Explore the rocky terrain and sandy wastes of Mars in this brand new installment to the Take On series. Developed by the creators of the award-winning Arma series and DayZ, Take On Mars places you right in the middle of mankind's most exciting undertaking. Pioneer the exploration of Mars.
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2013

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Why Early Access?

“Early Access allows us to involve the community from early on in the project, meaning the players very much help shape the game. This allows us to make decisions based on what the community wants. After all, we are making the game for them, not only for ourselves.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is planned for release in the the second half of 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Until the game leaves Early Access, it's likely that it will feature some unpleasant bugs or confusing features. With final release, we aim to deliver a more streamlined experience, including tutorials and fixes for bugs and issues the community reports via our Feedback Tracker website."”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At present, Take On Mars is in the Beta development stage. It means that the game should not dramatically change in terms of gameplay possibilities, but we will keep adding new content and features during the Beta stage”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We intend to slightly increase the price upon the release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We listen to your feedback and we aim for very open communication. While we sometimes need to prioritize, we take the ideas and suggestions of our community very seriously. As an example, the entire robotic section of the Space Program mode was completely overhauled from a linear set of missions to sandbox style progression where technologies determine which missions are available.”
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August 18

Radiation, shielding and broken helmets...

Hello everyone!

Today we released a major new update featuring some improvements, fixes and additions.
To name a few of the shiny new things:

* Radiation shielding (based on material and thickness)
* Radiation sickness (slowed movement, vomiting - visual can be switched off)
* Adaptive physics setting (automatically adjusts based on your FPS)
* Slope slippage (can no longer walk up ridiculous slopes)
* Helmet and suit damage (with escaping air, can be patched using Suit Patch)
* Printable Suits, Suit Patches and Emergency Oxygen bottles
* Injured movement (slowed movement)
* Communications ranges (affects map etc)
* Background communications chatter
* ISS model update (interior now much closer to reality)

And some fixes:
* Manned Mobile Lab screens malfunctioning
* Manned Ascent Vehicle auto-docking speed bug
* Radiation spike bug at sunset in multiplayer
* Respawn and join issues in multiplayer
* Mars Yard rover testing bug where multiple vehicles remained
* Disappearing models and particles in complex scenes
* Some crashes and NULL pointer issues

So, what major features remain?
* Life Support Module (used to pressurize/depressurize bases)
* Gases and their quantities (tracking in atmospheric zones)

Once those major remaining features are done, we will move towards finishing up the minor remaining features (such as pressurizing vehicles) and, most importantly, move on to bug-fixing and polishing.

We hope you all enjoy the new content and a big THANK YOU goes out to all those who have believed in us thus far! We certainly hope to deliver a polished simulator that you will all enjoy.


Martin Melicharek,
Project Lead

Radiation sickness:

Radiation Detector:

Suit and Helmet damage + patching:

ISS interior update:

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July 1

Still alive and kicking!

Hello everyone!

Straight off the bat I'd like to sincerely apologize for the lack of announcements and news about Take On Mars on Steam.

I've noticed many have started to suspect the game to be dead. This could not be further from the truth. In reality we have been extremely busy this half year, adding in resource usage, the new modular 3D Printer and a plethora of additional features such as vehicle to vehicle docking (in space), the new Manned Landing Vehicle (with Ascent stage), ladder functionality and many, many more features and additions too long to fit in here.


Amongst the most recent additions to the game is the International Space Station (ISS), with full interior, docking, and physics. Yes, you can accidentally (or intentionally) smash it to pieces.


So, I am sure many of you would ask, why? Why all these features? Why can't you just finish the darn game?! Firstly, these features have been planned for a very long time. They are an integral part of the vision that is to be TKOM 1.0, and are important for the Manned section to the Space Program mode.

That leaves us with one final question - Release. Our intention is to polish, bug-fix and release Take On Mars 1.0 within the next few months, certainly before the year's end. To add weight to that statement I would mention that we are almost feature-complete. The last remaining features are almost ticked off and we can then move to a feature-lock state where only bug-fixes and polish remain.


