Kerbal Space Program Launches Demo Into Internet

By Jim Rossignol on February 13th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.


As you probably know by now, Kerbal Space Program is a game about getting tiny alien people into the heavens. It comes with calamities and accidents. It comes with great victories and visions of orbital accomplishment. They’ve announced a new demo. That means you should download and play it if you haven’t already. Gameplay video belooooooooooow. And you can read the developers explain themselves here.

Spaaaace!

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  1. luukdeman111 says:

    maaaannn…. i love this game….

  2. LionsPhil says:

    Oh boy oh boy.

    Although I still never managed to get to Mun before running out of time to spend on it.

    • Grey Ganado says:

      Sounds like it’s time to buy the game.

      • LionsPhil says:

        The time wasn’t limited from their end.

        That’s kind of the problem. Had this been some years back, I’d have sunk into this like I did when it first showed up and I burned days getting a stable orbit going. And that was great; one of those rewarding hard-work gaming moments.

        But I don’t have that kind of time any more. So if I buy it, I will still probably never reach Mun. Setting up a space station looks even less likely.

        • Tiax says:

          Awwww come on, you can learn how reach the Mun in like 30 minutes if you watch a few youtube videos, it really isn’t that big a deal.

          What is a big deal is the feeling you get once you’ll succeed. !

          • LionsPhil says:

            I dunno; following a walkthrough for KSP kind of seems like it’d undermine it? The trial-and-so-many-errors discovery is a large part of the game.

          • Phantoon says:

            Yeah, watching how to do it is like cheating yourself out of the experience. I wish I hadn’t looked up half the things I did for Dark Souls, it really dampened my enjoyment.

          • Tiax says:

            KSP isn’t only about trial&error, it’s also about understanding some fundamental physic mechanisms who are simply not intuitive.

            You can try as long as you want and yet never be able to reach a distant planet because you lack the basic knowledge, which can be quickly learnt by watching a YouTube tutorial.

  3. PitfireX says:

    I bought this game like 6 months ago… it’s THE BEST! Glad to see it finally getting some spotlight!! If I were you guys I would just skip the demo and go straight for the game. It also has a HUGE community for mods and addons that really add the flair to the game.

  4. Ninja Foodstuff says:

    I really need to spend some time with this. It just seems so overwhelmingly complex to get stuck into.

    • Chuckaluphagus says:

      It really isn’t. I mean, sure it’s a lot more involved to get a mission to the Mun going, let alone other planets. But if you just want to mess around, get some orbital flights going, or make ridiculous space jalopies that have a better-than-50% chance of failing hilariously, that’s all very easy right from the get-go. Constructing a basic rocket is literally just dragging, dropping and hitting a few buttons. Plus, there are in-game tutorials now.

  5. Borklund says:

    SPACEFACE

    This game is delightful by the way.

  6. warsarge says:

    I can’t tell you how many great stories I’ve gotten from this game – here are some of my favorites:

    Finally getting into orbit and return, only to realize that I forgot to put a parachute on the return vehicle.

    Not having enough stabilizers on my secondary rockets, and having two go blasting off by themselves, but still manage to get into orbit and dock with my space station.

    50 variants of a launcher and lander before I finally Landed on the Mun. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Not enough fuel to get home. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    Building the perfect launcher that puts me on the Mun, returns me, and I land within 50′ of the launch pad. So very, very, very, sweet.

    And in general – YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! quickly followed by NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • Bracknellexile says:

      The YEEESSSSSS! NOOOOO! moments are what I love about KSP. In my case the most recent one was getting within a couple hundred metres of my first docking attempt, orbits aligned, velocities fairly well matched (YEESS!) and then running out of fuel and watching the two halves of my proto-space-station drift helplessly past each other. NOOOOOO!

      Some of the resource-management stuff they’re planning for the next release looks fantastic. One day I will have mining colonies on distant moons, oh yes! They may be built in the craters of spectacularly failed attempts at mining colonies but I can just call that high-explosive pre-drilling excavation.

  7. Mrs Columbo says:

    Once I scrape some pennies together I really must get this. I played the first demo a lot when it was first released a couple of years-ish ago and I loved it.

  8. NinebreakerN7 says:

    The RPS group for this (Rock, Paper, Splashdown) is pretty great, as well. They helped out a lot once I picked up the game (from hearing about it here). The game is certainly worth the $24, even though they’re still currently updating it.

