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...
User reviews: Mostly Negative (90 reviews)
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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December 15

Satellites.

We increased the number of satellites in the game from 16 up to 47. Up until now, for every construction tech in R+D there was one basic satellite, currently we decided to split them into different types, so with the same number of research you will be able to create a lot more types.

Satellites are the most varied group of equipment since they can take part in missions of basically any kind and they are present in all kinds of contracts - science, military and commercial.

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December 12

Orbital Spaceplanes!

Does X-20 Dyna Solar or Venture Star mean anything to you? Two of these kinds of vehicles will be available in Race To Mars. These are multi-use vehicles built double delta or fuselage style.

They require rockets to launch into space, different from suborbital planes.

They are mainly used in transporting passengers.

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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 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
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Early Access Review
This is not a game, is a bad application. Has a lot of bugs and unstable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
Short Early Access review as of 23/12/2014.

I like the initial feel of the game. Ambient music is awesome. Graphics are good for this genre. Actually, compared to the BASPM, I like the idea of using 3d UI better than 2d. Gives more immersion. The overall idea behind the game is good. One thing that's missing is more frequent updates (even if they were in BETA branch form). Keep up the good work, guys!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
It appears they have taken the money and run.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
they never released anything and the current version is basically unplayable. nuff said.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
I brought this game when it first came out as it did look good but the game play is very poor and you still cant do that much even though the game came out back in March i cant see it every really being anygood
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
I really want this game to succeed. I love the idea, the current level of play is very bare, but I can see where they want to go with it and am very much looking forward to seeing it.

And that's what this is right now. Potential. They have had issues with personnel, and their update timings are atrocious (once every month or two at best). They haven't had a patch in a long while, but they have teased a major update that they haven't been able to bring to fruition yet.

I haven't lost hope in Intermarum or this game yet, but I can't recommend the game as is. If this game is something you think sounds like a good one, put it on your follow or wish list and keep an eye on it, but don't buy it as of yet. Wait until the next update at least. It's a month or two overdue now. Which leads me into my next point...

They seriously need to up their PR game. Weekly updates would be awesome. Even short ones, just a few sentences saying they added new graphics to 2 buildings and tested 3 new contracts. Whatever. Anything to let us know that work is still being done. Something that will keep us even mildly interested. And make the game look less like just another Early Access that went down the drain of development hell.

In the end, like I said, it has potential. It's current state is playable (at least, i've been able to launch satellites, but that's it), but is so very barebones right now. I hope to someday change this to a yes and go get it recommendation, but at this rate, it's going to be a while.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
THIS GAME IS BAD DONT BUY

This game is basically a worse virsion of kerbal space program which you cant make any rockets and you cant go to space
this game has basically taken my money and ran off with it.

Graffics, bad
gameplay,bad
fun, nope

Game has nothing good DONT BUY
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Early Access Review
its early but still their is absolutly nothing to do in the game. please just put some basic thing to do in the game I spent 20 bucks on this and theres nothing really. it is an awesome idea though.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
After playing Kerbal Space Program and Take On Mars, I had high hopes for the development of this game. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this product (you see, I can't even call it a game). It fails on every level. Save your money, and do not buy into this failed product. It should be completely removed from the Steam store, and the developers should be ashamed.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
I will look now for a refund. This is a scam.
Hope someone can ask legal punishment.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
This game sucks. it wont let me get past the FIRST question on the FIRST interview!
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
ill say DONT WASTE U MONEY on this to it be out of "early axsess" and got some rewievs...and meta scores.....
seriusly this "Race to mars" was launched ,,very close to that
"Bohemia" made game"Take on Mars" .....huge..campaign on,,,, first to land on mars
to me this ... be,,,a SCAM..... with a very nice context,,on grafic and consept...
from day one this been mostley bullcrap..... and to those Dev's with high EGO ..i dont trust u.

with Bohemia Interactive we know what we get ..
*World class games(dont evn bather replay on that issue).
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
Biggest dissapointment from all my games bought on steam so far. Basically it reminds me of MS-DOS strategic games, where you had a table with numbers and options and a few buttons. The only difference is nice background picture instead of blue screen in MS-DOS.
DON'T BUY THIS! DON'T SUPPORT THIS.
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141 of 195 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
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.
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