Space Crew Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission. It's like helming your own Starship Enterprise or Millennium Falcon.

From the same developer as Bomber Crew and is a similar style of game. Rather than World War II though, players are tasked with defending Earth against a mysterious new alien menace by carefully recruiting crew members, designing their own spaceship and venturing across the cosmos.

What's so much fun about the game is selecting and training your crew, then working out how best to use them in each mission. The new space setting allows much more player freedom and campaign unpredictability than the World War setting, with much greater mission variety and deeper strategic gameplay.

You have to deal with alien boardings, getting sucked out into space, running out of oxygen, system failures, ship fires and whatever else the campaign can throw at you.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy.

Developer: @CurveDigital

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round of this game. Missions vary in length depending on difficulty and how far you are in the campaign.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 7+ for mild violence.

ESRB TEEN for Blood, Violence

AccessibilityAccessibility

A lot of small subtitles for dialogue. There is a Large UI option although this isn't enabled on Switch.

You can slow down and speed up time in the game to reduce pressure, although this is a combat game where pressure is designed to be part of the challenge.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Two Motions Targeted: Play with touchscreen, two simultaneous taps, swipes or hold gesture.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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