With the launch just around the corner, we will strive to improve our communication with you all on the news pages, posting announcements more often.

Thank you all for your support, understanding and we look forward to your feedback!

Martin Melicharek,
Project Lead

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About This Game

Explore the rocky terrain and sandy wastes of Mars in this brand new installment to the Take On series. Developed by the creators of the award-winning Arma series and DayZ, Take On Mars places you right in the middle of mankind's most exciting undertaking. Start out in the seat of a rover operator, pushing your vehicles to the max. Finish as the first human to have ever set foot on Mars. With a scientific arsenal at your disposal, you will pioneer the exploration of another planet, unlocking the secrets of Mars’ distant past.

Key Features

  • Space Program Campaign - Explore the Red Planet from the perspective of a science-driven space agency. Become a rover operator, allowing you to control various fully simulated mobile rovers and stationary landers, and make your way through numerous scientific missions.
  • Mars Rover Simulation - Take a seat of an operator in the mission control center, commanding rovers, landers or probes over the distance of hundreds of millions of kilometers, and collect important scientific data about Mars.
  • Expedition One Multiplayer - Use the opportunity to become Mars astronauts and work together to establish the foundations for a first human colony on Mars. Build your own habitat, drive various vehicles, and manage the resources needed to keep your crew alive.
  • Real Life Locations - Travel across a vast, unforgiving Martian terrain with locations based on actual satellite data from famous locations such as Victoria Crater and Deimos.
  • Physics Simulation & Dynamic Destruction - Experience motion in locations with different gravity strength (including Zero-G). Break off cameras, robotic arms, or even individual struts and wheels - all affecting the way your vehicle handles.
  • Content Creation Tools & Modding Support - Create your own scenarios in the 3D Editor and share them on the Steam Workshop, or dive into Take On Mars’ powerful Workbench editing suite to develop new terrains, addons and total modifications.


Explore content made by other players via the Steam Workshop!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo 2.5 GHz or AMD Athlon Phenom X4 or faster
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8800GT or ATI Radeon HD 3870 with Shader Model 3 and 512 MB VRAM, or faster
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Audio compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core i5 or AMD Athlon Phenom X4 or faster
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 or faster
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shenon86
73.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
"If you dont get the reference, well, damn you."

-Mark Watney
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Oni No Hanzo
16.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
No.. just no... dont buy it right now... you cant multiplayer.... you cant play single player campaign without died just a few second you spawn in the game... you cant patch up the suit(the patch suit kit) only lets you examine it... just stay away from this game for now.. it not worth it with this condition... wait until it full release or... when its better than this
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Ghost2143
28.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
10/10 getting stuck on the magnet with no one near to save you from stupidity on your part
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Shane
20.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review (first impressions)

Okay played very little the game is a kinda timeline experience of what it takes to get from launching early technology style probes that have little more than a camera attached to them, right the way across to sending man to mars.

This review is based on very little experience but so far its inrtriguing rather than compelling, i have opted to use real time gameplay and my first batch of research takes between 2-10hrs meaning for the next two hours i have nothing to do beyond looking at the screen. literally !!

the other time options allow you to fast forward the game, and...

you can skip this stage and jump right into the manned missions, or play some preset kind of campaigns if you so wish, then come back to the campaign, you can also log of the game for the whole 10hrs (depending on time mode selected) and research will continue without your presence.

so in the first few hours im bored, but interested to see whats in store !!

i also ran through the training campaigns, and so i have witnessed a little of the crafting style aspects of the game which dont exactly win awards, its most certainly about the mars experience, than being a game of survival in my view at this point. for example most things can be made on a printer without the need of resources, which is just dull to be honest.

im going to recommend at this stage because honeslty whilst not jumping around with excitment just yet, im really interested where this will head as development goes on and so forth. If your a complete space nutjob, im convinced you will love this like a nerd likes highgrades, adrenaline junkies not so much
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that guy ®
48.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
i paid for a broken game that broke more when they patched it.
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Aidmo
24.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
Take On Mars (TKOM), another entry in the "Take On" series by Bohemia Interactive, is one of the only games of its kind. It is a fairly realistic Mars mission simulator. It sports two modes: Space Program and regular singleplayer. Space Program is exactly as it sounds. You take control of a space agency of some sort, and you are tasked with completing missions involving exploration of the Martian surface, or even analysis with a small rover or lander. Your early endeavours will involve a lot of picture-taking and roaming the surface in search of more picturesque views to photograph and send back to the Earth. Regular singleplayer allows you to fast-forward a few years and actually walk on the red planet, which is essentially treated like a survival game, allowing you to build a base and grow food on the desolate surface of the planet Mars.


