Race To Mars is a turn-based, space company simulation game. Become the head of the newly established “New Space” company whose goal would be to establish a colony on Mars. You begin as a startup - develop cutting edge aerospace technologies and use them to achieve orbit and fly beyond Earth vicinity, blazing the trail of a space pioneer...
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Release Date: Mar 7, 2014

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“Race To Mars is in early development phase, which means at the moment you are not able to see it in its full glory. But day by day we are working on making it the best turn based economic strategy you have ever played. A lot of features is still under construction, but right now you can already check out how your space company might develop. Our Alpha Version is available on PC, Mac and Linux. We are planning to release update builds at least once a month each time making the game more awesome. Don’t forget to check our facebook profile to see what’s coming next. We encourage you to give us your feedback.
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January 24

RTM 0.5.1040 Update

Small update:

[+] zoom on building - on/off in game options
[+] credits
[+] version number in menu

[fixed] reports bug
[fixed] bank bug
[fixed] autosave is working now
[fixed] resolution bug
[fixed] events bug

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January 23

Apollo Update is here!

Today, after many months of work, we finally present to you the Apollo Update.

We know that we tried your patience very hard and understand how some of you are very angry at us. We would like to present how we feel about the last few months and hope you will find time to read it.

I allow myself these thoughts because we definitely see the finish line of what we want to achieve in Race To Mars 1.0. I speak about the 1.0 version, because we want to update for a few months after the premiere, adding new elements we invented during development, but were unable to fit due to time constraints.

The main problem with developing Race To Mars was, as is often the case, it's success. Very good Early Access sales directed us on a path a little too difficult for a team with our experience - we decided to create a bigger, better game with better visuals, a new GUI (which you can see in this build). That unfortunately led to situations where we were forced to create a lot of things from scratch, only realizing that this form of work makes it very difficult to regularly update the game as part of Early Access - too much was happening in the code and not enough in working mechanics to have it reasonably updated. It can be seen in many EA projects.

The other reason for the delays were huge changes in the team - two of the programmers who were working on Race To Mars from the beginning decided to focus on personal development and started their PhDs in computer development in a different country. The new team, handling different projects at that time, needed some time to get to know the project and take over its development. It was not without personal problems too, when our main technical designer was struggling with a serious illness and couldn't focus as much on the project. He is now a few days after a kidney transplant and we are all hoping for his swift return to health. His design work is 90% done, so it shouldn't be a source of further delays. Of course, there were also errors in team leadership, which let us learn a lot and help deliver you an even better project.

The third reason for the last delays were problems with Mission Control. It required us to reconsider a few project points and, due to other obligations, work on it had to be handled by a different programmer, who, unfortunately, was not able to finish yet. During that time we added a lot of different things, but we decided we really can't afford to wait anymore to finish this one building.

We are, all of us, gamers on the team and we have always wanted to make games from our love to them, with faith that we'd treat our fans the way we would like to be treated ourselves. We understand we have failed many of you, but we will keep trying even harder to prove to you that it was worth the wait. We will also make sure to make amends also in other ways, but that will have to wait for another time.

Now I invite you to try out the update and write your opinions. The next update should be available in the upcoming weeks and contain things like Mission Control and the Astronaut Complex, with bugfixes and minor improvements included.

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FULL FEATURUES
- Administration
- Research+Development
- Assembly Building
- University
- Inbox
- Time Line Bar
- Save / Load
- National Space and Air Office (old gui)
- End Turn Raport

WORK IN PROGRESS - PRIORITIES
- Mission Control
- Astronaut Complex
- Launch Facilities
- National Space and Air Office

TO DO
- Museum
- Programs
- Tracking Station
- Tutorial

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About This Game

Race To Mars is a turn-based, space company simulation game. Become the head of the newly established “New Space” company whose goal would be to establish a colony on Mars. You begin as a startup - develop cutting edge aerospace technologies and use them to achieve orbit and fly beyond Earth vicinity, blazing the trail of a space pioneer and leaving the competition far behind on your way to victory.

Our game will achieve two goals - promote the outer space industry and satisfy all economy game fans. Race To Mars combines the realism of a spaceport management sim and approachable gameplay - we assure you that both subject aficionados and casual gamers will find this mixture most entertaining. Our priority is to make an approachable game without compromising its key economical and strategical features - says Szymon Janus, the CEO of INTERMARUM.

Since we aim to deliver the best quality, we're developing the game in close cooperation with scientists from a Polish space industry company, Kosmonauta.net; and we're using Unity, the leading multiplatform game engine, thanks to this we'll be able to deliver top quality content.

