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We know so little about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and that’s by design. The director has little interest for the open-door policy of the Internet’s movie reporting, and he does a bang-up job of protecting his movie’s secrets (to the benefit of said films). So while we know that Interstellar involves Matthew McConaughey and space travel, specific details are vague. A new game, however, is about to unlock some secrets, and it’s one you can start playing right now.
Located at http://game.interstellarmovie.com, this interactive app takes players on a journey through solar systems that will be designed by fellow players, featuring realistic physics conceptualized by Kip Thorne, the film’s scientific advisor and noted theoretical physicist. Players are able to create their own unique solar system by adding planets, moons, asteroids and more to a provided celestial grid. From there, players are able to travel through other player-created systems in the Endurance, the ship from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The best part? You can use wormholes to jump to new systems, and can even gamble your life by traveling past a black hole.
The game is a fun diversion that gives fans a sneak peek into Christopher Nolan’s sandbox What I find most interesting about it is that Nolan usually doesn’t go for tricks like this. Much like J.J. Abrams (who is working on a different brand of sci-fi), Nolan likes to keep what he can close to the vest. Perhaps this means that Interstellar has so much for us to chew on, it’s better if we start familiarizing ourselves with its expansive galaxies before the Nov. 7 release date? If so I appreciate this interactive homework.
Read on to learn more about the app, and to get a glimpse at more footage from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
According to Paramount, the Interstellar app involves two real-world factors of space travel:
The app will be available to play in-browser, and to download as a free app in the Google Play store. Features include:
• Create your own solar system and share it with friends
• Customize planets, stars and asteroids
• Pilot the Endurance through friend’s and other fan’s solar systems
• Upgrade your ship to increase durability and range
• Earn mission patches for completing objectives
• Based on newtonian physics with simulated gravitational fields endorsed by the movie’s science advisor Kip Thorne
• Slingshot between planets and return research data to Earth
• Navigate past massive black holes