Spaceteam (Series) Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’, ‘Autospoon’. To avoid crashing, the team must follow commands within a few seconds. ‘Set the Astral Synth to 5’, for example. The twist is that the instructions on one screen may be for switches on another player’s control panel. The challenge is to communicate this quickly enough to other players trying to do the same. It’s a communication challenge that is not only entertaining but can be used to teach foreign languages.

This game quickly descends into shouting and then the ship crashes. Teams need to come up with ways to communicate in order to avoid this if they are going to do well.

There is an updated version called Spaceteam VR , Oculous, PC and PlayStation VR, where you play in a virtual space ship. It has the same pressing buttons and pulling lever gameplay but you do it with a headset on. Because it's on more flexible hardware it can offer a wider range of game modes.

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It means you can collaborate to pilot your ship in three different ways:
  • Online VR Multiplayer: Up to six players, connected to the internet, in any popular VR headset join in a cooperative game of trying to avoid their binding doom.
  • Local Mobile Multiplayer: Up to six players, play locally with at least one VR headset and connected smart devices, this offers an experience much like the original Spaceteam game. In the VR game each mobile player is represented by a robot.
  • Single Player: If you don’t have any friend around or there's no one online you want to play with head to the Practice Mode and you and two of our trusty robots will form your Spaceteam.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Rounds can last up to 15 minutes or so, as players become proficient. There is a variety of modes and awards to unlock that extend longevity.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Free to play, with some optional upgrades you can pay to unlock just once.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 3+ with in-game purchases.

ESRB EVERYONE with in-game purchases.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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