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The Sound Of Space: Sputnik Dog Simulator

This one sounds great.

Space, the final frontier. We boldly go, desperate to escape this rock we’ve despoiled, after boldly blasting up a few animals to see if they get turned-inside out or become psychic or develop space-cancer that seems miles of flesh burst and stream and reach out of a little monkey. I’d be a lot bolder knowing none of those would happen to me.

We have plenty of games about spacepeople, but what about spacedogs? Here, have a go at Sputnik Dog Simulator [official site], a free audio-driven game about drifting through the void. Pop your headphones on.

It’s a big soundscape to move through, layers of mysterious ethereal roars, radio signals, and who even knows what else? It’s interesting and eerie and exciting and unsettling to explore. Take your time!

It’s controlled primarily with the mousewheel, zooming in and out, and holding mouse buttons makes the zoom faster or slower. You can just whizz through it all, but why would you?

You can play in your browser for free. Made by Reed Erlandson, it’s obviously inspired by Laika, the first living creature humanity put into space, aboard Sputnik 2. Here’s a fun space fact: we were taught at school that Laika died when oxygen ran out after several days but no, in 2002 Russia revealed she had overheated within hours. Sputnik 2 orbited the Earth for 162 days before burning up on re-entry.

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