Space Adventure is a fun multimedia edutainment title from Knowledge Adventure about astronomy. Driven by the same engine as the company's first product, Knowledge Adventure, Space is presented in four components: a view of Earth seen from space, a tool bar and time scale, a picture screen, and a text box. Similar to previous KA products, Space Adventure is essentially a concise encyclopedia of astronomy and space travel, using clever picture and text hyperlinks that lead you to discover new topics. You can also view each topic individually by using the Earth window and timeline, but it is much more fun to click on text balloons on the picture to discover a new, related, topic. Another similarity with other KA titles is good use of multimedia elements. For example, when a picture of a new event is shown, a sound bite from actual conversations recorded during the event plays. |
The timeline allows you to pick any time between ten billion B.C. and 2010 A.D. and see a display of what happened or was planned to happen in the chosen year. All the windows are interconnected and display material that is relevant for that time. For example, if you move the cursor on the time line to April 12, 1981, the picture shows the lift-off of space shuttle Columbia; the map centers on Cape Canaveral, Florida; and the text describes major features of the flight. At the same time, you can hear the Mission Control's countdown to lift-off.
Despite Space Adventure being more of an introductory/exploratory title than an in-depth database, the range of subjects covered is extensive and the descriptions concise and informative – thanks to the involvement of sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov. Kids can learn about different types of stars, history of space exploration, and even the search for extraterrestrial life and some intriguing ideas from science fiction. If you or your kids enjoy astronomy or are fascinated by space voyages, Space Adventure is a fun introduction to the subject.Reviewed by: Underdogs