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 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 Here we see how the story telling mechanism works.  The player will be controlling Liang; although his responses are automatic.
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.

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App Spy iPhone Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
App Spy iPad Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Slide to Play iPad Feb 29, 2012 4 out of 4 100
GameZebo iPad Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZebo iPhone Mar 05, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
148apps iPad Mar 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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
TouchGen iPad Mar 29, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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