  9. Zeno says:

    This is my favorite game right now. There are regular (every 2-4 months) updates which add significant, game-changing content, but every release would be a fantastic game in its own right.

  10. Perjoss says:

    Hmm, looks like this game has been out for a while… somehow I missed the launch for this one, but no problem! I shall go make some space on my hard drive right now.

  11. Tiax says:

    Kudos to the dev team, they pulled off something *really* unique with KSP. Everyone should give it a go. It’s fun, plain and simple.

  12. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    We meet at a pizza store noted for marinara sauce, in a city noted for its deep pan crust, in a State noted for its cheese, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The higher our knowledge launches, the deeper our ignorance craters.

    Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the snack-pocket revolution, the first waves of modern trading card games, and the first wave of pop music, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. For the eyes of Kerbin now look into space, to the Mun and to the planets beyond.

    We choose to go to the Mun. We choose to go to the Mun tomorrow evening, just after dinner, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, and because we just accidentally bought a shedload of rocket parts on eBay.

    Many years ago the great Kerbish explorer George Kerbman, who was to die on Mount Kerberest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “I’m trying to escape my ex-wife.”

    Well, my ex-wife is here, and the Mun and the planets are there.

    I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before tomorrow is out, of landing a Kerbal on the Mun and maybe returning him to Kerbin.

    If anyone would like to read my mission to Mun so far, we may adjourn to my Blogging Parlour to continue.

    • Durkonkell says:

      Milord, it is at times like this that I wish there were a ‘follow’ button for RPS commenters as well as a ‘block’ one.

    • Bracknellexile says:

      *stands and applauds, wipes tear from eye*

      Well said, that Kerbal, well said!

    • LionsPhil says:

      *lower lip tremble*

    • Mrs Columbo says:

      See that? That’s the Right Stuff right there, that is.

    • iucounu says:

      Marvellous. Clicking through immediately.

    • TheMick says:

      Excellently written! The mental image of a disheveled little green kerbalnaut safely returning from orbit and staggering his way to the space center gift shop to redeem his reward vouchers is entirely hilarious!

  13. SuperNashwanPower says:

    I want to suck their heads.
    Their heads look like those lime sweets with chocolate centres you used to get from UK newsagents.

    Also do not snigger at “suck their heads”. Filthy minded individual.

  14. P4p3Rc1iP says:

    GOTY for me, for the past 2 years!

  15. JuJuCam says:

    I’ve bought a copy of KSP just because I’ve spent hours watching videos of hilarious failures and occasional successes and I felt it was worth rewarding the insane geniuses behind this plaything.

    Haven’t even spent an hour actually playing it myself.

    Still the best moneys I’ve ever thrown at my screen.

  16. mactenchi says:

    Does it seem strange to anyone else that they’re releasing a demo for a game that’s still in active development (i.e. not actually done yet)? Rubs me the wrong way.

    • Liudeius says:

      The “demo” has been out for a long time. Initially the game was free (in early development) I think. After adding the basic features, they decided to make the game as it was at that point into a free demo version, and make any later alterations only available to those who paid.
      This new “demo” is just upgrading the old trial version of the game so its features are more in line with the current development.

      It’s basically the same thing as Minecraft. You can buy the Alpha/Beta stage of the game, or play around with an earlier development version (creative in the case of Minecraft).

      • LionsPhil says:

        IIRC they were pretty clear way back when this first showed up on RPS that eventually it’d be not-free, too.

  17. Liudeius says:

    That title is deceptive, all they have done is upgraded the demo. It’s still basically the same demo too (parts wise), just with some physics adjustments.

    But that game is great, I haven’t bought it yet so I was hoping this new demo would have space planes. I guess I’ll buy it soon.

  18. Mrs Columbo says:

    After seeing the splash screen on the demo countless times I had become convinced that the developers were called ‘Monkey Squad’. Much better name.

  19. Neurotic says:

    Quick question – I’ve been playing the 1.3.3. demo since last week when KSP was featured here or on PCG, and I remember reading that anything you put in orbit stays in orbit. Only, I haven’t noticed any of my half-a-dozen stranded capsules up there. Is that something you only get in the full version, or is it just the vastness of space laughing at my puny human eyesight?