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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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.


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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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Nami Zombie
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
I really think this game will be fun once it comes out, I really wanted too play online with my friend's, because building is kind of boring but what the hell doing it all yourself is still fun, yeah its slow, and yeah it takes a bit, kind of like it would in real life, But I Recommend it when its fully released, its going too be a good game, i've kind of wanted this for a while and hey it can be a fun game, plus how Bohemia made arma series i'm looking forward for it ^^. And just think of the mod's that will come with it, And for the people out their getting upset because the game has been on early access for 3 year's, i have not seen a company make a game that could keep me interested if it was done in a year or so, i mean i hardly will touch call of duty, and i loved black ops and Call of duty mw, but they suck and well, Arma 3 was the only shooting game i needed, but 10/10 but if they could fix multiplayer i would like too launch my friend into space >:D
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Mac
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
It's been in "Early Access" for 3 years and there is literally no one playing multiplayer. The single player is intensly boring and slow. It's very technical, which the development team is fantastic at, but there is no playable worth to the game. The only exception would be someone who is considered a tried-n-true enthusiast of robotics and/or uneventful planetary exploration.

Message to Bohemia: I've been playing your games for years. As a company who chooses to focus on a very specific niche gamer, consider me to be as big of a supporter as anyone else you could meet. Thousands of hours devoted to your titles, so I don't say this lightly. You have two core game styles that emerge from Multiplayer, which is what honestly drives the popularity of your titles, not the campaign. Your fantastic military gameplay style, which would only need to be polished more responsive for future titles, whether it be ArmA or not, it's very very good being as intricate as it is. The other, Role Play servers. You inadvertantly created something that allowed the players to create the most perfect role play game on this planet. The only issue is that those people are inefficient, lacking development knowledge and core access. You have such a monumental level of potential with what's been made. If you were to make a non-military related civilian role play game, albeit equally weaponized with practical firearms, you would create a polished and perfected base for a very intricate and realistic roleplay experience. Just with ArmA 3 RP Life servers now, you are given the ability to do things that no other game allows you to live out. You need only spend a month in a Life server to see that the game is used in a manner that would overwhelm the gaming world if done in a fully developed way. With the advancements in VR, a Bohemia Realism Role Play game with a VR headset would be unstoppable.

Food for thought.

I apologize for the negative review, it is purely based on the playability of this game, for me.
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Rocky Jet
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
I really love it. Base building, growing your own food, great atmosphere, becoming self sustained, rover action, steam workshop,exploring all in the name of science. My only complaint is the updates are very few and far in between. Other than that, awesome sim for any NASA or space nerd like myself.
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SpaceMan2015
( 812.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 2
Take on mars is a very good game. You cn build bases, drive vehicles and you need to manage the resources needed to keep your crew live. Has multiplayer also. But, if you have a bad computer, the game will lag. Personally, the game has been my favorite ever since it came out. It's also alot like the movie the martian. I kighly recomend this game!
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NadolsefBonestaltlerVonBismarck
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 1
this game has a lot of bugs and crashes and you can't even enjoy playing with friends because of buggy controls or an action you preform crashes it DONT WASTE YOUR TIME
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BailsBach
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 1
This is probably not the game for you if you enjoy waiting atleast a year for an update. Stay far away... FAR, away.
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mezalon1
( 218.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
Game has great potential and can become the gretest sim out but at this time it is so buugy that you cannot save your progress on any of the maned mars senarios, it crashes every time you try to save, only one working is the moon base senario so do not recomend at this time.
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Timai
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27
This game is early access, and i do not reccomend it to any people out there thinking of buying it. I have been playing this game for 8 hours and i realy am dissapointed (i would handle it if it had autosave), this game crashes every 10-20 min and everytime i forget to save it my work dissapears. Game has too many bugs i will wait a few updates. So lets get to singleplayer -- it seems fine everything working but boring af; multiplayer -- Join random session = walk backwards + Crashes; Create session = Crashes, no autosave, walking seems to be fine, no people to play with
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Avo
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 26
Well this game is still under developement, but if you are the simulator gaming type, you are going to love this! I was astonished when i found out that the Mars wiki is being updated as you progress in your research. That excitement of discovery!!! Managing your budget and designing your own probes... I am sold.
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kevindurling
( 30.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
My feelings on this game are kind of mixed, I love the game play but it crashes like nothing Ive seen, and I play allot of early access games. Would I recommend it? If you don't mind the ant colony of bugs I'd recommend it, if you're easily frustrated by a game that crashes every 5 min, stay away. Great gameplay but it has a long way to go before beta.
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Path911
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
this game has so many issues and unfinished work. everything early 2016. well its early 2016 and what? f@#k all
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Valour
( 114.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24
Lots of bugs need to be fixed before multiplayer is playable. Currently, anyone that joins faces inverted controls, constant lagging out, mysterious jumping. It basically makes MP unplayable and unenjoyable. These should be real easy fixes and should be of top priority. Until these bugs and others are fixed, I'm going to have to give this a negative review.
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Whos_your_daddy
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
Its boring
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Franky
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 21
I like it
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rex100c
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 20
A REALLY BAD GAME. The WORST GAME EEEEVVVEERRR!!!!!!
DO NOT BUY!!!!
Pros:
None.
Cons:
Costs too much.
U CANT SIT UP!!!!!?????
SUUPER LAGGY!!!!!!
U R TOOOO SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All in all, this game sucks. Please do not buy.
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Tyberious
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
Well I had great fun with this game until I got my friend to buy it then when we played we all crashed constantly and wouldnt even walk properly and several other issues. Early access for years and still no significant progress. My review is now negative.
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FatalNickle
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
I know this game is early access. But I can't even walk straight.. My WASD movement seems to shift as I go along. I have to keep finding the right button combination to walk straight. Crashes every 20 minutes IF that.... I mean come on. $22? Atleast fix the character controller.. I could deal with the crashing but the "drunk mode" makes it hard.
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carter.carrio
( 78.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
Frequently crashes

