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Description

Waking Mars is an adventure game in which you control a jetpack-equipped protagonist through a cave system located on Mars. In 2097, life was discovered inside a cave system known as Lethe; thus a mission was sent to research the new discovery. As he learns the first secrets of this martian underground ecosystem, Liang — one of the researchers — becomes trapped inside the Lethe caves. In order to make his way to safety, the protagonist is forced to go deeper and deeper into the caves, which gives him the opportunity to make numerous scientific discoveries.

Learning the way the ecosystem functions is the key mechanic of this game. Understanding the behaviours and interactions between the various Martian lifeforms is the only way the player character can advance from one location to the other. Using his understanding, Liang can influence, even control, the ecosystem. While the initial areas are simple to complete, as the game goes on, more and more creatures are introduced which complicate matters for the protagonist. Some of the choices can even irrevocably alter the game world, as progress is saved continuously.

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Waking Mars Windows ART is the computer built into Liang's suit and it chimes in with observations, and mission suggestions (plus a bit of humor).
Waking Mars Windows Title screen
Waking Mars Windows Chapter 1: The Descent marks the beginning of the game.
Waking Mars Windows Mission Objectives screen can be called up anytime.  These are the objectives for Chapter 2: A Light in the Dark.

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Touch Arcade iPhone Mar 04, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
App Spy iPad Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Quarter to Three iPhone Apr 23, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZebo iPhone Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
148apps iPad Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Games.cz Windows Jan 11, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Edge iPhone Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Edge iPad Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
IGN UK iPhone Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
TouchGen iPad Mar 29, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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