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.
User reviews: Very Positive (254 reviews)
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 projected release date of the game is planned for June 2015.”

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

“The final version should feature the exploration of Mars from robotics to manned missions, the latter focusing on survival.

Multiplayer is an important aspect in the experience where we envision players cooperating to survive in the unforgiving Martian wastes, building bases, mining for resources, and even growing crops for food.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At present, Take On Mars is in late Alpha 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?

“From initial release to present we have heavily involved the community in the development process. 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.

We intend to keep to this style of development until we reach Beta.”
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January 28

Roadmap to Release 2015



Hello everyone,

Today we released a roadmap detailing our plans for Take On Mars from January 2015 through to release of version 1.0 in June 2015. It details the most important highlights, such as the completion of the survival elements, the addition of the Manned section to the Space Program mode, and most importantly, release dates.

Many, myself included, are looking forward to the addition of the Manned section to the Space Program mode, and we sincerely hope not to disappoint. This will be story driven, focusing on survival in a catastrophic failure scenario. I am sure this culmination to the Space Program mode will whet the appetite for playing with friends online in the Cooperative or planned Competitive modes. I hope to meet many of you on the surface of our red neighbour.

I'd like to clarify a few things about the plan, specifically about the move to Beta. While still within Early Access, the game at this point will move into a feature-lock state, where no additional features are added and rather existing features and gameplay mechanics are tweaked to perfection. There may be exceptions, but the idea is to make the game run as smoothly as possible giving everyone the best possible experience.

Additionally of note, tutorials will be added in May, which will help new players get into the game intuitively via short in-game videos that will be played in correlation with what the player is doing. For example, driving a vehicle for the first time will bring up the tutorial for controlling vehicles, and so on.

I hope we deliver to expectations, and would reiterate my gratitude for all your support since initial Early Access release back in August 2013.

Most kind and sincere regards,

Martin Melicharek
Project Lead for Take On Mars

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December 19, 2014

Take On Mars - Christmas Update!

Hello everyone!


Today we released another update to the Main branch. This fixes many bugs, freezes, and general un-pleasantries.
Aside from fixes it also features the newly implemented Materials Refinery, which you can use to break apart MarsRock, Water, Carbon Dioxide, and so on. It also allows recombining of materials.
In addition to the Refinery, 3D GUIs have been implemented with multiplayer support, so the Huge Monitor that can be placed on walls is now properly synchronized.
Not to mention oxygen zones within the Manned Mobile Laboratory, so now inside you can take your suit off. The MML also features several new monitors, which allow viewing of CCTV cameras around the vehicle, and also allow use of the newly added crane system, which utilizes an electromagnet to grab objects.


So here are the highlights in a nutshell:
- 3D GUI system for controlling monitors and such, fully synchronized over multiplayer
- New crane system on the Manned Mobile Laboratory used for lifting heavy objects
- Oxygen zones within the Manned Mobile Laboratory, which depressurize when doors are opened
- Many fixes to various crashes and freezes
- Many more minor improvements



I'd also like to use this opportunity to thank you all for your support, it has been a great year for Take On Mars, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. To that end I would also like to let you know that the development team will be away on holidays from tomorrow until the 5th of January, 2015.


From the dev team, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!


Martin Melicharek (Dram)
Project Lead




Change Log:

19th December 2014:
- Added level of details without GUI to each monitor for better performance
- Updated all scenarios with the new Manned Mobile Lab (with crane)
- Finished Materials Refinery GUI
- Implemented a chemical reaction system in the Materials Refinery


17th December 2014:
- Added 3D GUI screen to the Materials Refinery
- Fixed issue with NULL pointers to widget when client was connecting


16th December 2014:
- Added 3D GUI controls to the Mobile Lab crane


15th December 2014:
- Fixed stack overflow crash when assembling/disassembling huge buildings
- Fixed crash that occured when starting a multiplayer game, returning to menu, and starting one again
- Fixed incorrect info display of scenarios in the multiplayer Create Game menu


12th December 2014:
- Added particle effects such as kicked up dust/rocks to footsteps
- Added 30sec delay before playing 'active' idle animations on the player


11th December 2014:
- Added atmospheric zones to the Manned Mobile Lab
- Added dynamic atmospheric zones
- Disabled experimental 'zoom-in' to 3D GUIs


10th December 2014:
- Added experimental 'zoom-in' to 3D GUIs if holding focus/rotate object
- Added 4 CCTV cameras viewable from the driver's seat of the Manned Mobile Lab
- Added proper animations to seats in Manned Mobile Lab
- Added Picture-in-Picture views for rear, undercarriage, interior, and airlock in the Manned Mobile Lab


5th December 2014:
- Added 3D GUI monitors to the Manned Mobile Laboratory, which control the airlock and rear door
- Fixed broken packet issue in vehicles, possibly causing crashes in MP


3rd December 2014:
- Fixed issue where exiting Gravon from fullscreen had hidden menus
- Fixed animations not playing on Atmospheric Processor and Drilling Rig
- Added MP synchronization of the Huge Monitor
- Added saving/loading of values of the Huge Monitor


1st December 2014:
- Fixed crash/freeze caused by a texture handling issue


30th November 2014:
- Added synchronization of the cursor for 3D GUIs over the net

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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.

