Starbase Simulator is a free rocket launcher simulator developed by Ashtorak. This free Windows game lets you build your rocket and send it into space. This is a true simulation, so expect a lot of maths and physics before successfully launching your first rocket. However, it should be noted that the game is still in development, and the creator regularly updates it with new content, bug fixes, and graphics improvements.
Starbase Simulator offers nice graphics, and the installations around the base are incredibly detailed and look functional. The background and what you see on the horizon is less detailed. It’s not really important for a simulator with menu-based gameplay. However, the rocket parts and equipment you have to interact with are incredibly detailed and will satisfy any SpaceX or NASA enthusiast.
With RTX compatibility. If you own an Nvidia RTX, you’ll get even more detail and dynamic lighting.
You’re the sole engineer of a launch base, tasked with putting together a rocket to launch spaceships and satellites into orbit. You can walk around the base, use SPMT to transport the parts to the launch pad, and interact with the various consoles to manage parameters including propellant to the tank farm with pressure, temperature, weight, and more.
Starbase Simulator is still an ongoing project with updates adding new content, fixing issues and improving on it all the time. The most recent update, the Transport Update, adds oxygen, methane, and nitrogen tanks, ways to transport the rockets, and more.
A very realistic simulator
It’s rare to find simulators that are as detailed as Starbase Simulator. More than just a casual time-filler, it lets you access all the controls to transport, build, and launch a rocket without compromising to make it more accessible.
It’s best-suited to players who already have some knowledge of physics and how a rocket works. If you’re looking for an undemanding game to while away a little time without needing to give it much thought, this isn’t for you. However, if you do have more expertise in the field, you’ll be pleased to enjoy one of the most realistic simulators.