Video Credit: Gatorbox In Space Adventure, players explore Space and learn about planets, spaceships, and stars. They land on the Moon and travel through the entire galaxy. They also learn what it takes to become an astronaut. This is the exclusive Packard Bell version of Space Adventure, which includes voice prompts along with an interactive encyclopedia, and came bundled with Packard Bell Legend PCs from 1994-1997.
Being one of Knowledge Adventure's first edutainment products, Space Adventure does get the job done, albeit at a very surface level. While labelled as an adventure, the product itself is more of a digital encyclopedia with FMV included to help pull in a child's interest – from a retrospective, adult point of view these are impressive to look at – granted I've always generally found FMV included in DOS titles to be rather intriguing even if it's just a small collection of really compressed clips. As for the game aspect, Space Adventure only contains a trivia game which feels somewhat clunky to play. As opposed to most trivia games where you select the answer from multiple choice options or merely type it in, Space Adventure's asks you to type it in like an index and go to the article, immediately rewarding the player with points – which themselves dont really mean anything other than a touch of arcade gameplay. At the end of the day, as stated before one is left with a basic interactive encyclopedia that while I am pleased to see re-released alongside other titles , but outside of some neat imagery and quick FMV clips that would appeal to anyone with an interest in space and the astral bodies that fill it, it's hard to really recommend the title to anyone looking to try something from this company's catalogue, especially with future titles improving on it in many ways with more variety and actual gameplay to go along with the educational aspects. Another positive I do need to highlight are the sound cues that play, as they're both catchy and sometimes come off as rather amusing or goofy which do give some personality to the rather one note program. The program runs well on DOSBox. A simple encyclopedia that gets the basic job done but doesn't do much else despite the creative freedom space as a topic gives to one looking to make an interactive program aimed at children.
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Minimum system requirements - Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements - OS X 10.6.8 or later, Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 256 MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.