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Get immediate access to the game while it is still being developed. The game evolves as you play it, as you give feedback, and as the developers update and add content.


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.


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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
If you want to murder your friends on mars, or shoot space aliens, move along.... but if your an intelligent, patient, and mature person who wants to survive on mars, then buy this because its amazing
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
I know I'm going against the majority here, who seem to have enjoyed the game, but I was expecting something quite different. I realize it's an early access title but the fundamentals aren't really there. The physics engine is jittery and jiggly almost to a comic degree and the career mode is pure grind that will have you do the same thing over and over again to do a different thing over and over again. Here's hoping as least some of this changes before release. Details: http://youtu.be/VwKfVaEn7K4
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Early Access Review
This is a great game, if you’re into this kind of stuff. Otherwise I guess you’ll hate it, which of course would make you a heartless monster.
TakeOn Mars certainly is no GTA Mars. Getting to your next target can and will require prolonged use of your W-key as your rover crawls over the martian surface at a snail’s pace. But hey, you’re rewarded with actual education! Now isn’t that fun!?
While you progress through the missions the built-in encyclopedia presents you with tons of actual facts about Mars which you could also find on Wikipedia without having to carefully drive your rover down some crater wall first.
So if you feel “ready” for a “more or less accurate” simulation of Mars exploration this game may be for you as well. Otherwise I guess it’s more likely you’ll be bored to death and back.

Seriously, it’s awesome!
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Early Access Review
As a science and astronomy geek, this game feels like a dream come through.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Early Access Review
Intresting game, but a difficult one at that..
The tutorial is a bit 'raw': you get the idea, but you have to find out a lot for yourself..

The interface and controls are a bit confusing
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Early Access Review
Despite what other reviews are saying, the controls are not that difficult to learn. Yes, the tutorials are kind of raw, but this is a game I'm glad I got. build a base on the Moon and Mars, Take pictures through filters at Victoria Crater, EVA on Deimos, and the newly added multiplayer adds a whole lot of fun to the game, and you only have to click twice to set up a server anyone in the world can join. About the controls, do Esc, Options, then Key Bindings to see where all the controls are.

I'm glad I bought this game, and I highly reccomend it to anyone who is looking for a fun, realistic space game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is my kind of game. In take on mars you control a space agentcy with a cool logo that... well, explores mars. But not just mars! You can also go to a testing facility on earth (Where if you take your helmet off you die.) the moon, Deimos, and an asteroid belt. This game allows you to explore a deep tech tree, which rushing it may cause budgget shortage and budget cuts. You need to progress, use money carefully, explore, be an astronaut and build stuff. The game, in my opinion is better than ksp in a way.
But you also need to figure things out on your own, but that is what makes it fun, Keeps the game with you longer and most of all, makes it great!

music 5/10
gameplay 8/10
exploration 9/10
graphics 7/10
rp experience 8.7/10
depression of your astronaut 10/10

9.3/10 Cyberknight seal of approval!
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Early Access Review
Great game. But it would be nice if the devs would finish stuff that hasn't been touched in over a year. Such as the 'Content comming soon' stuff. Rather than concentrating on multiplayer.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Early Access Review
I like this game, because it's slow. After a very extensive FPS, it's the best choice to relax.
The only problem is the lost saves: if a new version published, the old saves became corrupt and I have to start the campaign from the beginning, what is very frustrating.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
193.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Early Access Review
I've been playing this game for a bit off and on. I love it but also am critical on some things. I will give a more in depth review in the future once more content has been put out. Right now as of today I give a temporary review.

Pros:
1-You can take control of rovers, landers, zero-G probes, and even control a human character.
2-The Dev's are working to put in realisticscientific data recorded from what is currently known about Mars.
3-Multiplayer is about working as a team to create a base. This isn't DayZ, Rust, StarForge or other games that people run around and kill noobies while complaining about how bad the game is, this game demands patience, teamwork, skill, and most importantly a mature and calm outlook to get into.
4-The game is simple to mod, you can create custom scenarios, and can even save games while in MP.
5-Bohemia Interactive and their amazing track record for bringing us incredible games that challenge the word "Simulation."

Cons:
1-As with any early access there are bugs, right now there is a SP game breaker bug that causes you to not use rover/lands instruments that require robotic movments. This will be fixed once the Development team returns on Sep182014.
2-Multiplayer does not have survival mechanics in. This will also be fixed when the dev's return.
3-Multiplayer has very few people who actually play it. Due to the high system demand, and how intimidating/frustrating it can be to get into this game, a lot of people give up. I've spent three hours yesterday trying to teach people how to change keybinds and rotate objects. The keybinds need to be reworked, especially since most people don't know or don't even have a "Mouse4" button.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Early Access Review
Amazing game!

