Explore the universe in new Interstellar game (Wired UK)

Interstellar – Trailer 3 – Official Warner Bros.Warner Bros. UK
Remember those solar system mobiles and
models that populated your science classrooms? Remember how you
ripped off Pluto in anger once some jerks (OK, fine, astronomers)
decided it was now a just “dwarf planet”? Wait, you didn’t do that?
OK, that’s cool. However, for those of us who would stare at those
mobiles and dream of building universes of our own, the new game
promoting director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming space epic Interstellar allows those fantasies to
come true.

The Interstellar game (no other name
necessary) is a solar system model builder, yes, but it’s also a
flight simulator that lets you explore your galaxy and those made
by others. You can’t actually shoot Matthew McConaughey into space,
but the game does allow you to explore the galaxy much like his character does in the movie
thanks to input from the film’s scientific advisor, theoretical
physicist Kip
Thorne
.

Interstellar, from what we’ve gathered from the mysterious
trailers released so far, ponders what happens when we must wander
the cosmos in search of a hospitable planet. Building on that
theme, the free online game and mobile app lets you create galaxies that might contain those
planets. You add planets, moons, and asteroids, and determine their locations and
orbits. Go big, stay small, change a planet’s surface — do
whatever you want. You can even change the size and colours of your
heavenly bodies. There’s also a cool red button you can push to
“destroy” planets you don’t want. Create your world and watch it
spin.

Once your perfect universe is finished, you can pilot your own
starship through space. It feels a bit like a NASA simulator turned
into a game and — because it uses real science — requires that
you travel the way an exploratory crew would have to. Navigating
around black holes to avoid being drawn into the void? Yes.
Avoiding crashing into various bodies? That too. Using gravity to
slingshot around and save fuel? You got it. You’ve even got the
option of traveling through wormholes. It’s like Galaga, but with
Newtonian physics. There are no pew! pew!
pew! noises, but we won’t judge you for making them at your
desk.

The game also provides the option of sharing your solar system
for others to explore and traveling through those made by your
friends. It doesn’t offer the grand majesty of Nolan’s
movie
 — that doesn’t drop until Nov. 7 — but it’ll
do until then. Check out a trailer for the app above, then head here to play the
game yourself. Want more? Check out a new alternative artwork
poster for Interstellar below.

This article originally appeared on Wired.com

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22 September 2014 | 10:13 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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