This game frequently runs out of memory when loading a certain texture. This needs to be fixed
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Gen. HandyMan
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 12
Great Game,
Really buggy for Beta access though. Often you get stuck in rocks and your movement keys are backwards in multiplayer.
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sirsqueeks
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
there is a bug i dont know if its hust me but the ground around you spawn doesnt load but still a good game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
It's really fun to get a mate or two together and build a base, then get up to all kinds of shenanigans with the various rovers.

My only issue I have with it in its current state is that it crashes VERY easily. I try to play multiplayer with a mate of mine, we get past the ready room and we usually get to about landing stage on mars, then my game crashes. That's my only issue with it. When it worked properly I woulda given it 10/10, but I'm confident Bohemia Interacvtive can make it great again.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 26
Well this game is still under developement, but if you are the simulator gaming type, you are going to love this! I was astonished when i found out that the Mars wiki is being updated as you progress in your research. That excitement of discovery!!! Managing your budget and designing your own probes... I am sold.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
My feelings on this game are kind of mixed, I love the game play but it crashes like nothing Ive seen, and I play allot of early access games. Would I recommend it? If you don't mind the ant colony of bugs I'd recommend it, if you're easily frustrated by a game that crashes every 5 min, stay away. Great gameplay but it has a long way to go before beta.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
there is a bug i dont know if its hust me but the ground around you spawn doesnt load but still a good game
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
Frequently crashes

This game frequently runs out of memory when loading a certain texture. This needs to be fixed
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
Well I had great fun with this game until I got my friend to buy it then when we played we all crashed constantly and wouldnt even walk properly and several other issues. Early access for years and still no significant progress. My review is now negative.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
218.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
Game has great potential and can become the gretest sim out but at this time it is so buugy that you cannot save your progress on any of the maned mars senarios, it crashes every time you try to save, only one working is the moon base senario so do not recomend at this time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
Crash Lands on the Red Planet
Thinks it's easy to colonize by self
Tries building 5x5x2 base
Fails
Runs out of oxygen
Tries to build 3x3 base
builds that
Plants potatoes in planter box
fertelize
water
I AM MARK WATNEY

9/10 would be mark watney again
Best first person space sim with extra sci fi to date!
Edit: game could use some work, better spawning system maybe? friend is mad because he can barely play multiplayer,
-1 for that
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 26
Loving it. I played around with the missions for a little while and then jumped to the onlne part.

It takes a little while to get use to before you realise how simple but complex this game can be, you will need to either youtube how to play when it comes to building and understanding survival or ask someone to help explain it to you but after some practicing you'll be fine....just.

Day 1 of knowing what to do, I land, got to a point, building a shelter....realised my o2 is on 0% died
Day 2: Tried again, got lost forgetting where my base was, solar even kille me with radiation.
Day 3: Found old base, upgraded it and built some more.
Day 4: realised night time alone is scary....started to think watching Alien is a bad idea on mars.
Day 5: Did not sleep , thinking alien will get me.
Day 6: Friend came to help, he decided to blow my transport up and run off with 3D printer.
Day 7: Living on water and vitamins... sent a S.O.S call to Nasa and ESA....waiting for resupplies.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
165.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 28
If you like Space Sims and want to play something different from what there's actually on the market, buy this game. if so youìll have a lot of fun with it. The sensation I've felt when the cargo bay of the lander opened and I was in front of the vastity of the amazing martian landscapes, it's something I can't describe. But if you are not that kind of gamer, get away; the game is slow, frustrating, buggy and lack of dedicated servers to play with friends.
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36 of 58 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 5
Still a long ways to go. Development is slow enough you have to wonder if it will get finshed.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 23
Very fun game, even in its early access stage, in it's current stage as of march 23, 2016 it has 2 gamemodes, the manned and probe expeditions, the probe game is fun, but lacks challenge, and my personal favorite is the manned,being a mars astronaut on a barren, hostile planet definitely has its perks!
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 10
Be. Really. Patient. This Game is WIP
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
53.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 27
This game has been through a lot over the past few years but now i can say with my hand on my mouse :P its worth every pennie 10/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 18
Take on mars is a seriously great game and the type of game which is rare and i'm glad i found
This is a simulation game of both exploration using rover and then 1st persion manned missions
The developers are always active and updates are regular (usually monthly)
There is also a strong workshop community building addons you can download
Gamplay, graphics, sound and content are all really good

