My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. If you’ve already begun furiously composing an email reminding me that Pluto’s been demoted from planet-status, then congratulations, you’re definitely a Space Geek!
Welcome to the best relatively-unknown Android apps for the skywardly-obsessed, for those who dream of dark matter, for anyone who’s seriously considered naming their firstborn Oort. These are the ones we expert reviewers just love, but that the world at large hasn’t stumbled across just yet. Most of ‘em are free, and the paid ones are utterly worth a buck or two.
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I know you look up into the night sky too and think, damn, what if I had gone to Space Camp? An app can’t send you on the Vomit Comet, but it CAN alert you when to look up at Really Cool Stuff passing just overhead. RunaR’s ISS Detector alerts your phone whenever the International Space Station and Iridium flares are visible. Tell me that isn’t the coolest app idea you’ve ever heard. Go on, tell me (nerd).
Feed your inner geek with Earth-Now, the NASA app that lets you check out visual displays of recent data sent from NASA’s Earth Science satellites. Select from surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, water vapor, and gravity and sea level variations. The data takes just a second or two to load, then you’re rewarded with a 3D display of Earth on the screen in vivid colors representing the data.
Star Walk is a highly interactive astronomy guide for fans of astronomy and those interested in learning more about what surrounds us. Explore the night sky by moving your device and discover stars, planets, satellites and constellations and immerse yourself completely in the space universe. If you want to know more about something, tap on the bottom information button and discover pictures, a brief explanation and a 360º view of the element you selected. Use the Time Machine, which allows users to compare the night sky to what it looked before. The graphics are exceptional, and the app is comprehensive and extremely rich in details.
Excuse me a sec here, let me just pick my jaw back off the floor. As a lover of space economics simulation games, where do we who want it all – not just making fat stacks, but also decent running storyline, customized ship upgrades, open-ended exploration of a huge universe, gorgeous graphics, pirating cargo, and hands-on battles resulting in explosions in space - go? Take all of these desirable, demanding characteristics and squish them down into your hand, and you’ve got Galactic Phantasy Prelude. For free.
At the overlap of space adventure puzzle and artistic exploratory fantasy you’ll find Breach Entertainment’s Shardlands. Intrepid space cadet Dawn is lost amongst the galaxies, and she must collect ancient keys scattered about alien worlds in order to make her way back home. A tour de force of an m-game, hours of immersive gameplay for serious and casual gamers of all shapes and sizes. That’s right, a blanket recommendation of high excellence for everyone. Go get lost in space.
Star Command is several dreams come true at once: It’s half Star Trek and Stargate-philia; it’s retro design from the Era of Golden Awesomeness, and, lastly, but certainly not leastly, it’s an awesome management game, perfectly balanced between micromanagement and blowing stuff up. You must control all the aspects a space caption should: since crew hiring and leveling, starship design, xeno-diplomacy, battles and scientific tree harvesting. Battles are both boardings and space cannon shotting. Therefore, I will only say this once: this is the app to go where no one has gone before. High profile management games lovers: go ahead, this is your Final Frontier.
Revamp the original sci-fi Infinite Universe gamebook experience with the mobile version, complete with a bunch of lovely little details such as the die rolling on the table and little animations to give the game some pace and intensity.
Welcome to the most brilliant app you never knew you absolutely needed. Neither ironic joke nor parody, the Shatoetry app really does feature the one-and-only William Shatner reading poems of your own design. Arrange words against a psychedelic rainbow background of Shatner himself looking characteristically aghast. Finally, when your poetic creation is complete, hit the “Shat That!” button to hear your prose recited aloud by the man himself. Yep, the real William Shatner really recorded every single word in the app, and it is way too much fun to hear him read out totally surreal poetry in his unmistakable style.
Rock, Paper, Scissors… Simple, easy, straightforward. However, sometimes making games more complex means making them much more funny too. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory TV Show taught us Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock. The rules are simple: select one of the five options you are given and wait for your opponent’s choice. If your option wins, then you score one point. The best of 3 or 5 rounds (or unlimited) wins. A “bazinga!” sound is played when players makes a “perfect.”
As an astronaut lost in space in Lonespace, your wish is to get back to your satellite, something which could be quite challenging, as you’ll need to overcome several obstacles and defy gravity. Collect the stars and get to the ending goal in order to unblock the next level. The gameplay is quite challenging, as gravity will try to attract you at all times and you will die if it succeeds. LoneSpace is definitely an original and highly enjoyable game which deserves more downloads and users playing it. Its graphics are perfect, and the controls (simply pressing wherever you want the astronaut to move) also work flawlessly.
Astronaut Catcher is a casual action game for Android in which the objective is to catch all the astronauts you’re asked for, trying to get a high score every time. Generate a whirlpool and catch astronauts of the same color. The app provides 3 game modes to play: classic, zen for a relaxed gameplay and finally time, if you wish to be challenged quite a bit. It was a nice surprise that this game turned out to be so much fun and the levels grew so much in difficulty, adding new colors and increasing the target so as to hinder the experience.
Space Bunnies have nowhere to go… except Homeworld. And that’s where you need to help them travel through a dangerous universe full of obstacles and evil enemies that will make it hard for you to get to your objective. We appreciate the effort in trying to make a different gameplay, something that goes beyond the typical space shooting games or physics-based casual arcades, this is actually new and has a high power of addiction. The most challenging feature is having to pick up your friends on the way, as it’s practically impossible to grab them all.
Put in a cocktail shaker a stream of classic platformer, add some gravitational physics, a pinch of humor and a great deal of indie cartoony graphics. Shake it at Max Romeo’s rhythm and you’ll get An Alien With a Magnet. Rejected Games has done a great job to innovate on one of the most hackneyed genres: platformers. Our little alien must go from one planet to another (platforms), collecting stars and gems before leaving the sector through the green nebula. The more stars and gems, the higher the score you can submit on Google Play Games leaderboards.
We had enough with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck destroying asteroids and saving the Earth. It’s time to play the opposite. In Massteroid, you take control over the asteroid. And the goal is, obviously, blowing up the planet. Collect small asteroids and other space garbage to make the asteroid grow. The bigger it is when reaching the Earth, the higher the damage it will cause. However, the humans will try their best to destroy the asteroid using warheads and missiles. Avoid black holes and other outer space threats.
The Earth is in danger in Coloroids, threatened by hundreds of colored-asteroids. You must protect it by throwing them back where they belong to. There are 4 asteroid fields (red, blue, green, yellow). Send the colored asteroid back to the field of the same color to buzz them off. How long will you survive? Waves of asteroids will increase in number, color, and variety, driving you mad.