Waking Mars

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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 Exploring the game with bring further research opportunities and the research interface shown here will bring up helpful tips.
Waking Mars Windows In mid-flight with the jet pack; the flying mechanism is fluid and easy to use.
Waking Mars Windows Chapter 1: The Descent marks the beginning of the game.
Waking Mars Windows User interface for the settings menu; UI is slick and clean looking.

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Touch Arcade iPad Mar 04, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
App Spy iPhone 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
148apps iPad Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge iPhone Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Modojo iPad Mar 20, 2012 4 out of 5 80
PC Gamer Windows Feb 08, 2013 73 out of 100 73
Gameblog.fr iPhone 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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