I'd recommend this game to anyone who likes simulation and would really like to go to mars one day
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
I would reccomend this game for fans of The Martian, The physics are a little bit crazy though :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
249.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 22
--For those wanting to just get to a hands on review skip to the secondary section.--

I have been watching and following, and in the past had time to help with hunting bugs and harassing the devs with copy pasted reports since it first came out on early access. Over time I have gotten to see this game grow more and more, thus expanding it's own potential. Take On Mars not only is a simulator, but an educational platform (Hence the wiki data you unlock in the Robotics portion.). With games like this, and Kerbal Space Program, I see a lot of potential for games to bring new challenges and focus to many forms of education in simulation that can even be utilized in classrooms to get kids interested in space exploration, physics, astrobiology, and aeronautics through adaptive and hands on learning.

I know it's been a long time, and yes the due date has been pushed back, and yes there are still bugs that need to be smashed. But in the end, Take On Mars will be a perfect platform for both simulation lovers, and Mars Enthusiasts as the work put into this makes it one of the most unique games currently in beta. Long strides have been made in gaming technology that opens up more intuitive and complex forms of learning and adapting to in game demands through user comprehension and skill. This game needs as much notice and support as possible.

------------------------------------------------Section Two--------------------------------------

Take On Mars is a game based on the research of Mars in understanding what is to be expected for human crews to work with. In the first portion you are able to utilize probes, lander, rovers, and advanced equipment to study the martian surface and gather real world intel based on scientific findings. In chapter two you will take the role of a surviving astronaut who has to survive on the surface through building and maintaining equipment (Chapter2 is still in development.)

Also there are singleplayer and multiplayer scenarios, along with an editor so that you can build your own scenario and upload it to the workshop. Along with this is the ability to easily mod the game files via the developer toolset if you're into that. This gives grounds so a lot of malleability to the game and what players can do with it. Overall, despite it being unfinished I have to give it a 8/10 for both the improvements, the dev team, and the uniqueness of the game. There are others sure, like Mars: Challenger, which is fun but not one I can honestly recommend.

All in all, Take On Mars is a gem, and to those wondering if it is worth buying I will say this:

If you don't mind putting in the effort to submit bug reports, push the game mechanics, and test different aspects of the game then yes, buy it and help the developers expand and debug more of it.

If you want something polished off the bat and are not patient or willing to aid in development, then no, and nor should you buy any game on Early Access because that is what it is for.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 29
This game is good but the physics on the elevator in the landing pod need to be fixed. It keeps killing you when you go down. Plus when using the 3D printer at least allow you to be able to print the other parts for the Vehicles. Because when you print a vehicle, only the body comes out. Plus u should add something to the printer to make a holder for the spool of tubing, so the spool don't go everywhere when you unraval it.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
This game is a few months from its final release and yet it still feels like it's in early alpha. There are a ton of bugs and the game doesn't seem to run smoothly at all. Everything is tedious to do, even exiting the initial lander vehicle is difficult and you will most likely get stuck in the elevator or float in the air the first 3 or 4 times you try to leave.

This game has a lot of potential, but it seems to be very far from fulfilling that potential. Instead it feels like a very primitive sandbox in which you can only move with the speed of a crippled 80 year old man who lost his crutches.

I wouldn't recommend this game, at least not for the next 12 months.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 18
Take On Mars is a great game, but with any game there are many problems with it. The idea and way the devs have done Take On Mars is great but has lacked unlike the main game of bohemia interactivewhich is ARMA 3, doesnt have many Issue like take on mars. here are some of my issue:
-Cant play on a server for more than 2 minuets with out it crashing (i have tryed changeing all my settings but nothing happens)
-Cant delet missions or saves without going thought the game files
-Some mods are a death sentence for take on mars
-The interaction with objects, players, ect (in some cases) dosent work at all.
-No 64 Bit version of the game only 32Bit
-If I move to fast the game will crash for no reasion (vsync issues maybe??)
Here are the positives with Take On Mars:
-Great for simulating what life would be like on Mars
-Great mini Story/Missions with the rover Gameplay
-Great information on mars that has been supported by many different space programs
-With out the Bugs the game would be great and how cheap it is unlike ARMA3 it is great even in the AUS dolla (which is ♥♥♥♥ thanks to tony abbot <^_^>)

otherwise the game is great worth a buy if you want it in is current state

PS: i would wait till the end of this year of next year to get Take On Mars, Because it has a long way to go before it will close to a finish game
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