Aboard the U.S.S. Armstrong, four crew members must survive a one way mission to Mars. Face procedurally generated outer space crisis using a heavily pixelated terminal green interface.
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Mixed (18 reviews) - 55% of the 18 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2016

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June 23

Mars 2030 1.1e Released

-Three new achievements added!

Screenshot of our next mini-game "Moonbase Down". Planned for the 1.2 release.

If you encounter any problems please let us know in discussions. We try to fix any reported game breaking bugs as quickly as possible. Expect more new features coming to Mars 2030 soon.


Hotfix 1.1f
-Fixed a bug that would auto-quit instead of loading the Hall of Fame.

Update 1.1g
-Adds Navigation points, which boost final score.

Hotfix 1.1h
-Fixed a bug that would cause a restored game to trigger an empty event window, and stall the game.

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About This Game

Greenlight Reactions to Mars 2030

"I want it so badly I think I just ate my hand" -Quattro

"More like Mars 1983. Love this!" -lilmookie

"I need it" -VincatVanGogh


Experience the danger of outer space travel in the advanced spaceship the U.S.S. Armstrong. Equipped with Auto-Nav, Twin Ion Drives, Charged Particle Shields, and Dual Mass Drivers.

Each mission to Mars, the United Space Society selects the four best astronauts available for the task, but you decide the fate of each and every one of them.

Key Features

  • Mile-for-Mile Earth to Mars Simulator
  • Outer Space Hazards: Micro Meteors, Asteroids, Radiation, and more
  • 100’s of possible crew combinations
  • Random Name Generator
  • Terminal Green Interface
  • Simulated Moods & Emotional Stability
  • Detailed Ship Systems, Repairs, and Spacewalking
  • Crew Perks, like Hardware Engineer and Space Medicine
  • Help prepare for the journey using Extra Storage
  • Choose the reactions of your crew to avoid crisis and doom
  • Optional Simulations: Like launch failures
  • Sim Media Room: Starbase Mars now, more mini-games coming soon
  • Unlimited content updates with one-time purchase

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Video Memory or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16-bit or better
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Video Memory or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 25 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16-bit or better
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Mixed (18 reviews)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
TL; DR = A great idea that, given a little more love, could turn out to be an indie classic.

I really enjoy the idea of Mars 2030. I think the most apt comparison I can think of is it's a barebones Oregon Trail....IN SPACE!

What I particularly value about this game is how deliberate everything is. There are few embellishments, no fluff. The mechanics gel neatly with what I've come to understand as the underlying theme and message of the game: that a realistic journey to Mars is a long-haul slog rife with equal parts tedium, uncertainty, and eventually triumph. The whole monochromatic aesthetic and MIDI soundtrack remind me of being an 8 year old playing games on floppy disk on my auntie's PC. It helps that Fallout is probably my favorite series of all time.

In its current state, that's a bit of a double edged sword, however. I personally love games that do things differently. It's why I support Greenlight, Kickstarter, and crowdfunding in the first place. If gaming is to be taken seriously as an artistic medium, developers need to take risks. They need to deviate from the status quo of shooty-bang-bang FPS and iterative Sportsball games.

As it stands, however, I definitely get some of the criticisms of Mars. There's a lot of dead space (PUNS!), a lot of sitting around not doing much. Again, I'm kind of a pretentious a-hole; I get the point and I really dig it. But apart from the occasional decision point about choosing equipment and what to do when Spock gets space-dysentery, the interactive/gameplay aspect isn't really there to hook the average person who wants to just sit and play. I personally just had the game running while doing some work from home or listening to podcasts.

Where I can definitely see some room for improvement is adding mini-games or FTL-esque RPG/choose-your-own-adventure-like mechanics into the mix. I think the devs can definitely add some more "gamey" mechanics without detracting from their intended message of a realistic Martian expedition.

Ultimately, however, I think it would be an awful shame to pass this game up because of its current state. It's reasonably priced, it's experimental, and I have a feeling that the devs are in it for the long haul (their own Martian journey, if you will). I'm proud to have supported these folks and hope that they get the support to do some really cool things in the near future.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Mars 2030

Good Strategy required with resources.
Mini Game to pass the time.
Must keep a constant eye on any damage the ship might sustain.
Dodging incoming objects.

Staring at screen for a long time waiting for something to happen.
If any crew gets irradiated it is Game Over very quickly.
Only one mini game that gets cancelled if an event occurs.
Random crew generation. (Wish you could select your crew or have more crew members).
Landing on the Moon sequence can result in Death for no reason.

Now while it seems there are more cons than pros I do give this game a good chance as it is an interesting idea and if there is a bit more added to it then the game could be amazing. I know from talking to the developer that Sim mode (which is the current game) is still in progress and the Action mode is still being worked on. I'm hanging in there to see what the developer can do. Mars 2030 is defineitely something to keep an eye on
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 25

EDIT: I'm adding to my review to make it slightly more helpful to people who might be interested in purchasing the game, haha.

The game itself certainly FEELS like an Oregon (or Organ) Trail in space. It plays out much the same way, too.

You begin the game by purchasing your starting supplies and very quickly are then on the trail toward Mars!

Much of the game currently consists of flying your ship, which is hurtling through space, dodging meteors and meteorites, solar flares, and other space-centric dangers (much like Oregon Trail's River scene). Every so often, you will be confronted with a situation... One of your people will have some issue or other, or some idea or other and you will be able to select what you want to do about it. The Oregon Trail theme continues. :D

If you loved Oregon Trail (or Organ Trail), then you'll probably love this. The art style is reminiscent of older games and fits right in with the mechanics. And really, it's only $8, so if you end up not liking it, you won't be out much. Give it a go!