FEATURES
  • Shape your own path to Mars: satellites or a space station?
  • Discover more than two hundred pioneering technologies
  • Fight for a larger budget for your space program with the help of your fans and media
  • Expand your program: profit from commercial, scientific and military contracts

CURRENT FEATURES
  • Main screen from where you manage your New Space company
  • System of gaining Prestige points, which show how your company evolves and will enable it to develop further
  • Final 3D models of 4 important buildings
  • System of day and night
  • Almost all features in Administration building: manage staff and buildings, use the bank (take loans or deposit money), view reports, answer first questions from the journalists and build your reputation
  • It is possible to build all buildings in the correct order (presented on a tree)
  • Answer first questions from the journalists and build your reputation
  • Choose contracts at National Space and Air Office
  • Build Satellite Program which unlocks development of crucial technologies at Research+Development
  • Develop first technologies (almost 100)
  • Use technologies to produce components
  • Choose components to build your own satellite
  • At the Market buy some of the missing stuff, like a rocket, which will launch your satellite to the orbit
  • Therefore: FIRST SPACE MISSION available
  • Random events affect your company’s evolvement
  • University enables Project Managers to improve their skills
  • Message box informs about concluding projects etc.

The game's current look is far away from the final graphics quality - you have to note that it's still in development and most of the assets and geometry are temporary placeholders.

UPCOMING FEATURES
  • We plan to constantly add new researches at R+D
  • The same goes for new contracts at NSaAO
  • More Programs to start
  • More options at NSaAO, like selling your own services or asking for funding
  • More questions for press conferences
  • More random events
  • Launch Facilities with the possibility to launch your own rockets
  • New GUI, redesigned after a series of tests
  • 3D models for remaining buildings
  • Achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integred
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integred
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card 512MB
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integred
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
"Avoid this game. It is unplayable in its current state, and contrary to recent communication from the developer, no update seems to be forthcoming."

I completely agree with the below comment, this game is terrible at the moment, don't waste your money.

STEAM: PLEASE TAKE THIS GAME DOWN!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Early Access Review
Abandoned game. Website claims that the release date is second quarter of 2014. It is currently first quarter of 2015. They closed their forums. Absolute waste of $20. Last update to the game (which was almost a year ago) broke the game so now I can't even play a limited alpha version. These developers are basically criminals; they took everybody's money and ran.

STEAM: if you are reading this, never let any of these devs back on steam and PLEASE take this game down so no one else wastes their hard earned $20.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
They are continually teasing content for this so-called "big update". How about instead of teasing it, update the ♥♥♥♥ing game already? Never buy ANYTHING from Intermarum. Big bunch of scammers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Early Access Review
Do not give money to this company. They are doing nothing with it. No patches/updates since April 2014. Excuse after excuse and there sporadic community updates doesnt make it any better.

Some of the community update highlights;

"First we would like to apologise for the long lack of information." This one gets reused a lot in different ways of saying it.

"I know many of you are angry at us and you have a full right to be."

And my personal favorite as this was the actual title to the update: "We're still here and we know you have every right to hate us now."


Would you want a game from a company who straight out has to tell you that they are ACTUALLY still working on a game and tell you to hate them for their lack of updates in game or out of game?

I wish I had never bought this game, but it was released around same time I really started getting into Kerbal Space Program (a game i HIGHLY recommend) and I'm a big space nerd and had just finished watching a show on Curiousity. So when I saw this pop up on steam I snapped it up. Worse. Decision. Ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
First off, let me be clear: there is virtually nothing to this game. Beyond the basic buildings that have always been available, the vast majority of mechanics listed in the games description don't exist, with even its most vocal supporters only logging less than 10 hours due to no content. The developers hadn't produced a single update for nearly a year, hinting at some elusive "massive update" that they always claimed was just around the corner. That update has FINALLY come out, and it couldn't be any more clear that this is a scam. What's the big change?... a simple UI overhaul. The campaign is non-existant/unplayable since literally only 3 buildings (of the over dozen that have always claimed to be "around the corner") are in the game. Well, scratch that--2 of the 3 buildings say "Under Development" when you click on them. The 3D world you play within always looked unrefined and sloppy with underaverage visuals, but their one annual update seems to have managed to make it look even more unprofessional. Add on top of all of this that the game STILL contains choppy english, and well...

I wanted to really like this game, and I tried to trust the developers at their word, but this "game" is nothing more than an empty slot on Steam, attempting to take money from people by tricking them into thinking they're buying a game in progress. It's not. DO. NOT. BUY.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Early Access Review
The sad thing here is that I still managed to find about 11 hours of game play out of this alpha. But I have really low standards, this has all the makings of a really fun game. But for some reason the devs just kind of stopped putting out content. I don't really get it...they went through an awful lot of work to get this game to the point it is now. Why not just finish what you started and move on.

