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Spaceteam (2012) is a puzzle communication game where players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’, and ‘Autospoon’. To avoid crashing, the team must follow commands within a few seconds. ‘Set the Astral Synth to 5’, for example. The twist is that the instructions on one screen may be for switches on another player’s control panel. The challenge is to communicate this quickly enough to other players trying to do the same. It’s a communication challenge that is not only entertaining but can be used to teach foreign languages.

This game quickly descends into shouting and then the ship crashes. Teams need to come up with ways to communicate in order to avoid this if they are going to do well.

There is an updated version called Spaceteam VR for Oculus, PC and PlayStation VR, where you play in a virtual spaceship. It has the same pressing buttons and pulling levers gameplay but you do it with a headset on. Because it's on more flexible hardware it can offer a wider range of game modes.

Space Team VR Screen ShotPlay YouTube video

It means you can collaborate to pilot your ship in three different ways:
  • Online VR Multiplayer: Up to six players, connected to the internet, in any popular VR headset join in a cooperative game of trying to avoid their binding doom.
  • Local Mobile Multiplayer: Up to six players, play locally with at least one VR headset and connected smart devices, this offers an experience much like the original Spaceteam game. In the VR game, each mobile player is represented by a robot.
  • Single Player: If you don’t have any friends around or there's no one online you want to play with, head to Practice Mode and you and two of our trusty robots will form your Spaceteam.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Spaceteam 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Communication game with Action, Physically Active and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Rounds can last up to 15 minutes or so, as players become proficient. There is a variety of modes and awards to unlock that extend longevity.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Behaviour and Relationships as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to be able to cope with pressure. Reading and remembering the complex names of the buttons is an important skill. You also need to be good at communicating clearly to other players.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 10-year-olds play this game:


Spaceteam usually costs £0 to £9.99. 


App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free

Spaceteam VR

Steam Store PC £9.99
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Free to play, with some optional upgrades you can pay to unlock just once. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-8

Genres: Brain Game, Communication (Action, Physically Active and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Developer: Hengineer (@Hengineer)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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