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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.


Waking Mars Windows Liang has found the first of several modules left behind by OCTO.
Waking Mars Windows User interface for the settings menu; UI is slick and clean looking.
Waking Mars Windows Title screen
Waking Mars Windows Clever the way tutorial, explanation of game mechanics and story are blended together.  Acid drops are harmful, best to avoid them.

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Slide to Play iPad Feb 29, 2012 4 out of 4 100
App Spy iPhone Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Softpedia Linux Dec 14, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Mar 01, 2012 9 out of 10 90
GameZebo iPhone Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 iPad Apr 20, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88
Impulse Gamer iPhone Apr, 2012 8.6 out of 10 86
Edge iPhone Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
IGN UK Windows Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65 iPhone May 10, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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