Even though its first trailer dropped in way back December 2013, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi movie Interstellar remains mysterious. All we know for sure is, Earth is in big trouble thanks to massive drought and crop-destroying dust storms. In fact, things are so dire, actor Matthew David McConaughey lets himself get shot into space in hopes of finding a habitable world with the aid of a wormhole.
Interstellar already has a tie-in game available on Android. Though mobile games based around movies are infamous for being sub-par rip-offs, Interstellar is hardly a clone of asteroids, or a space-based farming / building game, or whatever else you’d expect from its ilk. Instead, Interstellar lets you create, explore, and destroy galaxies full of planets.
From the app’s Google Play description page:
“Create and customize your own unique solar system with planets, moons, asteroids and more. Explore a universe of fan-generated solar systems and black holes in the Interstellar experience. “See how far you can pilot the Endurance without running out of fuel or losing time relative to Earth. Sling-shot through solar systems using real-world physics and gravitational forces. Use wormholes to jump to new systems and survive the ultimate challenge of traveling past a black hole.”
From what little we know of Interstellar’s plot, it does seem apparent the pioneer space crew must travel via wormholes to fool time and return to Earth before everyone on the planet drops dead and / or ages beyond recognition. The game acknowledges this race against Earth’s clock. The game also features realistic physics (which includes the ability to slingshot around planets) courtesy of the movie’s science advisor, theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.
Ultimately, your goal is to populate your own solar systems with stars, moons, and planets. Then you can explore your creation (or share it with friends) while avoiding collisions and tip-toeing around black holes. Spaghettification is no fun when you’re made of flesh, bones, and blood. Oh, and make sure not to run out of fuel, either. The only thing worse than being stretched well beyond human limits is drifting cold and alone in the void while food and oxygen slowly deplete. Good times.
Interstellar hits theaters on November 7.