As Yaara announced last week, NASA has recently launched it’s first Facebook app called Space Race Blastoff. Usually I’m not really into Facebook apps – they waste way too much time and I end up falling behind in my work.
What I found with Space Race Blastoff however was that it wasn’t a waste of time at all. It’s a brilliant way to clear your mind, and it’s really fun to go head-to-head with other real players on Facebook. If you think you know everything there is to know about NASA and science, then you’ll want to prove it over at Space Race Blastoff on Facebook.
The game isn’t all about NASA. There are actually multiple categories that include astronauts, space, math and more. The app not only tests your knowledge about space exploration history, but it also tests your level of science and math awareness.
Play Space Race Blastoff Against Other Facebook Users
I used to get addicted to different Facebook games like Mafia Wars or Cafe World, mostly because it was fun to build up something interesting over time. With other Facebook apps like that, there is a multi-player element, but for the most part those other players are off doing their own thing, and building their own stuff.
Whether it’s building a mafia kingdom, a booming farm or a bustling cafe, the most popular apps on Facebook are called “multiplayer”, but in the case of NASA’s new Facebook app Space Race Blastoff, you experience a true multiplayer environment. You will actually face off with one or two real people at the same exact time. It’s like being on a live game show put on by NASA.
When you first launch the Space Race Facebook app, you’ll need to create the look and user name of your character. Basically, you’ll pick from a selection of pre-made characters of various species and outfits.
Step two – you’ll need to wait about 15 seconds or so for other Facebook players to join in. Oh look, George from Zeta Reticuli just joined.
Each round has a different subject. You’re presented with the trivia question, three possible answers, and only about 15 seconds to come up with your answer. Every player punches in their own answer. If you get it right – you’ll see “Correct” pop up on the screen.
If you don’t know your NASA history – you’ll probably see this screen instead, most of the time.
The game flow consists of ten rounds, each with a different subject – spacecraft, astronaut, space, pop culture, chemistry, math and more. The pattern will be different in each game, so you won’t know what to expect until you’re going head-to-head with other players. Answer a round correctly, your player will be launched a bit higher on the launching pad. Answer incorrectly, you’ll stay right where you are.
If you’ve ever played those water-gun games at the fair where you have to shoot a stream of water into a bulls-eye target that sends a stuffed animal up to the top of a vertical rail, it’s a bit like that.
If you’re really good at trivia, you’ll watch your character take the lead, as all of the others are left down below. If you’re not so good, get used to your character staying in one place. Either way – get ready to become very addicted to this game. After each round it’s going to be really, really hard not to try again. And luckily, there’s nearly always other players prepared to go head-to-head against you.
The ultimate goal? Play enough times in a month to land yourself in the “This Month” Top 10 board. And if you get really addicted, some day you could see yourself land on the ultimate “All Time” top 10 leaderboard.
I have to admit that I’ve bookmarked this game and plan to return pretty often, whenever I’m feeling a bit stressed out and need to get my mind off things. Trivia games always do the trick. And, as always, NASA has pulled it off in stellar fashion.
So, if you’re on Facebook, give the Space Race Blastoff game a try. Let us know how well you did – or didn’t – do! Share your own opinions about NASA’s first Facebook app in the comments section below.