Take On Mars is one of my personal favorite games. It looks great, plays well, and the experience is always different. All of the modes are really fun to play, and you have a lot of freedom in either scenario. You 3D-print pieces to make and personalize your base in human mode, and you can choose what equipment gets loaded onto your landers or rovers, like extra batteries, higher-powered antennae, or even nicer cameras. The game is still in development, with the release just on the Horizon (is that a Mars rover joke? I don't know. I don't keep up with that ♥♥♥♥).

While I do love this game, I have to talk about performance. I said it "looks great." That's sort of a half-truth. I run a modest GTX 660 in combination with a Core2Quad that's always on its period and is more irritable than you would believe. Due to my budget-level setup, I get okay performance on okay settings. Luckily for me, the engine the game is built in has the most ridiculous graphic settings menu I've ever seen. On top of being able to change regular settings like anti-aliasing or SSAO, you can set the actual render resolution, which basically just renders everything at a level proportional (or equal, if you choose) to your screen resolution. I play in 1080p, but if I need to, I render at .9 times the resolution, or 1728x972, to get those extra frames. The most recent update added adaptive physics, because those can really kill your performance, especially when you build a big-♥♥♥ base for no reason. Hey, I can't blame you.

    Pros
  • Realistic
  • Good visuals
  • Great gameplay

    Cons
  • No space travel, just ground or orbit scenarios
  • Spotty performance on some machines
  • Really, really, really derpy player character model

Final Thoughts:
TKOM, even in its current state, is very playable and highly enjoyable for space-y types. It has a vibe similar to that of The Martian (starring Matt Damon, fantastic film, watch it if you haven't already) and plays however you want it to. If you like KSP, you might like the space program management gamemode, except you may be disappointed in the fact that you don't hand-craft your ships, hand-pick your crew, and personally control the flight. Otherwise, TKOM is a fantastic game well-worth the price, and it comes from a reputable dev that knows how to deliver a damn good game.

Rating: 9/10

This review was written for and is published on the Lit Reviews [LR] curator page.
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Danielinnv
14.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
WORTH IT 10/10
if they stopped working on it when 1.0 came out then the game would still be fun for hours upon hours, it may not be complete and have a few bugs but its just os amazing

why i lke it:
-buttons
-GIANT maps
-realisic sound and environment
-lots of potentiol
-buttons
-LOTS of roleplay and challenges you can make up


things i dont like:
-movement in 0-g is a little to difficult, i know its supposed ot be realistic but its just ot fun ot move around in 0-g
-every once in a while youll get caught in a hatch ad ide

THATS IT

10/10
(once i try the rovers and a few more missions il ltalk review that as well)
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C-grade
2.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
the game feels very fluant but at the same time its feels very incomplete alot of what would be very fun things to do arnt in the game yet i also enjoyed how the game relates with real world science and theories about how humans would be effected by mars the prob missions were also very enjoyable to play
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Vess
18.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 15
I still don't get why the game is still in Early Access with the insane amount of features it has.

