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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...
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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Some news about our progress.

April 15th, 2014

We would like to update you about our progress

Right now 3D artists are working on Launch Facility and Airfield models. Our design team is working on new contracts and missions. Programmers have been working lately on improvements for water and shadows, as well as on features inside programs’ buildings. Our initial concept for new GUI is almost finished. We are also improving News system and adding Spaceplanes technologies.

We hope to release an update and show you some of this new features in a couple of days.

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Race To Mars Update #1.1

April 4th, 2014

We’ve just published on Steam an updated version which fixes the most disturbing bugs. Try it out!

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About the 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

PC 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
118 of 157 people (75%) found this review helpful
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9 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
Race to Mars is a modern take on the early 90s classic Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space with ultimate goal of sending a manned mission to Mars, the goal will be achieved through a variety of paths. The game starts in the year 2013 with the player starting their own aerospace company similar to the real life equivalent SpaceX. The player decides which buildings are constructed and which technology their hired engineers research. The companies progress is tracked through a Prestige point system, prestige is earned through marketing, completing research, successful missions and random events.

Race to Mars is still in alpha development, as of this release (March 7th, 2014), players are able to research from around 50 different technologies however they are currently limited to only the ability to launch satellite missions using rockets purchased from the in-game market. With that said, the game is in constant development, developers have stated that new content will implemented every 2-3 weeks.
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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109 of 153 people (71%) found this review helpful
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1.1 hrs on record
Looks to have potential. But I really can't recommend this to anyone in it's current state. Even trying to work my way to assembling a satellite was painful. Wait for the updates.
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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168 of 260 people (65%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
2.3 hrs on record
Meh. It's not much about space exploration... it's about saying the right things about the environment, and waiting for your engineers to work on things...

The reason that the screen moves... is that because... literally... nothing else does.

Someone wondered if this was at all like Kerbal Space Program (which is amazinglly excellent!)... and no. Not even close.

English is clearly not the first language of the developers... FYI (it detracts from the game).

This *could* become interesting... if the developers work a miracle or two.

I do wish them all the best, and consider my purchase a donation to the cause of a (hopefully) decent space exploration game.

Posted: March 7th, 2014
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70 of 101 people (69%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
2.7 hrs on record
Game is Very Much Alpha.

-Many Buildings have yet to be fully modeled and Textured (Listed on Store Page)
-Many Buildings yet to have functionality.
-Long Term Objectives , Besides Satellites, are not present.
-The UI is clunky in my opinion, But this has already been adressed, But not implemented, by the Developers.

Game has the framework to be amazing, Its clearly visible. Sadly not enough is there for me to list any positives.

You always take a bit of a gamble when buying any Early Access. We all know how Long Minecraft took to become what it is today, But Minecraft has Excellent support. Lets all hope the Developers deliver whats listed on the store page.

Only time will tell.

Sadly Steam doesnt give the Option to be Neutral on a review.

Edit - 3/10/14 -
I managed to launch a satellite into orbit. But in game this isnt explained very well at all, Probably due to the lack of a finsihed tutorial, And I had to look up on the forums to figure out how. The Good thing is the Developers have been pretty active on the forum trying to clear up misunderstandings and help and inform users about whats going on as of now.

Thats about all you can do right now =/ Im still very much neutral about this product.

Edit - 3/20/14 -
The Developer is already talking about the first Major update to be released at the end of this month. Contains many updates and new features. Hope this is a start of a long trend.
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
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2.2 hrs on record
Sadly this game really is early access - so early acces, that it's not in a usable state yet.
This starts at the tutorial: The tutorial ends after explaining the interface - and then leaves you alone to find out what you are supposed to do. Out of all buildings available in the game only two or three are actually usable yet, all others only have a "graphical userinterface not yet implemented"-screen.

The graphics are okay, just be aware that you'll never get to see something that isn't shown on the screenshots already: When you click the "End Turn" button in the upper right corner a night-day-cycle animation is played, and you'll see this animation quite often.

About the game itself: I have no idea. It sounds promising, but the lack of tutorial definitely keeps you from actually playing (unless you like to figure out which technologies in a tech-tree you need to explore to get an actual result).
Absolutely nothing in the menus has a comment on what it influences, some menus aren't even translated yet, and the few things that already work don't really do anything - e.g. Prestige-points: You can hold press-conferences, which increase or decrease your prestige in four different fields, depending on your answers to the reporters questions.
But that's it - four numbers go up or down, and you have absolutely no idea what the point is. I guess it has something to do with your contracts and how much you earn from them, but for like everything else I'm left guessing.

At the end of the day it's simply far too early for this game to exist on steam: Most other Early Access-Games are playable with not all content yet implemented, and a lot of bugs - this game doesn't seem to have lots of bugs, simply because nothing exists that could be bugged yet.

Conclusion: I'm looking forward to the game, since the idea really looks promising, but I can't recommend buying this game YET. My recommendation: check again in two or three months, because at the moment you'll be heavily disappointed by spending 18,99€ (or the equivalent amount in your countries currency) on this game.

I'll keep an eye on the game and check out if the updates improve it and will update my review.
Posted: March 8th, 2014
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