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 (129 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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March 2

New Update - Contracts & Dotations

In today's update we want to show you two new features - contracts and grants. These are ways to get funding in game and are key for the game's mechanics. It is another step towards integrating the game into a final product - there will be a lot more contracts than available now, so there will be a lot of choices.

Currently due to the Project Manager implementation being incomplete, we suggest you prices worth offering for contracts - in the future it will be dependant on a PM's skill.

We hope that with every new update you will be able to glimpse the vision of what we intend Race To Mars to be and that the game will give you even more fun.

CHANGELOG
added:
- National Space and Air Office
- new Inbox Messages
- Contracts
- Funding System
- New tooltips

fixes:
- GUI-scaling
- R+D issue with popup window
- univerisity gui
- buildings
- popup positioning
- scrollbar in Assembly Building
- companies bug
- R+D bugs

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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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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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
Well there are a vast number of bugs unaddressed, no frequent updates to content... Another Green light project that just took my money and hasn't done anything with it... I wish this game would be finsihed but as it sit's now I've got a ton of UI problems that keep me from even trying to play the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
Race to Mars is a game focussed on strategy and management which is being developed by a company who has no clue what management actually does.

Network administrators who have no clue how to run a basic mysqli server as there own forum (http://intermarum.com/forum) is down for months right now due to either a botched server or a simple configuration error.

No money for marketing or PR as there is almost zero moderation or communication by any representative here on the steam discussions forum. Even worse in the past a representative that actually told customers to use there social media to contact them as they have no time to check there own forum.

A mismatch in patch/update information resulting in a changelog that is now missing 1 year of actual information. Yes this information is partially provided in the news section but who came up with the bright idea to forget to update there own made forum post regarding changelogs.

Net up a (lead) designer who due to pregnancy is not able to perform the tasks in a timely fashion or at all. No blame to the designer here and I wish her all the best. But how can someone in project lead/management forget to hire a back-up developer as maternity leave is not something that happens overnight.


How a company operates often dictates how well the project will be as it stands this game has no change of nearing completion. There is a clear lack of knowledge teamwork, motivation, resources and possible funding. With a ratio of 75% -+ negative customer feedback even if some or all of the problems would be fixed it would take a long time for the game to receive noteworthy attention or generate revenue for the company.

Who should buy this game
People who are willing to gamble there money against very low odds.
People who feel connected to project vision.

Who should not buy this game
People who like to play a game.
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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
Everyone go back to KSP. Nothing to see here. Unless you like to be teased by content just to have it not delivered for months. I know, I know, this is a game in Alpha, Early Access, blah blah blah, but sadly for all the features this game does have it simply lacks any real gameplay. You will spend hours researching and working the banking system to give you more money to play with to do.....nothing. That's right nothing! No launches are possible, no planes fly, not even as much as a popup saying 'Hey you launched a satilite, good for you'. I usually don't spend time writing reviews, too many games to play and so little time, however I will not say do not get the game only to be warned that this game has had some rocky beginnings and at this time is falling short of community expectations. I have had this game since its release on EA in March 2014 and at this time have only been able to justify 6.2 hours of game time. This is sad because I have several titles that are in fact EA games as well with no less than 100hrs after a year. So please, if you like the idea that this game brings, please wait give it another year and let's see how it turns out.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Early Access Review
If you want to buy a space management game at this current time, then I recommend that you buy "Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager" instead.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Early Access Review
This is not a game, is a bad application. Has a lot of bugs and unstable.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Early Access Review
Steam should evaluate games before allowing their customers to purchase. There is nothing to do in this game. I doubt the game will ever finish and the lack of communication indicates their lack of resources.

With an overwhelming negative review, it seems unlikely they care.

Steam provided the mechanism and opportunity for this company to get "paid" for their incomplete and utterly hopeless project.

Not only is this game useless, it is a poor reflection on steam.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Early Access Review
after the first hour i must say im dissapointed, the interface is very clunky (no closing windows on esc, restricted window scrolling no mousewheel), its absolutely Horrible with no option to turn down music/audio. I see alot of potential here but as off right now it is Far FAR from worth its price, around 20 euro is just so far overshot for what this actually is, half the price and it would be a bargain.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Unfinished, unplayable and abandoned.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
For now this game is just awful. You cant make money! so this game isnt even playable, as it stands you spend the money than game over. I played 12 hours and all I felt was frustration. I hope they fix it, it has potencial.
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Early Access Review
Cool idea, but it is unfinished abandonware. Don't buy it.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Early Access Review
Short Early Access review as of 25/13/2015.

4 months after my initial review, I am writing it all from scratch.

Spent a few hours playing Race to Mars today. I see many improvements. Managed to assemble an unmanned rover and a small liquid rocket. Did not make it in time to fulfill the contract that I got via funding grant though.

The UI still needs optimization, especially in regards of opening and closing windows/tabs. However, it is mostly fine, actually. I have reflected my recommendations here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/257930/discussions/0/618457398957456040/

Given a current state of the development, bugs were expected, and they are there. Not all the features are implemented yet, and I wasn't even able to launch my moon rover. Nevertheless, I kinda liked the process of researching and constructing it.

You get LOTS of options as to what to do in this game, and how you do it. The variety at this point have actually impressed me. You can either buy equipment/components, or research and build them yourself. There are contracts, grants, and loans. Unmanned programs, manned ones, satellites, landers, impactors, orbiters, rovers, it's all there, even though not entirely finished.

Rocket and payload construction/configuration seems promising. You select the equipment which changes the stats, including payload weight/mass to LEO/GEO/Moon/Mars. Some calculations seem to be bugged at the moment, though. But you get the idea that you can persue certain weight limits with payloads and make rockets for different purposes, finetuning their efficiency/cost via components and number of engines/control mechanisms for each stage (!) etc.

I like such variety.

As I wrote previously, the game itself feels pretty atmospheric, due to cool ambient music and good visuals. Have yet to see how rocket launching works though, and how missions in progress work.

Be warned though, this game is indeed early in development (thus Early Access), and I personally can't call it fully playable now. I did play for a few hours, but there's not as much to go with as it is intended by developers (though their intentions can be seen). A lot of things are under construction and not working.

I hope developers will finish this game, and it'll be in good shape. Keep it up!
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Early Access Review
Not ready. If you want a finished product - don't buy it yet. But I trust these people and like where this is going.
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