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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 this section a number of Zoa were planted to remove a barrier.  In the bottom right corner the number of seeds carried is shown.
Waking Mars Windows Mission Objectives screen can be called up anytime.  These are the objectives for Chapter 2: A Light in the Dark.
Waking Mars Windows Title screen
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
Softpedia Linux Dec 14, 2012 5 out of 5 100
App Spy iPad Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Slide to Play iPhone Feb 29, 2012 4 out of 4 100
Quarter to Three iPhone Apr 23, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZebo iPad Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Multiplayer.it iPad Apr 20, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN UK iPhone Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Gameblog.fr iPad May 10, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Destructoid iPad Jan 03, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55

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