If you love playing simulated space games then SpaceEngine might of your interest. In this post, we will give an honest review of this much-talked simulator software and find out whether or not it’s worth a try. So, let’s begin. First thing first, let’s finds out what is SpaceEngine.
Developed by Vladimir Romanyuk, SpaceEngine is simulated software that allows the player to have a believable space tour. It’s a game-cum-simulation having a one-to-one scale 3D model of the whole wide universe. It consists of all the celestial objects such as galaxies, stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and so on. It allows you to travel into space and even create some celestial bodies as per your imagination.
Is it Worth the Money?
Its free open beta version is available for a few years. Recently, the Steam Early Access version has been launched at a cost of $25. This updated version is 0.99 and it definitely a mark over the beta version. It has a far improved planet structure than the beta version. Also, its new lighting mode automatically adjusts the exposure. The look is more natural and real. Some of the videos and photos are also exclusive to version 0.99.
In this version, one can easily edit, export, and create celestial bodies of their kinds and share them via Steam Workshop. Also, there are 2D charts for every solar system in this version. At $25, the offering is impressive. Hence, we can easily say that it’s worth the money.
What Did we Like the Most?
Well, SpaceEngine is a one-of-its-own-kind game that takes you into space. We liked the feel of the game a lot. It actually takes on you on a virtual tour of the galaxies. Here are some of its key features that help you to have a realistic feel:
⦁ 3D models of galaxies and nebulae look nothing but real.
⦁ Controllable space ships
⦁ Realistic music and soundtrack
⦁ Built-in Wikipedia that educates you about the universe
⦁ Impressive language localization
⦁ Allows a user to import add-on like models, textures, catalogs for impressive designing
What we Didn’t Like?
To be very honest, there is hardly anything that we or anyone else won’t like about SpaceEngine. It’s so realistic and thrilling that no one will have a chance to find loopholes. We find that it has limited functionality when it comes to flying ships. One has to struggle a lot on factors like finding relative velocity for ships flying and for hyperspace jumps. We hope this will improve in the next version. Romanyuk must on it already.
Alongside this, there are good chances that you might face ‘openal32.dll missing or not found’ error. Getting this error and not enjoying the game is really irritating. Sometimes, people get stuck with this error for hours. But, the good news is, this error is easy to handle. Also, this error is not related to SpaceEngine. It’s related to your PC/laptop.
This error actually means that a particular DLL file is not there on your PC that you’re using to access SpaceEngine. Their cloud is endless reasons that would cause this issue. No matter which reason gave birth to this error, here are some ways to resolve it.
Visit dlldownloads.com to download the OpenAL32.dll file. Once the file is downloaded completely, just place it in the SpaceEngine simulator software’s directory. Try restarting your PC and open SpaceEngine once again. It would work
Check the SpaceEngine simulator installation. Sometimes, some bundling-related issues can cause this error. Updating the app or its drivers could solve the issue. Try to update the software or its driver. The error would be gone once and for all.
See, it was as simple as that!
To all space fanatics, SpaceEngine is a blessing in disguise. It not only gives a thrilling gaming experience but also educates you. It has everything that one might ask from simulating software. It’s worth a try for sure.
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