Kerbal Space Program Reviews

Kerbal Space Program is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
May 5, 2015

"Kerbal" is best appreciated as a space for lingering contemplation spread across three radically different dimensions of experience — the theoretical, cinematic, and subjective. Like space travel itself, the deeper one goes, the greater the sense of smallness, creating a burgeoning humility for how much is still undiscovered.

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Sep 12, 2016

This game simply should have stayed on PC. With its confusing control scheme and burdensome cursor navigation, it was never destined for consoles. I imagine that the game's success on PC made it a pretty safe bet to make some money on consoles (and I'm sure that with the initial $40 price it did just that), but it simply doesn't port well.

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4.3 / 5.0
Dec 18, 2019

It is without a doubt that both the 'Making History' and 'Breaking Ground' expansions bring a lot to 'Kerbal Space Program'. The addition of new features, game mechanics and parts have been well thought out and add an enormous amount of gameplay possibilities. One thing I really like about these expansions is that there is something for everyone regardless of what skill level or how long they've been playing for. I do highly recommend these expansions for anyone who is a fan of KSP and want to get the most out of the game. My only issue is that KSP is still a really tricky game and I feel that a bit more could have been done to improve the tutorial and how to use these new features.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2015

Kerbal Space Program is exactly as fun as it seems, with challenge and entertainment to spare.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2016

On PS4, Kerbal Space Program is a lazy shoehorning of the PC title onto a console with next to no regard as to how it should look, play or control on that platform.

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May 16, 2015

Kerbal Space Program isn't just a fantastic space game. It's one of those games that makes you glad you play on PC, because it could only come to exist on PC.

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Marooners' Rock
Aaron Giddings
7.6 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

If ever there was a poster game for how "Edutainment" should be done, it's this. KSP has gotten my ten-year-old thinking about orbital mechanics and interested in space in a way no textbook has done.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2016

‎As a concept, ‎‎Kerbal Space Program‎‎ is something unique. Its depth and realism provide a unique and very satisfying experience if you have the necessary patience and dedication, but the game also suffers from several design problems that bring it dangerously close to the terrain of frustration and, as an adaptation, it is a product that could have been much better. That said, if you're a fan of everything space-related or sci-fi, it's worth it and not as expensive as an average game.‎

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Top Critic
9 / 10
Jul 22, 2016

When you plan the flight, build the shuttle, finance the whole thing, and bring your crew back safely, you feel like a superhero.

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Jul 27, 2015

Frequent and humorous efforts within the game try to suggest otherwise, but Kerbal Space Program is an intelligent and inspirational game.

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7 / 10
Jul 29, 2016

We both had an interesting experience writing our part of this Kerbal Space Program review, and your mileage will vary depending on how big of a sim fan you are.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mikhail M.
Top Critic
Aug 3, 2016

Kerbal Space Program is a fantastic game but one that you should play on PC. I can forgive some of the control issues because of the limitations of the platform but we've seen other developers do intuitive controls for games designed initially for PC like Divinity: Original Sin and even Blizzard's Diablo III. Imagine buying a great physics text book but only being able to read it while using oven mitts to turn the pages. That is Kerbal Space Program on PlayStation 4.

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Aug 10, 2016

Graphically Kerbal Space Program game is very cute, but not particularly vibrant, and the colors and textures look somewhat dull. There are some issues with framerate drops here and there. I had quite a bit of fun with Sandbox more for many hours, just playing around with the parts and creating different designs – there was a lot of room for experimentation, and I LOVED that. The game might at first seem pretty expensive for an indie game, but you could easily end up pouring 100+ hours in it, so it is definitely worth it in that sense. Hopefully my Kerbal Space Program review has shown you if this is the type of game you'd like to play!

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90 / 100
May 15, 2015

Kerbal space program is more than a game. It's a teacher, a guide and a key to understanding how the universe works.

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Nov 16, 2019
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Aug 16, 2016

Regardless of what platform Kerbal Space Program is on, it's still a fantastic experience. The excitement of the flight, the edge-of-your-seat moments when re-entering orbit, or the magnificent failures during flight will never not be amazing. But I don't recommend the PS4 as the platform to play on. Play this on PC with a decent rig and never look back.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2016

"Kerbal Space Program provides both entertainment and education. Offering players the chance to live out the dream of becoming a rocket scientist without the certain impending lawsuit from the many, many explosions after an unsuccessful launch".

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2016

Several times, I've taken to the skies and exploded. Several times, I've wanted to snatch a Kerbal by his unconcerned cheeks and scream, "Don't just sit there in slack-jawed amazement! Fly this thing, dammit!" But with all that failure and frustration followed intense self-congratulation -- the moment I realized I got a ship shaped like a pizza to fly, or the second I safely returned my Kerbal physicist from a successful Mun (Moon) orbit. Through persistence, trial-and-error, and learning the fundamentals of actual space travel, I somehow met with success. It's the type of success that's intoxicating, and, if you have a penchant for physics or space exploration, completely necessary.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2016

Kerbal Space Program's selling price is moderately steep even during sale events, but the sheer amount of gameplay hours you can get from it is all worth it. The mere fact that there's some real science going on behind the game is telling us that this game is no joke.

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Jul 23, 2016

Kerbal Space Program is an easy game to recommend to anyone curious about physics, rocketry, orbital mechanics, or anyone who wants to shoot off rockets and blow stuff up. If you're seriously considering the Xbox One port, I have to assume you can't play the PC version – so keep that in mind when looking at the score. The Xbox One version isn't the best way to get Kerbal Space Program compared to the PC version, but if your options are "Xbox One" or "Not at All," I wholeheartedly suggest picking it up.

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