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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June 20


We proudly present update 19:

- Updated weather system, improved day cycle effects
- Further work on refactoring Mission Control
- More coherent and readable layout for the project groups in the staff management
- Added shortcut for active research, current missions and finance report from main screen
- Added new building models for the Tracking station, Moon program, Tourist agency, Near Earth and Orbit program, Rocket program
- Tweaked notification labels displayed on top of the buildings
- Added couple of missing strings
- Fixed shortcuts panel in buildings
- Improved scrolling of achievements and R&D section
- Added tooltips for the inactive buttons in assembly room and NSaAO
- Other bug fixes and improvements

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May 23

Update #18

We proudly present Update 18

New building models for the "National Space and Air Office", "Mission Control", "Staff Management" and "Research and Development"
- Tweaks and improvements in the Research and Development screen
- Generating contracts in the "National Space and Air Office"
- New placeholder researches, socket components and vehicles.
- Lots of improvements in the back-end of the assembly room, socket components and mission control.
- Work on the backend implementation of the mission control - still WIP. Should be available in the next update.

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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integred
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integred
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card 512MB
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integred
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3
Refund requested because there has been almost no meaningful progress on this product in the last year. You still can't even launch a mission. Gonna be a long time getting to Mars without working launches, but on the othere hand, they are working on adding park benches to the main screen and have implemented better music . . .


There will be a realworld manned landing on Mars before this product is complete.
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65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 7, 2014
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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147 of 204 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 7, 2014
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.
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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 25, 2014
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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60 of 73 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23, 2015
18 months ago I bought it trusting on developers. But now I is clear that is a waste of time being waiting for updates.

If you check the update list in this game you will see nothing just news lke: "we are fixing this, we fixed that' and nothing happens?

From one dev to other: Nothing works, nothing is completed, no evolution in more than 18 months, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED.

Steam should ban companies and developers as you that only take money and do not deliver nothing. Stop to STEAL money from others.

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56 of 68 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12, 2015
This game is terrible.
Nothing can be clicked, all you can do is move to the next month.
When I bought this game originally it had more functionality, now it's completely broken!

Do NOT buy this game. It is a scam.
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 23, 2015
[10/24/15] UPDATE: The original developers of Race To Mars (Intermarum) basically abandoned it, explaining that they simply couldn't handle the work and have been silent ever since. Another company acquired Race To Mars (One More Level) and promised that they'd finish production, update it on a weekly basis, and communicate to players about the state of the game.

Those were lies. They haven't updated the game weekly, nor did they do it for even one month. It has now beens months since the last update, and the developer has gone silent. DO NOT BUY THIS VAPORWARE.

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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45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 21, 2014
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.

Edit, June 2015. A patch was released in the month of March. It added a few non-essential things and broke parts of the game. The game is still unplayable. It is not even remotely finished. Avoid this game.

Edit, May 2016. This game has received several updates as of late. The latest one actually managed to fix Mac support - it hasn't been working on Mac OS X for several months, so I've had the opportunity to check the state of the game for the first time this year. It is still far from a beta. It is hardly even an alpha. At the current pace I would surmise that the game might be in beta state somewhere in the middle of 2017. Avoid until someone actually posts a positive review.
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188 of 291 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 7, 2014
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.

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46 of 59 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 8, 2014
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.
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NO! NO! NO! dont get it! BORED!!!! .... If you want play game based on Mars game? Get yourself game called "Take On Mars" They rule!!! Unless You want space program? Get "Kerbal Space Program" They're funny!!
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