Urist McLlurendt
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 21
In its current state, Mars 2030 is a simulation game and not an action game. There are periods that are uneventful, but still, I find myself watching my progress like a hawk...you never know when you will approach an asteroid field, and let's hope you allotted youself enough ammo!

I keep thinking about the game in between play sessions, and I find that I keep coming back to try again and again. I haven't made it to Mars yet, but so far, I find the game compelling and interesting. I would like to have more options during the quiet periods, especially when I pause the game, but I realize Mars 2030 just launched on early access and more features are coming (including what looks like a toggle for "action" and "simulation."

I also really like that the dev has been quick to make updates and bug fixes.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
A difficult and at times hilarious game. The graphical interface is cool and the spaceship feels like it actually works. Parts of the game still feel "Early Access" to me, and sometimes ship damage cannot be fixed, which is harsh.

Overall, Mars 2030 is amusing to play with interesting repair mechanics.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 21
It's lot of work to do but the basic of the Game is there and it is a good challenge to fly to the Mars. There are a lot of things that can happen during the flight. I think it is realistic that some of the Problems can be the end of the game and are unrepairable. For example an Oxygen leak could be the end of the flight.
So i hope that the developer will move on and make it more complex. But time will tell us.
I have also make a video about the game. If you want to take a look then follow the link.

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29 of 48 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This game left me breathless... just like my crew.

I will be honest on this one : i only had the courage to make one game, which was approximatively 1 hour.
One hour viewing at my screen, waiting something that never came, dodging eventual meteor and boosting shield when it became low. I ended up failing at day 230 (75% of travel done !), because my crew couldn't manage to repair an oxygen leak two times, and i didn't have the option to try to repair it again.
So yeah, i spend one hour looking at my beautiful vessel traveling through space with a massive oxygen leak, leaving an interesting trail behind him.

About the game : there is juste nothing to do. After clicking the play button, you get an auto generated crew each with a specific job. But this has no interest : you can't do anything with them, you don't have to manage them or anything else. Sometimes they discover task to do (like, for example, repairing the f****** oxygen leak), which unlock a menu to tell them to do the task. It's one of the very few interaction you will have with them.

In the next step, you must choose what you embark. Not a bad idea, but it didn't had a real impact in the only one game i played. I just took 10 of everything and didn't had any shortage.

Now, you click on continue, you have a nice cutscene showing your rocket launch, and then nothing. You just observe your ship traveling, waiting for some event to occur. During my 60 minutes of gameplay, i encountered the same 6 event again and again, with most of them having no impact on the game. You can view the second video of gameplay, it is exactly what i have done for one hour.

By the way, you better have viewed the "Help" menu before clicking the Play button, or your next step will be hammering your keyboard to find what your possibilities are. I will resume it : go up, go down, K to fire, 1/F1 to launch the minigame (??).
I'm still questionning myself about the presence of the minigame. I suspect the dev had realized the game was quite boring, so he ended up adding a minigame to fill the waiting time between two events.
I didn't played that minigame a lot, i was more concerned about finding a button somewhere to tell my crew to repair the oxygen leak.

I'm a little sad because i can feel that many effort had been put in making this game. The graphics are not bad if you like the retro pixel style, the music/sound a little repetitive but still put you in the atmosphere.
In my opinion, this game is "just" badly designed. It lack of good idea of gameplay.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I think that this game is overall a fun and challenging game. Although at times it can be quite uneventful it is also a fairly new game and from what I have read from the developer in the discussions it seems that there is a lot more to come!
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Worst game I've ever sat thru. Made it all the way to Mars after countless, repititious and unexciting mini-games. The game switched to what I'm guessing is supposed to be a cockpit view. I then watched for 10 minutes as we slowly approached Mars. Mars then disappeared and we were just looking at stars. No available input, no indication of what was happening. Went and had dinner, came back, still looking at stars with no input available.

Fun idea, horrendous implementation. A great example of the need for Steam's refund policy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
I found it really funny and it's so eighties.
Worth a try.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
Mars 2030 is magnificent and formidable! This game captures a sense of reality with a mix of nostalgia for the games I loved playing as a youth. Take a space walk to fix damage to your ship or send your crew members to the media room to cheer them up. Will your ship and the choices you make for your crew endure the trip to Mars? Test your mettle while juggling the trials and tribulations of space travel. All the while defending Earth's space station from an alien invasion wave upon wave. Attention to artistry and dark color scheme gives this game an edge you rarely see in similar games, and is what really gives this game heart. Do you have what it takes to navigate to Mars?
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 15
In Mars 2030 you get to travel through space, manage your supplies, repair your ship, and battle aliens!
This game has an amazing aesthetic that hooks you right away, and the gameplay is varied so whether you're into sims or space battles, Mars 2030 has something for you. From the intro, to the graphics, and the the ever-present sense of humor, you can tell the creator put a lot of love into this game. What's more, the gameplay in Mars 2030 evolves and expands nicely. While at first you may be deciding how much wire is going to get you to mars, before long you'll be setting up your own space base and zapping alien scum to smithereens.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
i, dont, really, understand, the, point, to, this, game
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4.1 hrs
Posted: May 25
This game is terrible. It is so short and there is not really anything to do except play the mini game and clicking a few buttons. I feel like 9.99 for the title is a mssive ripoff. DO NOT BUT THIS GAME.
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Lime Kiwi
7.2 hrs
Posted: May 3
This game is amazing. It has simple but pretty graphics! I lost my favorite character to a launch failure. Her name was Raven Ride.. lol
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6.0 hrs
Posted: April 23
Love this game very origon trail esc is fairly short but with a fun min game to keep you haeving fun during traveling! It doesn't overstay its welcome and higly replayabel making it something you'll want to replay a few times just to push yourself and really explore what the game has to offer. Definitely recommended.
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