Waking Mars Reviews (iPhone)
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Slide to Play (Feb 29, 2012)
Waking Mars offers a unique, engaging, atmospheric experience you won’t find anywhere else.
App Spy (Mar 06, 2012)
Waking Mars mixes human curiosity with a fascinating storyline straight out of the pages of a sci-fi classic; learn to master Mars’ complex ecosystem and find out whether or not there truly is sentient life close to home.
Touch Arcade (Mar 04, 2012)
Waking Mars has everything: a compelling story, beautiful environments, a gorgeous soundtrack and gameplay worth playing. Though it is, in some ways, less risky than Tiger Style's last game (though I'd argue a game about a Chinese astrobiologist studying Martian botany is not completely risk free), it's a worthy successor. Spider was an amazing experiment in storytelling; Waking Mars raises the bar on quality in long-form iOS games. Neither should be missed under any circumstances. Get this game. Whether you adore it as I do or not, it's worth experiencing.
Quarter to Three (Apr 23, 2012)
If you choose to play Waking Mars — and if you have any interest in games that take you to cool new worlds and show you cool new ways to play reliable old genres, then you should play Waking Mars — I leave you with these words of wisdom: the feran is to Mars what the rabbit is to Australia. Apply sparingly.
GameZebo (Mar 05, 2012)
Waking Mars is a smart, well-crafted game whose smart complexity means it won’t appeal to everyone. The story takes about 7-8 hours to tell start to finish (longer if you go for the special ending), so it’s also not very conducive to short sessions. In spite of that, this is an absolute must-buy for fans of Metroidvania titles and those looking to use their iPhone for something more in-depth than Peggle. It’s beginning to look like the Tiger Style Games group is a special one in the mobile space.
Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 01, 2012)
Captivating, elegant, and fiendishly clever, Waking Mars delivers a science-fiction epic that's a delight to explore, and rewarding to play.
Impulse Gamer (Apr, 2012)
Even with this failing, there is still a lot going for this game. The game is still a joy to play. The controls are intuitive while the graphics and music combine to form a claustrophobic, lonely atmosphere. In addition, the narrative is intriguing enough to keep you playing. Who would have thought that horticulture would be this much fun? Waking Mars is a game worth playing for its immersive and refreshing gameplay.
Edge (Feb 29, 2012)
The separate pieces of the game all speak of care and craft. Movement is handled with wonderful economy as a swipe of the finger sees you jetting around even the most complex environments, while simple animations combine with old-fashioned storybook textures to build a peculiarly intimate view of this strange rocky world. Waking Mars is ultimately a game about ecological balance, but it’s the balance of a different kind – of art, narrative, and puzzle mechanics – that makes it so very satisfying to play.
IGN UK (Nov 19, 2012)
Waking Mars introduces you to a world of bizarre life and at first succeeds in making it fun to play with. After the wonder wears off, though, things just start to drag. Waking Mars ends up feeling too long for the number of mechanics included, and without an excellent story to carry it, its shortcomings stand out more and more as the levels go on.
Gameblog.fr (May 10, 2012)
Le souci du détail transparaît : chaque créature, chaque plante ayant son entrée dans l'encyclopédie du jeu et le Retina est de la partie pour un niveau de détails très flatteur à l'œil. Malheureusement, difficile de s'accrocher aux personnages sans réel charisme et à une maniabilité parfois légèrement frustrante. La durée de vie se veut très raisonnable malgré une certaine redondance dans le quasi seul et unique objectif du jeu : équilibrer l'écologie de la salle pour passer à la suivante. Pensé pour tablettes, Waking Mars possède cependant une très bonne ambiance vite prenante, faisant de lui une bonne surprise de l'App Store.
Destructoid (Jan 03, 2012)
If you are looking for a relaxing adventure title with a distinct mood, Waking Mars will scratch that itch you've had since finishing Ghost Trick and Sword & Sorcery. Just take my advice and shut the game off once you start getting frustrated, because things don't get any better after that point (including the uneventful endgame).