each objective is easy--this isn’t a puzzle game--it’s getting to the people and then the exit that’s rough. You see, piloting a spaceship is difficult stuff. The first few levels will have you simply learning to use your thrusters. You have limited fuel, but that’s okay because once you start moving in space, you never stop unless you have resistance to force you to. Once you master your thruster, you’ll soon be thrown into a situation where you’ll need to actually steer your ship. This is when you’ll need to actually wake up because you can’t simply point your ship in a direction and go. You need to use your thrusters as part of the equation when it comes to steering.
The real difficult part is when planets get thrown into the equation. Planets are not true to scale, so they’ll often be small, but don’t overestimate their gravitational pull. You’ll be able to see where you can safely orbit around them. Staying on the outskirts of this orbit is difficult because you can’t have too much thrust going, and if you get too close then you have very likely to get sucked into the planet. Eventually, the game forces you to mingle a bit too close to planets when you’re collecting astronauts, and this is where the game begins to get really difficult. Getting out of a gravitational pull can consume all of your fuel, and you have limited time due to oxygen constraints, so figuring out just exactly where to go is difficult.
Space Mission is a great and fun game that is only limited by its ability to do one thing really well. The whole premise of the game revolves around only a few mechanics and there isn’t much to do or collect outside of those few things. So while the game can be fun at times, any hint of frustration could lead the player to closing out of the game and never coming back.