Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager
Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager (SPM) Road to the Moon is the ultimate game of space exploration. It is the mid 1950s and the race for dominance between the US and the Soviet Union is about to move into a new dimension: space. Take charge of the US or Soviet space agencies – your duty is be the first to the moon. Carefully manage your budget by opening programs, spending R&D funds on improving the hardware, recruiting personnel and launching space missions in this realistic turn based strategy game.
Explore space in campaign or sandbox mode
The game features both a campaign
and a sandbox
mode. In campaign mode, you will be able to play as the Director of either NASA
or the Soviet Space Agency
in order to beat the other side to be the first on the Moon. You can also lead the Global Space Agency
(GSA), a fictional space agency that combines programs from all the major space agencies in the world. Alternatively, all three space agencies feature a Sandbox mode, which provides a more open-ended experience and allows you to try out different approaches without any political pressure.
Experience both historic and alternative programs
You will be able to develop dozens of programs. Some examples include the X-15
and the PKA space planes
, the Sputnik satellite
, the Mercury
manned spacecraft and the Mars Viking
probe. You are not limited to missions that did launch, as the game also allows you to try out many concepts that were planned but that never left the drawing board. The number of options available ensure every game will be different and there is huge replay value.
Challenge your friends
You can also challenge your friends and compete for the first landing on the Moon. In multiplayer mode, you can replay the historic race for the Moon in “Cold War” mode or be more creative and challenge any faction in “Free Form” mode. The multiplayer mode uses Slitherine’s PBEM system which allows for an asynchronous gameplay. After each turn, the system saves the progress and informs the other player.
If you like to know more about a certain mission or component, you can find lots of detailed information in the “Buzz-opedia”. This knowledge database is directly accessible from the game and allows you to learn new facts about the history of spaceflight while you are shooting for the Moon. The Buzz-opedia is, however, only available in English.