When comparing Caves of Qud vs Kerbal Space Program, the Slant community recommends Kerbal Space Program for most people. In the question“What are the best games on Steam with lots of replay value?” Kerbal Space Program is ranked 5th while Caves of Qud is ranked 16th. The most important reason people chose Kerbal Space Program is:
There's [a plethora of mods](http://www.slant.co/topics/706/~what-are-the-best-kerbal-space-program-mods) available that can change every single aspect of the game.
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Pro Tons of customization
Mutations are one of the biggest parts of Caves of Qud. Want to be a two-headed beguiling spider-thing? A four-armed flying plant-man? You can. There's also lots of armor, weapons, and equipment, which can be found enchanted, as well as a bunch of "spells" (mental mutations) and skills.
Pro Fantastic User Interface
The UI in Qud is very well designed, which helps to make it easy to get into.
Pro Interesting and original setting
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world that feels truly unique. Caves of Qud's world is like no other, and everything from the creatures/characters you'll encounter, to the items you'll find, and the locations you'll discover is different from what you would find in most rogue-likes.
Pro Huge, procedurally-generated world
Pro Over 60 factions
Befriend or become enemies with dozens of different factions—crabs, turtles, robots and even trees to name a few.
Pro Unique and evocative prose, art and music
Extremely well written, with highly evocative prose which brings this unique world to life. The fantastic writing is supplemented by a unique art style and sublime otherworldly music.
Pro Huge modding scene
There's a plethora of mods available that can change every single aspect of the game.
Pro Teaches orbital dynamics & rocket design fundamentals in an accessible manner
The physics engine does a reasonably accurate job of replicating the fundamentals behind both orbital dynamics and rocket design, so by going through the tutorials and experimenting, you're actually learning some real rocket science.
Pro You don't get bored with it, and you will learn a lot
Build rockets, space planes, space stations, rovers, landers, probes. Explore planets, moons, capture asteroids. With the addition of mods you can even test warp drive, set up a communications network, colonize a planet, mine for resources and much much more. It can even simulate our solar system (the in-game one is very similar, although smaller to encourage new players.
Learn orbital mechanics. Inspire yourself to learn about space and space travel history of human. This game is not only fun - it is inspiring.
Pro Construction sandbox for building and launching rockets
Kerbal at its core is a rocket building and launching sandbox.
Pro NASA working on a mission pack for the game
While not released yet NASA is working on a mission pack for the game.
Pro Fun sandbox mode to experiment with rocket designs
The rocket designer lets you experiment with as many different rocket designs as you can think up. The designer is based on components such as engines, fuel cells, structural elements and various other items such as parachutes.
Pro In constant development
KSP is a shinning example of early release done right. The currently available game is fun to play, and the developers are constantly adding new major additions.
Con The beginning of the game can feel repetitive
Every game starts in the same location, and you always get the same starting quests. This can make the beginning of the game feel repetitive.
Con Can be difficult to get started
The beginning of the game explains little, depending on what attributes you put points into in character creation will have a high level of impact at the start of the game. This is not explained to the player, so if you do not put 18 points into "toughness" without having a very particular build in mind that will have some way of dodging or avoiding attacks, the result will just be plenty of death with little advancement.
Con Ugly design
It's not pixel art; it's trash.
Con Graphics are not the most detailed
The graphics of KSP are not the most detailed but they work non the less.
Con Steep learning curve
Kerbal Space Program is not really a pick up and play title. There is much to learn before grasping the core concepts of the game,