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9 Great Games Like Kerbal Space Program

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Kerbal Space Program.
 

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game. You direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.

Unfortunately, Kerbal Space Program is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/03/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @SquadDevs

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Hand Picked Games Like Kerbal Space Program

These are our hand-picked games similar to Kerbal Space Program. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Kerbal Space Program. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Tracks The Train Set Game

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @WhoopGroup

Players: This is a single player game

This is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to scale. It's a very...

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data Maps...

Astroneer

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Price: 35% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @SES_dev

Players: This is a single player game

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...

Surviving Mars

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @HaemimontGames

Players: This is a single player game

Surviving Mars is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth...

TerraTech

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 04/07/2018

Price: 30% off

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @PayloadStudios

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...

Everspace (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 25/05/2017, updated in 2021

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @RockFishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Everspace 2 is a space shooting and exploration game. You travel star systems, gaining goods and items from the planets you find, but soon encounter a unravelling narrative that draws you in. Unlike other space games, it combines elements of open world...

Mass Effect (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @Bioware

Players: This is a single player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

Heat Signature

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @GunpointGame

Players: This is a single player game

Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways...

Observation

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @_NoCode

Players: This is a single player game

Observation puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than human protagonist. Your limited view,...

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Kerbal Space Program is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Kerbal Space Program in the following lists:

Expand LEGO Style Play

These are games that involve actual Lego bricks or offer an experience that has the same plug and play building and creating as the classic toy.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

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Eco

PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

Ico

PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico

Hoa

Kine

PEGI Rating 3+ for Kine

Pode

PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode

Roki

PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki

Eco

PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco

Portal

PEGI Rating 12+ for Portal

Fez

PEGI Rating 3+ for Fez
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