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While doing research on one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, the people in the station take small mining machines used for research and modify them to play a game called MindRover.

In essence, you take a chassis and build a machine. The machine you need to build will vary on the type of activity you're set out to do (racing, seek & destroy, etc). You place items on your chassis (radars, thrusters, rockets, etc) that you think you might need to help you win.

Next, you wire (or program) your machine with specific instructions on what do. So for example: if you come too close to a wall, you will want to steer away from it. So you will link your sensor to your thruster telling it to turn 45 degrees in the opposite direction if something enters the sensor range.


MindRover: The Europa Project Windows 3D view of my vehicle
MindRover: The Europa Project Windows Almost got him!
MindRover: The Europa Project Windows Scenario selection
MindRover: The Europa Project Windows Component selection

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User Reviews

Virtual robot construction kit is infinite amount of fun Windows Kasey Chang (4608)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Daily Radar Windows 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows May 20, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer Windows 2000 89 out of 100 89
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameGenie Windows 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
WomenGamers.com Windows Jul 02, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 58 out of 100 58
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jan 28, 2000 50 out of 100 50
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 01, 2003 4 out of 10 40


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At the time of December 2000, the game could only be purchased on the Internet for $35 USD (roughly $55 CND). Sometime later the game was purchasable at Electronic Boutique stores.


MindRover is unique in that the game is expandable. If you think the existing way of drag-n-drop is too slow, you can actually write AI code directly in the built-in language called ICE. ICE can also be used to create new components which can then be used as programming blocks.


Originally, the company did not know what to name the game, as they though "Rover" was too "plain". They actually held a contest where they picked the winning name.

Information also contribution by Kasey Chang

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