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.
User reviews: Very Positive (785 reviews) - 91% of the 785 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 13, 2012

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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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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
This is a highly original, non-linear exploration game with some really novel puzzles - if you like the idea of exploring caves/solving puzzles/uncovering a story - this IS the game for you!!

It's not perfect tho - I got stuck a few times because the 'trigger' for the story progession didn't work in a couple of the rooms until I left/re-entered/swore at it/quit in a huff/came back later and repeated that a few times!!

I also spent a fair bit of time wandering around wondering what I'd NOT done and whether I'd missed stuff (it's non-linear so it can be hard to find help from others who did stuff in a different order!!) - and completing some of the rooms (purely because you CAN) can be VERY grindy.

It's a disappointing you don't do more with the ecosystem/plants too - a sandbox high-score mode for some of the areas would have been really, really nice - a sequel (which would be cool!) should do just that!!

It's hard to not recommend it for what are relatively minor frustrations tho and so I'm going "Thumbs Up" here!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
One of the great games you still miss or feel like want to recur to sometimes a year later after having completed it 100% twice. Though it's not your type of a game at all.
Totally worth your time and money.
Casual, not all that hard, not too repetative. Involving. Inspiring. Recommended.
P.S. Good to alternate Killing floor HOE Solo runs :))
Отличная игра из тех которые еще помнятся и иногда вызывают желание перепройти через год после того как полностью прошел ее дважды. Хотя это и не игра "твоего" типа.
Короче полностью оправдала затраты денег и времени.
Не особо сложная, не сильно занудная. Увлекательная. Располагающая к оптимизму. Короче рекомендовано.
З.Ы. Отлично разбавляет одиночные заходы в Killing Floor на аццкой сложности :)))
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
This game has a great story too it. Not to mention it looks incredible for a 2D game.
Would reccomend to anyone who plays games for story.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
A very nice exploration game. The voice acting is well done and enjoyable. I had fun discovering all the weird life on Mars and how they work and effect the environment. Probably my only gripe is the map screen is a bit frustrating trying to navigate it. It took me a bit the first time I saw it to figure out how it works, but it's still more complicated than it needed to be.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Simple, relaxed game 7/10

Pros:
1. Nice atmosphere
2. Unique gameplay
3. Nice sci-fi feel overall
4. Easy and smooth controls

Cons:
1. Odd transition screens
2. Gameplay is lacking
3. Dialogue and voice acting is only ok
4. Boring soundtrack

Overall, it was an easy enough game that I found relaxing. Not a lot of depth here but that's not always needed.
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