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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 Here the game zooms out far to let the newly discovered cavern be seen in full.  This zooming is automatic and fairly seamless.
Waking Mars Windows The Biomass counter in the upper right corner is shown; the 15+ in green shows how much biomass has been contributed to the caves with the last Zoa planted.
Waking Mars Windows Liang has found the first of several modules left behind by OCTO.
Waking Mars Windows Exploring the game with bring further research opportunities and the research interface shown here will bring up helpful tips.

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App Spy iPhone Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Quarter to Three iPhone Apr 23, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Quarter to Three iPad Apr 23, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Softpedia Linux Dec 14, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Slide to Play iPad Feb 29, 2012 4 out of 4 100
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Mar 01, 2012 9 out of 10 90
148apps iPad Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge iPad Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
PC Gamer Windows Feb 08, 2013 73 out of 100 73
Destructoid iPad Jan 03, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55

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