Extrasolar’s mobile interface got a slick update

Controlling an exoplanet rover on the go

Extrasolar has always been a tough sell for hardcore gamers, in my eyes. Though it was one of my top games of last year, most readers tune out when they see a description like “free-to-play science simulator,” and going any further into why it’s so good spoils it. With an update to the mobile interface today, it may lower the barrier to entry for some.

As a browser game, playing on mobile has always been an option, but now it has been designed and optimized for the platform. The map now has a pinch-to-zoom feature and menus are swipeable. I played around with it for a bit on my Nexus 4, and it runs great. I still think I’d prefer playing on my PC, since the high resolution vistas looks so good on a bigger screen, but it’s nice to know that when the next season becomes available, I’ll be able to set up photos while I’m out and about.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.