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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 In game map can be called up; nodes can be selected for fast travel.  The pinkish camera icon is the location of a camera module left behind by OCTO and must be found.
Waking Mars Windows Title screen
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 Mission Objectives screen can be called up anytime.  These are the objectives for Chapter 2: A Light in the Dark.

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App Spy iPad Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
GameZebo iPhone Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Impulse Gamer iPhone Apr, 2012 8.6 out of 10 86
Edge iPad Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Modojo iPad Mar 20, 2012 4 out of 5 80
IGN UK iPhone Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN UK Windows Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
TouchGen iPad Mar 29, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gameblog.fr iPhone May 10, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Destructoid iPhone Jan 03, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55

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