In 2097, life is discovered on Mars. When your mission of first contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien ecosystem to survive. Soon you stumble upon more than anyone expected, and with time running out, you will make a decision that determines the fate of a lost planet.
リリース日: 2012年12月13日
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"Surprisingly thoughtful, delightfully atmospheric, smartly written, carefully designed...it gradually unfolds its secrets without holding your hand."
5/5 – Quarter to Three

A science-fiction epic that's a delight to explore, and rewarding to play
9/10 – Pocket Gamer

The game grows around you...deep and rich, like ivy
Rock Paper Shotgun

Thousands of video games ask you to take life, but very few ask you to create it
9.1/10 – Paste Magazine

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In 2097, life is discovered on Mars. When your mission of first contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien ecosystem to survive. Soon you stumble upon more than anyone expected, and with time running out, you will make a decision that determines the fate of a lost planet.

Waking Mars is a one-of-a-kind adventure in which you jetpack through subterranean Mars encountering a host of extraordinary alien lifeforms that operate as a living, breathing ecosystem. Learn and master the behaviors of these creatures to create ecosystems of your own design if you are to survive and discover the secrets of Mars’ past.

Key Features

  • Explore an open-ended network of exotic caverns.
  • Decode mysterious signals and discover long lost ruins.
  • Survive an unearthly world of strange creatures and hazardous terrain.
  • Grow a vibrant, interconnected ecosystem of exotic plants and alien creatures.
  • Cultivate one species to feed another, eliminate unwanted infestations, and research unique behaviors.
  • 2012 IGF Nominee: Excellence in Audio. Features nearly two hours of critically acclaimed original music.
  • A fully PC native control scheme, designed for both mouse+keyboard and for gamepads.

システム要件 (PC)

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:x86-compatible, 2-Ghz or faster
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0, or OpenGL 2.1 with framebuffer extensions
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space

システム要件 (Mac)

    Minimum:

    • OS:MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0, or OpenGL 2.1 with framebuffer extensions
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
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妙にリアルな顔をした中国系宇宙飛行士リャンおじさんを操作して火星の洞窟を探索するゲーム。
一応溶岩ダメージ等もあるがアクション主体の作品ではないので、死ぬ心配はあまりしなくていい(戦闘もない)。それよりもマップを開拓し、未知の動植物を見つけてはその生態を調べる、といった文字通りの「探索」要素に重点が置かれている。

なお先へ進むには拾った植物の種を「植える」というパズル風味のギミックが重要になり、そこがこのゲームのもう一つのハイライト。実のところ全編「植えゲー」と呼んでもいいくらい種を撒きまくることになるが、ほぼ不毛の地だったところに生態系を築き上げて行くのはそれ自体が結構楽しい。

すごく面白い!という作品ではないし、むしろかなり地味な部類なので、合わない人は序盤ですぐ飽きてしまうかもしれない。しかし無駄なくまとまった完成度の高さとさくさく進むテンポの良さは侮れず、なんとなく積みゲーを崩しただけのつもりでもつい最後までプレイしてしまう不思議な魅力がある。
シナリオもシステムも特別奥深いわけではないのだがよく噛み合っている。7~9時間でコンプリートできる小粋な佳作としておすすめ。