If they put out more content I will change this review immediately.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Unfinished, unplayable and abandoned.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
DO NOT buy this trash. Developers have given up on this excuse of a game, early access or not holy ♥♥♥♥.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
Don't buy it...Waste of money and useless videogame's company without any skilled guy who know the word "Computer Programming"....Hope Steam could report them to law cause this is really Fraud and Scam!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
I expected this project to be continually worked on and completed and not just abandoned. An utter rip-off.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
Dont waste your money. Honestly get a few mates togehter put your cash into hiring a freelancer and build it yourself. You would have a better product as im betting thats exactly what these people are doing. getting some other poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to build the game for them, hence why it takes so long for updates and even then they are crap.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
I wish I had the time to list everything that is wrong with this game but Im 43 yrs old and I really dont think I'll live to be 115 so I dont have the time......so in short just dont buy this game the developers (I use that term VERY loosely) have all but abandoned it and are literally only making one time a year pointless updates that do nothing to further this games development
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Early Access Review
A perfect example of why early access has a bad reputation. There have been no updates as of the time of this review for 3 months.

The game in its present state is unplayable.

If you are a fan of this genre, don't buy now, check the game in 6 months time to see if it has developed at all.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Early Access Review
This game seems to have been completely abandoned by its developers, even though they maintain that another patch is coming. It hasn't been updated since April 2014. Time and time again we've been promised a patch at a certain date, only to get an apologetic sob story.

Avoid this game. It is unplayable in its current state, and contrary to recent communication from the developer, no update seems to be forthcoming.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Early Access Review
If these guys are still going I think it might be time to white board this project.
From one Dev to another

1. Run through the bugs and make a list (may need several boards). Forget cosmetic graphics at this time the core programming need the most attention graphics is secondary to all else just look at minecraft and remember they did a lot with 8 and 16 bit graphics, no one builds a AAA game over night

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help the community may have the help you need, some have already paid to support it. But paid or not the community may be willing to lend a hand to make this project succeed just look at Apache or firefox.
Don’t be a rob the builder (can we fix it … no its Fracked) and move on.

3. Project Management. Invest in a bug tracker most are open source (free) milestones help a lot and it shows the progress of development to the community and improves communication between dev and supporter. Forums Help but there not the be-all and end-all

(Optional) lower the price your rep is bad enough and the slow progress ain’t helping the cause

So at this time i would not recommend buying it but this might change in future (if an update is released before christmas)

A few thoughts (mainly to the devs but its general):
The motto I develop by is
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (got that from a religious door knocker but it works)
The big picture looks good but building it, it’s like climbing Everest with your teeth you just freak out and start rocking in a corner saying this is not happening 50 times.
Just take small steps and by the time you realise it your half way there
So frequent small update are better then very long large update as it shows you still care about your project
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Early Access Review
they never released anything and the current version is basically unplayable. nuff said.
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40 of 55 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Early Access Review
It appears they have taken the money and run.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
Early Access Review
DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF BUYING THIS "GAME" ITS JUST A TECH DEMO THATS HAS ONLY HAD ONE SMALL UPDATE. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT IT HAS BEEN ABANDONED BY THE DEVS. NOTHING WORKS. ITS UTTER GARBAGE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Early Access Review
Best AVOID.

We were promised a Patch for this game on October the 9th (few days away), this was made on the Facebook page. Now approaching 1 month after this promise the developers are not even updating the Facebook page. Nothing has been done with the game since 28th April

Game seems to have been abandoned, and i will be approaching Steam to see if they can help with this, i gave the developers until the 14/11 to make their promises good, i will be asking for a refund and removal from Steam on this day.

Edit: 15/11: I Contacted Steam in regards to getting my money back, and having the game removed from Steam. Will update further when more communications received.

Edit: 18/11: Received full refund from Steam, i hope they have spotted the issue with this game and the Developer, and now proactively remove them from Steam.

Edit: 30/11: The developers have made a return, promising the patch which was promised back in August. Though back in August the patch was only a matter of days away. Now it is still 2 weeks or so away. The developers excuse is that 1 of their developers has been ill, which tbh these guys have more than 1 person working at it.

Also Developers are hoping for Gold release of the game Early 2015, yet the game has no actual content, or even textures.....

This set of Developers are taking everyone for a ride, DO NOT SUPPORT THEM!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Early Access Review
Do not buy this game, it's a scam. No updates in months. Complete waste of money. Horrible gameplay, unfinished game.
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