When I first launched this game, I saw Mars in the menu and instantly started a random scenario...
The game only had rovers and landers at the time, but it didn't take a long time when we got Astronauts and "MULTIPLAYER!!!"

Pros:
-Highly detailed textures and environment-
-Extremely detailed physics- (BeamNG should be afraid)
-Multiplayer- is an excellent feature
-Most accurate simulation of Mars, Zero gravity and the Moon-
-Includes 2 RETRO GAMES!!! yay
-So much good stuff and HUGE AMOUNT OF POTENTIAL!!!

Cons:
-Early Access- (can't wait for lots of content and the full release)
-I can't come up with anything else :)

"For people who HATE this game:"
1. Its Early Access
2. This is not an FPS
3. Its a simulation
4. Deal with it...
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
144.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Early Access Review
I recommend this game 100%, Must buy for fans of a vast genre covering either space or planetary sciences. To name them all would occupy me for a long time.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Early Access Review
Great mars exploration simulator
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Early Access Review
AMAZING ! This is a sim. One of the best. Early Access. . . . Imagine when its done.
I really wanna sample soil. I want more analyzing. But, driving around is good for now.

If you do not like this sim, its because you do not have a passion for science, discovery or even a ounce of wonder. I love it...!

I RECOMMEND THIS GAME..... For thos who know who Niel de Grasse Tyson is, understand that we are small in this big universe, like remote controlled cars to the fifth power and, AND..... have the aptitude and imagination needed to discover things like the greatest mind have that have ever walked this planet...

JUST LET ME SAMPLE SOME SOIL !!!!!!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
69.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Early Access Review
This is a mars exploration game (duh) where you are the guy in charge of reseaching probes,rovers and other vehicles within a budget and then sending it to mars to gather information about the place and at the same time teach you,the player real life facts and events about mars itself.Its quite an interesting game if you're an avid space guy and wanna learn something new about mars and its moon.

But i would like to say that this is a game that needs patience and tolerence,especially later on in the campaign because thats when the bigger,more complex machines like large rover are unlocked through research and i tell you the missions for those are long and ardous,especially since every part of the rover is so slow .So for me,it isnt uncommon to spend close to an hour to complete a mission and its major and minor ones.And maybe its just me but i cant find a fast forward button but even if there is one,i probably wont even be able to use it,the vehicles are fragile,so very fragile so constant attention has to be given so that the rover dosnt veer off into some ditch like mine did.many times Its not fun to come back finding out its wheels came out just because it hit a little rock and yes its that fragile.

So all in all,its a good game,it trains your nerves and patience,it teaches you stuff,the graphics are pretty nice although it looks rough in some areas and its well made.One word of advice though, the drone of the rovers are very irritating in the long run so I recommend playing the game on mute.And get a weight to put on the keys if you're using a keyboard to play,theres no cruise control for the rover as far as i know and theres no auto-pilot and dont even think about auto navigation, you know , like press a point and kaboom ,you get teleported there ,nope ,this is a simulation so my advice is to get a nice,good weight for the forward key at least.

Oh and there are still some game-breaking bugs and glitchs in it so im going to wait for the full release before i touch it again.I suggest you do too to if you want enjoy the game without its stackoverflows and fatal errors.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Early Access Review
At first, I was a bit bored. The beginning probe/lander gameplay is a bit tedious and the game doesn't go out of its way to explain anything.

Then, I moved onto the rover stage and launched a hail-mary pass with a medium rover to explore a little area with a bunch of objectives right next to one of my old landers.

Next thing I know, it's five hours later, and I'm having a surprising amount of fun exploring Mars, doing my own interpretative dance in the form of The Fast and the Furious: Mars Drift, and drawing ♥♥♥♥♥ in the dirt all over the planet. I finally found my old lander, then spent a while trying to slowly dismantle it with my rover's robotic arm. Now I'm wondering if I could manually navigate a small lander to land atop a large rover, having a criminal amount of fun, and I haven't even touched the new colonization and zero-g probe features yet.

This game isn't for everyone, but I give it a hearty recommend to anyone interested in space exploration.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Early Access Review
This Game is Really Amazing, If you Love Simulation Games, This is the Best of them all... Yet *I Guess*
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Early Access Review
T.O.M would have to be one of the most intelligent games Steam has to offer.. the Experience itself is jaw droppingly brilliant from its rich photorealistic graphics to the diversity of missions & new multiplayer makes it even more appealing. It takes some geting used to the Rover controls and getting around in general as this is not your typical "game" but a realistic impression on heading a mission to Mars.. Strap in & get ready for one awesome experience that is not only a sim.. but a learning experience in all things related to previous missions to the Red Planet..
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
Early Access Review
I bought this game on a whim as an aerospace buff and ended up playing it when my internet went out. This game is so solid it's not even funny. Even in Early Access, they have a great core game. Missions, objectives, semi-customizable crafts, and a fluid resource system makes me excited for future updates. 10/10 for an Early Access game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Early Access Review
Do you want to drive a rover on Mars? There you go!
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