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Monuments of Mars is a low-rez, early PC platform game sharing an engine with Apogee's Arctic Adventure and Pharaoh's Tomb.

A number of astronauts sent to Mars on a mission to explore the strange structures there have mysteriously gone missing. Now NASA sends its best man (you) to rescue them and, if possible, find out more about the mysterious monuments and their purpose. This perilous journey will take the player to the famous Pyramid, Fortress and Face of Mars, among other locations. Along the way he will collect various items and face deadly alien creatures.

The game is split into four episodes, the first one, First Contact, was distributed free as shareware but the remainder The Pyramid, The Fortress, and The Face had to be purchased from Apogee. Each contains twenty puzzle-filled levels, each of which is one screen large.

The game is entirely keyboard controlled but offers the player(s) a choice of action key settings.


Monuments of Mars DOS The game has a high score table.
These are the default scores installed with the shareware version, some famous names here including the author
Monuments of Mars DOS In game
Monuments of Mars DOS The game's exit screen contains a final reminder to purchase the full game
Monuments of Mars DOS Main menu

Promo Images

Monuments of Mars Screenshot
Monuments of Mars Screenshot
Monuments of Mars Screenshot
Monuments of Mars Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "The Monuments of Mars!" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

Visit Mars in all its four-color glory DOS *Katakis* (38210)
Simple but imaginative, fun and addictive game; should re-make for mobiles DOS James Ewin (3)

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Freeware release

The game was released as freeware on March 20, 2009.

Title screen typo

Scenario Software developed this game, but on the title screen they misspelled their company name as Scenerio Software (see the screen shots). Scenario Software also developed Dark Ages: Volume I - Prince of Destiny which correctly identifies their company name.

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