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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.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2013
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“Welcome to Take On Mars. Just as with any space exploration mission, the initial launch of TKOM is the start of a journey. By making the game available as an Early Access title, we hope to receive feedback and suggestions from players, and work together to create the most dynamic exploration sim game - driven by everyone’s passion for exploration and interest in extra-terrestrial bodies, such as Mars... Better said, especially Mars!”
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Bohemia Interactive deploys new Expedition One update for Take On Mars

June 23rd, 2014

To resupply the first people on Mars, Bohemia Interactive today released a major content update for the Expedition One campaign of Take On Mars – the studio’s new space simulation game. The update delivers a manned scout buggy, mobile laboratory, an improved 3D printer, and many general fixes and improvements to the core game. The full changelog of the latest update is available at http://mars.takeonthegame.com/changelog.

Expedition One, which serves as the second part of Take On Mars’ Space Program campaign, provides players with the opportunity to take part in the first manned mission to the Red Planet. After they arrive on Mars, they will need to perform a multitude of scientific experiments, construct habitats spanning from shelters to entire installations, and search for viable sources of oxygen, water, and raw materials. Due to the limited amount of supplies the space shuttle can carry, one of the most significant challenges for the marsonauts will simply be surviving the harsh Martian environment. This means that participants will have to actively manage their oxygen levels, food stocks, grow plants, and operate drilling rigs in the search for new resources. Unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles will be at their disposal to increase their mobility across the vast alien terrain.

To enlist for the Expedition One mission, people can sign up for Take On Mars’ Early Access program on Steam, where the game is temporarily available with a 15% Summer Sale discount (11.89 EUR/ 15.29 USD/ 10.19 GBP).

For more information on Take On Mars, please visit http://mars.takeonthegame.com/ and/or follow Take On Mars on Twitter and Facebook.

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Take On Mars receives first Expedition One content update

April 15th, 2014


Bohemia Interactive, the creators of the award-winning Arma™ series and DayZ™, today released the first portion of their Expedition One content update for Take On™ Mars. Serving as the codename for Take On Mars’ manned mission to Mars, Expedition One enables people to explore the Red Planet, and establish a self-sufficient human habitat.

Today’s update lands the first human marsonauts to Take On Mars. With access to a manned science buggy, featuring an interactive 3D GUI, one of their first objectives will be to explore the huge new Cydonia Mensae location, which spans 8x8 kilometer of Martian terrain. A 3D printer enables marsonauts to construct various parts, which can be put together via the Habitat Construction System to form buildings and installations (changelog).

The next portion of Take On Mars’ Expedition One content update will include resource extraction/transfer, habitat pressurization, and marsonaut vitals - and is scheduled for release in May 2014.



For those who are new to Bohemia Interactive’s manned mission to Mars; Expedition One brings players to Mars to perform a multitude of scientific experiments, construct habitats spanning from shelters to entire installations, and search for viable sources of oxygen, water, and raw materials. Due to the limited amount of supplies the space shuttle can carry, one of the most significant challenges for the marsonauts will simply be surviving the harsh Martian environment. As such, participants will have to actively manage their oxygen levels, food stocks, grow plants, and operate drilling rigs in the search for new resources. Unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles will be at their disposal to increase their mobility across the vast alien terrain.

To enroll for the manned mission, people can now join for the Early Access version of Take On Mars on Steam for the reduced price of 13.99 EUR/ 17.99 USD/ 11.99 GBP.

Take On Mars was officially announced at E3 2013, where it won IGN’s Best New PC Game award. For more information on Take On Mars, please visit http://mars.takeonthegame.com/ and/or follow Take On Mars on Twitter and Facebook.

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About the 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.

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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.
  • Realistic Terrain - Travel across a vast, unforgiving Martian terrain with locations based on actual satellite data from famous locations such as Victoria Crater and Deimos.
  • Economy - Increase your budget by completing missions and individual tasks. Develop new technologies, vehicles and instruments to tackle the challenges you meet along the way.
  • Dynamic Destruction System - Break off cameras, robotic arms, even individual struts and wheels, all affecting the way your vehicle handles.
  • Content Creation - Create your own scenarios and share them on the Steam Workshop, or just play around with whatever you wish in this limitless, free-form mode. Dive into Take On Mars’ powerful Workbench editing suite to develop new terrains, addons and total modifications.
  • Expedition One* - Take on the role of a marsonaut and establish the foundation for a human colony on Mars. Build your own habitat, drive unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles, and manage the resources needed to keep you alive.
*Expedition One will be made available in Q2 2014

Explore content made by other players via the Steam Workshop!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo 2.5Ghz 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
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
625 products in account
8 reviews
16.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
An interesting "game" so far. There is a ton of potential here and I look forward to what the developers have in store. This is a hard core sim, make no mistake about it.

You start with a small sum of money and essentially have to launch probes and gather data. You can research upgrades so you can create better probes and eventually rovers. It is slow going,. and you wil invest a lot of time just to get the payoff of meeting the mission goals. That payoff is well worth it!

You will question yourself and make mistakes. It can be a frustrating experience to build what you feel is an excellent rover for a mission, only to have it blown over when you make the mistake of landing in an area with hurricane force winds. Ouch! But you end up going back for more because you want to get it right.

I have been playing with this the past few days and am hooked. My 7 year old loves driving the rovers around and if anything, it has opened his mind to asking a million questions about Mars and space exploration. That is a huge win and worth the cost alone for me.
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
230 products in account
8 reviews
61.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
"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.
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
39 products in account
22 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
needs a 6-8 minute delay on controls then i'll give it a full 10/10
Posted: February 21st, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
81 products in account
5 reviews
7.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is very good simulator but IMO this game is updated very slowly and i dont like that when you go analysize some rock, text appears "Feature coming soon".

This has great potential but its little too slowly updated and it not has yet so much intresting features.

Yes you can ride with rover at mars based real satellite images and rover images and graphics are great, but that is all there is right now.
Posted: March 19th, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
101 products in account
1 review
29.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
If you are a Space geek like I am, you will likely enjoy this game at any and every stage of development. If you are thinking about persuing a career in space exploration or aerospace engineering, you will likely enjoy this game. That said, it is a very slow game. I have read through entire books while driving from one place to another. The simulation of tools and cameras is very good and the game excels in that respect. However, many features are not implemented yet but it is getting better and more complete. I highly recommend playing with a joystick as opposed to a controller. Also, because it is a simulation for an activity that involves sitting at a desk for the part you are playing, it takes a little role playing to get the very most out of it. Get a cup of coffee and a book or two and pretend you're working at JPL driving a real rover. It makes it a much more enjoyable experience, just don't break off any wheels while you're reading. That would not be good for your (pretend) career. :)
Posted: May 6th, 2014
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137 of 152 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,605 products in account
35 reviews
12.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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