Early Access is killing the game by making people think it's dead. Also, it makes it seem like it flopped when it really didn't, IMO.
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Roy Calbeck
30.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
Why is this game running a full-page ad in PC Gamer saying "out now on Steam" with no indication it's still unfinished and in Early Access?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
WORTH IT 10/10
if they stopped working on it when 1.0 came out then the game would still be fun for hours upon hours, it may not be complete and have a few bugs but its just os amazing

why i lke it:
-buttons
-GIANT maps
-realisic sound and environment
-lots of potentiol
-buttons
-LOTS of roleplay and challenges you can make up


things i dont like:
-movement in 0-g is a little to difficult, i know its supposed ot be realistic but its just ot fun ot move around in 0-g
-every once in a while youll get caught in a hatch ad ide

THATS IT

10/10
(once i try the rovers and a few more missions il ltalk review that as well)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
Take On Mars (TKOM), another entry in the "Take On" series by Bohemia Interactive, is one of the only games of its kind. It is a fairly realistic Mars mission simulator. It sports two modes: Space Program and regular singleplayer. Space Program is exactly as it sounds. You take control of a space agency of some sort, and you are tasked with completing missions involving exploration of the Martian surface, or even analysis with a small rover or lander. Your early endeavours will involve a lot of picture-taking and roaming the surface in search of more picturesque views to photograph and send back to the Earth. Regular singleplayer allows you to fast-forward a few years and actually walk on the red planet, which is essentially treated like a survival game, allowing you to build a base and grow food on the desolate surface of the planet Mars.


Take On Mars is one of my personal favorite games. It looks great, plays well, and the experience is always different. All of the modes are really fun to play, and you have a lot of freedom in either scenario. You 3D-print pieces to make and personalize your base in human mode, and you can choose what equipment gets loaded onto your landers or rovers, like extra batteries, higher-powered antennae, or even nicer cameras. The game is still in development, with the release just on the Horizon (is that a Mars rover joke? I don't know. I don't keep up with that ♥♥♥♥).

While I do love this game, I have to talk about performance. I said it "looks great." That's sort of a half-truth. I run a modest GTX 660 in combination with a Core2Quad that's always on its period and is more irritable than you would believe. Due to my budget-level setup, I get okay performance on okay settings. Luckily for me, the engine the game is built in has the most ridiculous graphic settings menu I've ever seen. On top of being able to change regular settings like anti-aliasing or SSAO, you can set the actual render resolution, which basically just renders everything at a level proportional (or equal, if you choose) to your screen resolution. I play in 1080p, but if I need to, I render at .9 times the resolution, or 1728x972, to get those extra frames. The most recent update added adaptive physics, because those can really kill your performance, especially when you build a big-♥♥♥ base for no reason. Hey, I can't blame you.

    Pros
  • Realistic
  • Good visuals
  • Great gameplay

    Cons
  • No space travel, just ground or orbit scenarios
  • Spotty performance on some machines
  • Really, really, really derpy player character model

Final Thoughts:
TKOM, even in its current state, is very playable and highly enjoyable for space-y types. It has a vibe similar to that of The Martian (starring Matt Damon, fantastic film, watch it if you haven't already) and plays however you want it to. If you like KSP, you might like the space program management gamemode, except you may be disappointed in the fact that you don't hand-craft your ships, hand-pick your crew, and personally control the flight. Otherwise, TKOM is a fantastic game well-worth the price, and it comes from a reputable dev that knows how to deliver a damn good game.

Rating: 9/10

This review was written for and is published on the Lit Reviews [LR] curator page.
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367 of 433 people (85%) found this review helpful
343 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 6, 2015
Great Mark Watney simulator
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168 of 199 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
68.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5
Loved this game. Loved it so much. Helped make mods for it..played it for hours...believed in its potential, but it is now being deleted after being on my favorites list for over a year. This game could have guided the inspiration for a whole generation of future scientists and explorers alike. Thank you Bohemia for yet another unfinished backwards display of failure. You had so much potential especially with the release of the blockbuster hit the Martian, but instead of devoting the proper time and money into making a work of art that could be recognized for generations this will end up in the junkpile of unfinished attempts at true gaming/training/simulation for space exploration and better understanding of our own universe. This is the perfect example of laziness, lack of dedication, and shortsightedness that exsists around us in our daily lives on this planet that prevent us from going any further as a species. P.S. At this point the game will not even function, and dont even dare try multiplayer now....seriously dont even bother trying...its not worth your time....so sad..

