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Description

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.

Screenshots

Waking Mars Windows ART is the computer built into Liang's suit and it chimes in with observations, and mission suggestions (plus a bit of humor).
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 User interface for the settings menu; UI is slick and clean looking.
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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Alternate Titles

  • "Lost Mars" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Slide to Play iPad Feb 29, 2012 4 out of 4 100
App Spy iPhone Mar 06, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Softpedia Linux Dec 14, 2012 5 out of 5 100
GameZebo iPad 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
Games.cz Windows Jan 11, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Riot Pixels Windows Dec 27, 2012 70 out of 100 70
TouchGen iPad Mar 29, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Destructoid iPhone Jan 03, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55
Destructoid iPad Jan 03, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55

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