【向かない人】
・てんかんの発作を起こしやすい人(必須のミニゲームで、正解から遠ざかるとびかびかするシーンあり)
・虫とかバーナクルっぽい生き物が苦手な人(そんなになめらかに動くわけではないが…)
投稿日: 5月13日
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火星の地下を微妙なグラフィックと単純なパズルで進んで行くだけの典型的ダメゲー。
グラフィック・パズル・アクション・ストーリー、何一つ面白い要素は無い、極端に狂った部分がある訳ではないのでクソゲーと呼ぶのも違和感があるが、とことん駄目なゲームなのは確かだと思う。
スマートフォンなどでは評価されたゲームらしいが、それはあくまでその時のそのハードでは評価されたと言うだけで、PCに持ってきて評価されるような内容ではない。
Walkingでは無くWorkingでも無く、Wakingだったと言う事が一番の驚き。
投稿日: 6月28日
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48 人中 42 人 (88%) がこのレビューが参考になったと投票しました
記録時間: 13.5 時間
Hard science fiction is a rare guest in video games. Not having any evil aliens or cool laser-shooting guns isn’t a good premise for dynamic action. Luckily, Waking Mars isn’t actually aiming at cheap thrills or fast-paced shooting, but rather prefers to be a meditative journey and succeeds at it.
The year is 2093, player takes the role of Liang, chinese astronaut, taking part in international planetary mission to Mars, studying life that was discovered in an underground cavern system. If the thought of some green evil aliens pointing their death-ray guns had crossed your mind at this point, shoo it away. Or maybe you’ve thought of some ancient ruins, secure vaults,containing secrets of advanced precursors? You’re wrong again. Life that has been discovered is rather primitive. It is a strange kind of hybrid between plants and animals. It’s called Zoa. Not much is known about these species; you will be the first and only human to make contact with it and observe it in its natural habitat.
And that is the game: travelling and observing, filling built in-game encyclopedia with articles describing behaviour and features of all types of these “plants”. Yes, there’s actually quite a lot of them. Some stay in place, some move around; some feel good on regular soil, some require acidic loam for growing. There are even those whose spores are exploding, killing all other Zoa around. There you have it, this is as much brutality as you can get in Waking Mars. While this is not the first video game declining use of violence as the main plot progression device and problem solver, not even the first among metroidvanias, it’s still an admirable feat. You wander around the caves, first on foot, later using jetpack, unveiling the beauty of an enclosed ecosystem, where various types of Zoa form a perfect cycle of life and death.
Most common obstacles on the player’s path are Cerebranes, gigantic membranes covering passages between caverns. In order to open them you’ll have to increase biomass. Picking up spores and placing them on fertile ground sounds easy enough, and it actually is… at the beginning. Increasing variety of species requires careful planning to achieve that sweet spot when that number is finally high enough. You’ll have to make everything work together with maximum “profit”. At its heart the game is nearly a city-builder where you connect houses with roads, provide appliances, keeping in mind the energy, waste and communications. Being a space “gardener” is a rather soothing process if you let it be so. This game doesn’t like those who are in a hurry, who can tip off balance so easily and want some obvious solutions. Eventually they will stumble upon a cave, where just picking up seeds and placing them on all the green spots won’t be enough. I can’t really say that Waking Mars requires out-of-the-box thinking, it’s not actually that hard, but there is space for creativity here. You can try different solutions, experiment with Zoa proportions.
The pace of the game is emphasized with main hero’s loneliness. Not in some metaphorical way, but in actual one. Liang is the only human here. His colleague Amani safely stays on the base and contacts him on the radio. This distant voice coming somewhere from above is as much company as you can get here. If you don’t count OCTO, mission’s AI, of course. It’s sci-fi after all. Dialogues being rare are wonderfully written, perfectly voiced and are presented in the right amount, are enough to keep the player’s head in the story progression, but not ruining that desolation mood.
Distinctive art-style inspired by 60s and 70s illustrations of popular science magazines glues all of that together, making this truly unique. This is a niché game, sure. But it stands out even among other metroidvanias. Being slow-paced and reflective it never becomes boring. It has that long-lost sense of intergalactic adventure and discovery, which we lost decades ago, surrendering it to Lucas’ space fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against that. And shooting can be fun too. But can we have more games like Waking Mars as well, please?
投稿日: 5月24日
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記録時間: 10.4 時間
Explore caves of Mars and uncover its secret life. Gather and utilize seeds to further control the ecosystem and make life flourish. Waking Mars is effectively a life simulation adventure. It offers surprisingly good voice acting and storyboard for an indie title. There's quite a variety of interesting lifeforms with a decent amount of interaction for research opportunities. The jetpack movement controls are also implemented well making for a relaxing way to enjoy this sightseeing adventure.
投稿日: 5月19日
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記録時間: 14.9 時間
Two lesbian mulate girls dont understand chineze guy hints and enjoy sexy time into space ship, so he end up planting seeds into deep wholes
投稿日: 8月23日
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