RE: To Martin Melicharek (Project Lead)

Thank you for responding to my comment. I know that you the developers are working hard on this, and I want you to understand that my comments were not meant for you guys directly but specifically Bohemia Interactives lack of support to you 'the developers'. It seems to be a running joke that they give you guys just enough money and support to create something they can make some money off of, but when it comes down to having the support to actually finish something, or take it to the point of its full potential they fall short of giving the support that should be expected from a big name. I for one wish they would give you guys the resources necessary to make Take on Mars into the masterpiece it is meant to become. I am praying that your baby makes it to full adulthood, and not just that but goes on to be an example for generations to come and teach more people about our true destiny of exploration and daring bravery against the darkness of space. Get it back to a playable state, offer plans for a dedicated server tool at some point (i know lots of rewrite), 64-bit support, necessary texture compression, and I will gladly change my review. Keep up the hard work I for one believe in you guys.
Thank you, Thorn
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162 of 193 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 30, 2013
Take on Mars is possibly one of the most unique concepts to hit the steam store in a while. It's a game, of sorts, but more than that, it's a tool for learning and understanding the challenges inherent in exploring a planet far removed from our own, as well as providing a toolbox to this end. A very well thought out toolbox at that, which includes a tech tree (recently added), Multiple survey sites, and even now includes Deimos.

You are placed in charge of the Mars Space Exploration Agency, provided a budget to build, launch and research landers, and rovers, and tasked with exploring and analysing scitentific points of interest. Completing these objectives nets you further funding. The game part comes from balancing the needs of developing technology and launching appropriate craft to the right sites.

Funding -is- tight here, so it's very easy to box yourself in on the first few tries whilst you get the hang of how it all works. For that reason I really, really advise that you read the tutorials, go and do a bit of research on the web, and study the tech tree. Work out what you need to build, and apply an objective based approach to proceedings. This is not a game for anyone who isn't extremely patient and willing to invest in a concept which as an open ended project, is very different from pretty much anything that's come before.

As a niche product though, it should be applauded, because Bohemia has created a genuinely unique experience, one that if you've the time, the will and the inclination, provides a richly rewarding and deep journey, digging into the historical background of the Red Planet, and mixing a subtle element of managing your technology whilst exploring and unearthing secrets as you go.
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92 of 100 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 5, 2013
It's your own Mars (and asteroid belt) Exploration Program simulator.

In the game you control probes or rovers in real time (unlike in real life, where their control sequences are preprogrammed, and in emergency they are automatically put in a safe mode). It isn't only about exploring Mars, but also its moons and asteroids. You can also operate rover on Earth.

The objectives are quite repetitive (ride there, shoot photos, analyze air, soil, rocks, take a sample, all this to get funds and unlock next levels of available hardware which you will send to Mars next), but it isn't a boring game. You need to be careful to not break the equipment (or wheels), and watch out for strong wind, as small rovers and probes are quite light and fragile. It's currently in active development, so some things may still change and a new content (like sample analyze results currently having a placeholder) will be added.

It's a great game for space geeks, people who like realistic vehicle simulators, and other people who want to view Mars from rover's perspective.
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189 of 242 people (78%) found this review helpful
422 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 20, 2015
I jumped, bumped my head on the ceiling... and died.
I opened a door and was crushed behind it... and died.
I tried to jump onto the back of a truck, slipped, rolled sideways down a hill, hit a rock...and died.
I took my helmet off to store it on the wall but mistakenly dropped it on the floor, it flew around the room like a cannonball eventually smashing open the airlock.... Everyone died.
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185 of 250 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28, 2014
I'm not sure. I want to like Take On Mars, but overall I don't find it a very engaging game.

TOM wants you to play the game its way, or the highway. My first play through and I spent all of my money to build a super-lander. It had a robot arm, soil scoop, atmosphere sensors, the works. I managed to get it down on the ground and thought to myself: "Whoo! Let's do some SCIENCE!" And then the game said, "Yay, you explored this region! Now do it some more, elsewhere!" Wait. What?

