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Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager

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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.

Road to the Moon features the race to the Moon, the historical event that started in the early 1960s and that ended in July 1969, after the successful completion of the Apollo 11 mission.

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), an fictional space agency that combines programs from all the major space agencies in the world . In the GSA campaign, you will need to address the requests and short-term goals issued by government, and is geared towards those players who prefer a game experience focused on exploration instead of competition. 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.

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, Voskhod, Apollo and Soyuz manned spacecraft and the Mars Viking probe. You are not limited to missions that did launch, as as the game also allows you to try out many concepts that were planned but that never left the drawing board. For example, instead of sending men to the Moon using the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) approach used by Project Apollo in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you will be able to rewrite history and use either the alternative Gemini Earth Orbit Rendezvous (EOR) or Gemini Direct Ascent (DA) schemes. The number of options available ensure every game will be different and there is huge replay value.

To verify its accuracy and authenticity, the game, is being developed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former U.S. Air Force combat pilot (66 missions in Korea) and NASA astronaut, who took part in the first Moon landing mission and became the second human being to walk on the Moon.

If you have any interest in space exploration and the events that transpired during the 'Race to the Moon', this is a game you just do not want to miss!

  • Three different campaign modes: play as NASA or the Soviet space agency in order to be the first on the Moon or play as the Global Space Agency (GSA) and deal with the short-term objectives issued by politicians.
  • Manage all aspects of your space agencies from their inception in the 1950's through to the manned lunar landing missions
  • Play the race to the Moon campaign mode against other players using Slitherine’s PBEM system.
  • The Sandbox mode allows you to play as any of the three space agencies and removes all competition restrictions. You will have a fully featured playground in order to try out different approaches to space exploration!
  • Create space programs and launch missions inspired by real programs such as the X-15 Space plane, the Sputnik satellite, the Gemini, Vostok and Apollo manned spacecraft and a lot more!
  • Research and develop dozens of mission components from several program categories.
  • Develop your facility with advanced structures and upgrades including the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Mission Control Centre.
  • Recruit and train astronaut candidates and assign them to missions.
  • Assemble an elite team of Scientists, Engineers, Technicians (SET), Flight Controllers for the best chance of success.
  • Manage your agency's budget.
  • Mission components have an associated reliability factor and can cause catastrophic failures.
  • Vast amounts of historical research ensure that the game's huge database features missions that launched and many more that never left the drawing board!
  • A vast array of components built in 3D and rendered out in exquisite detail allow you to follow the progress of your missions via animated sequences.
  • The Buzz-opedia gives background information on the real programs, missions and hardware throughout the game.
  • The soundtrack features a unique playlist for each space agency and numerous tracks for the mission animations.

    Designed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot and the second human being to set foot on the Moon.
Release date
Slitherine Software
Polar Motion
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Windows Server 2008/2003
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256MB Video RAM
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Minimum screen resolution: 1366x768

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS: Mac OS 10.6+
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256MB
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space
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Last Modified: Aug 28, 2019

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Outstanding Leadership Medal
You have successfully led NASA and conducted the first manned lunar mission before 1973.
You have completed a successful Extra-Vehicular Activity in space!
Rendezvous Between Two Spacecraft
Two of your spacecraft have successfully rendezvoused in space.
Outstanding Service Medal
You have successfully led NASA and conducted the first manned lunar mission before 1975.
Manned Lunar Landing
One small step for [a] man, but still a big achievement.
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Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager reviews and comments

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In summary-awesome game I've been dreaming of for 15 years that deserves 5 stars-why is there no orbital station? -Why is there no shuttle "space shuttle or Bourane" (Yes the SS is an absolutely catastrophic program but c not a reason;-)-why not integrate programs not existing but that were envisaged or that could be "human exploration of March "etc.-Finally correct me these bugs! Between the launches that freeze and missions impossible to program without crashing the game (Soviet Lunar Rover) these black points remove 4 stars and it hurts me... Below my full review at each version: 2nd review second version of the application I just played more than 8h and two steps from a step on the Moon I reallocates the probes specialist engineers on a Russian probe program and Lunar Rover... Unable to assign flight controllers... Ok... But it is impossible to launch the mission either in Visual or in immediate result... So in the end I spend money and R&D for a mission impossible to launch so good already c annoying! Then how many missions would they be impacted by this bug? Already I backup twice between each round! But an expensive program and launched for months/years this is impossible to correct and it is unacceptable for a games at this price I will buy it well on Mac/PC on steam in order to be able to play it... But it costs €30. Having to buy this pitiful Portage has €10 Bah... Come on, buzz! How can you admit that your name is associated with such calamities? If at least one backup (even a single location! h was proposed I will reinstall the app story to see if the bug resolves... But not possible without losing my double program of exploration of the Moon! So this game that I love and that deserves in itself 5 star and that only had 2 because of the interface designed for the mouse loses one because of this bug that I just discovered and that is not a simple problem transient to the launch of a rocket but a problem Recurent and therefore impossible to solve and unacceptable... Last thing... I imagine that on a Mac/PC the resolution is not so awful! Besides, we're in retina. Come on! But thank you for creating the game I've been dreaming of for 15 years! Come on! Come on! Correct me these bugs and I buy the Mac version has €30 (even €50 if you integrate non-existent missions as a human exploration mission of Mars besides why is there no station in orbit? Skylab, Mir, ISS, 2001 space wheel (Ah yes it's a movie ^_^)) 1st review first version an absolutely awesome game... A kid's dream not as simple as it looks... The accuracy of the references of the program and the realism are a real pleasure pleasure spoiled by the fact that it is really a game designed to be played with the mouse... And still the most serious being the bugs that make you lose great advances in the management of your spatial program.... Unless you save before each round... A brief happiness spoiled for a price far from being modest for such a poor adaptation of an existing game...
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