I wasn't able to use my robot arm or soil scoop. My atmosphere sensor was useless. The game had intended only for me to complete a set of explore-the-area objectives before it would unlock the next set. I realized then that Bohemia Interactive had a much different idea of SCIENCE! than I did. To me, spending my wad on an uber-science craft made sense. Cram as much science as you can in a single big-budget mission so you can unlock more technology. But I was thinking like a scientist, not as a game player.

And that's where TOM lost me. The game wants me to play it like a game. I was expecting a simulator. For something that bills itself as a simulator, I found this really disappointing.

Science tasks earn me money, and I spend that money to research better science-making gear. This system feels hap-hazard and slapped together. Why not have a separate budget versus "science points" (much like in Kerbal Space Program)? Why is the science objective-based instead of having "wells of science fact" that are tapped and eventually exhausted (again, like KSP)?

In fact, playing this game just made me want to play KSP instead. Which is a real pity, because TOM looks great and it could be a real contender for introducing people to the act of managing a space program and how extraterrestial science works.

I restarted my game and played it The Right Way and was able to upgrade to rovers. I was excited at first, because I thought this was a chance to do something interesting. Only to realize that "interesting" meant holding down the "W" key for hours on end, driving a slow rover across the Martian surface. And this is where TOM completely lost me. Suddenly, it wanted to act like a realistic simulator -- Oh you have to DRIVE AROUND to find interesting science! In realtime! With no automatic navigation system!

At that point, I just stopped playing. I haven't bothered to unlock the next set of objectives, and have yet to set a human down on the surface of Mars in TOM, and that's a real pity.

Oh well, at least my science base on Duna is thriving...
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62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
83.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 20, 2014
"My God, it's full of stars!"
I have had this game since the early versions and even then it felt like a shop ready product and not early access, and the new updates have just felt like free DLC.
The screen shots tell the story of the graphics, they are awesome, and the whole game looks like that.
The realism is, well I've never sent a probe to Mars, but it feels pretty bleeding real to me. And the realism is the key to your enjoyment of this title.

If you want fast paced action on a future Mars then move along (I've seen posts saying it's boring, pah!).

If you're like me and absorb yourself into a sim about the current exploration of Mars, with all the slow analysis of rocks and atmosphere and the chance to take photos that look very similar to NASA pics that comes with that then buy this game, clear about a month in your schedule and prepare for a real, scientific and indepth exploration of our solar cousin.

As real as it gets. Stunning sim. 11/10.
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76 of 88 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 23, 2013
Absolutely incredible game... but also not for everyone.

This is basically a highly realistic space simulator. The amount of detail and attention to realism is fantastic, making it really feel like you are controlling a rover on Mars. You visit actual locations on Mars, use actual scientific equipment to learn actual things about the geology of Mars. There is even an (optional) way to sync the game with the actual time on Mars, so you need to actually schedule your day around the 24.75 hour Martian day (like they do at JPL). Future versions will even include an (optional) light delay between sending and receiving commands.

No explosions, no aliens, no "story" other than building a successful Mars exploration program. There are countless games out there to provide your fix of those things. This game is different, and that is why i absolutly love it.

The gameplay IS quite repetitive, but one again so is the real deal. Drive a bit, analyse some soil. Drive some more, analyze a rock. None the less I find this very relaxing and engrossing, a nice way to unwind. Also, with Modding, there's no reason you can't break from realism and begin a long cruise around martian sand dunes in a dune-buggy while blasting "Road Trip" music from iiTunes/WinAmp/whatever.

If you are fascinated by Mars, like to keep track of what Curiosity is up to, would like to visit mars, and think it would be fun to drive a rover really slowly and drill holes into rocks (aka the real deal)... then you will like this game.

Simply Put: The closest most of us will come to visiting Mars.

P.S. The game is in Beta/Early access as of this writing, so for all i know in the future they may give you more freedom on what you can do, or include sci-fi ideas like a manned mission.

P.P.S. Regarding some negative reviews here - keep in mind it is in Beta. Some of the things being complained about here are almost certainly going to be fixed or changed in time. If those reviews scare you away from buying it, check back when it is completed.
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