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 (19 reviews) - 57% of the 19 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.

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GM-X

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

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April 15

Mars 2030 1.1 Released - Crew Status & Ship Map



We are excited to release Mars 2030 1.1 with new content, fixes, and adjustments that make the trip to Mars even more memorable. The following features were added or fixed in version 1.1:

-Achievements added.
-Ship Map added.
-Crew location indicators added.
-Crew Status browser added.
-Less thrust ("W" key) required to safely land on Mars.
-Quick Extra items button added.
-Crew Interactions added and diversified.
-Crew Mood more accurately reflected and accounted.
-Starbase Mars Railgun Drone controls no longer floaty.
-Starbase Mars Railgun Drone plasma torpedo added. Wave 4 and up.
-Railgun Drone graphic updated.
-Arrow cursor added.
-Help screen expanded.
-Close button added to Ship Status window.
-Slightly increased the recharge time of Overclock shields.
-Fixed music overlapping in the last half of the trip.
-Fixed a bug that sometimes caused irradiated crew to become immortal.

Hot Fix 1.1a
-Fixed music overlapping at the 12% marker.
-Fixed a bug that could cause the demise of a crew member due to radiation to irradiate (or zombify) additional crew.

Hot Fix 1.1b
-Fixed a bug that prevented power core viruses from correctly triggering a blinking alert light.

Hot Fix 1.1c
-Fixed a bug that could cause dead crew to come back to life irradiated.
-Fixed a display bug that caused certain irradiated crew to vanish from the ship map.
-Pressing "Esc" on the logo screen now skips right to the main menu.
-Loss of Oxygen or Coolant now causes a loss to morale.
-Reduced the chance of perma-failed Oxygen and Coolant System repairs by 50%.

Hot Fix 1.1d
-Fixed a bug where a badly damaged hull (and or a Navigation Virus) could cause the ship to become lost in space on orbit, instead of correctly ending the game.



This is the best build of Mars 2030 yet, but please report any bugs in comments or discussions. We will hot fix them asap. More achievements and content is still coming to Mars 2030. Relationships, new media, and experiments are next on the radar.

GM-X

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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

Description


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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Mixed (19 reviews)
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player_867
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
i, dont, really, understand, the, point, to, this, game
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TheFatMaltese
7.0 hrs
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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Jon Skeet
2.9 hrs
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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Shaitan
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
7.0 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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marblar1337
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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Time Warden
7.9 hrs
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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riggingchimp
1.4 hrs
Posted: April 19
I wanted to like this game, I really did but there just isn't enough to do.
It's also full of what are to be frank, ♥♥♥♥ moves.
Besides dealing with the occasional choice and dodging some things, the only thing to do is play a basic shooter game.
Unless of course, the ship gets a virus and your auto nav goes down which only does one thing, stops you playing the side game.
Which is just a total ♥♥♥♥ move.
The game is also quite buggy, twice the ship had a virus that did nothing to it.
A crew memeber died without me noticing, then mysteriously came back to life again later on.
They also don't respond quickly enough to problems.
A virus had knocked out my mass drivers, from the half way point to beyond the two thirds points, when with Mars in sight of course I got killed by a metor storm.
Why had they not given me the choice to fix it I have no idea.
Plus the total lack of control tutorial is just lazy and half arsed.
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Witch Bae
8.9 hrs
Posted: April 11
Mars 2030

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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EpicGamers2004
1.9 hrs
Posted: March 28
Plays for 2 hours.gets to mars.landing pod randomly topples over.mission failed. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Mars 2030

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 25
Oregon Trail... IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!

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


Review:
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

Recommendation:
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 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3fLvODHuWg

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 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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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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 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 22 people (64%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I wanted to like this game, I really did but there just isn't enough to do.
It's also full of what are to be frank, ♥♥♥♥ moves.
Besides dealing with the occasional choice and dodging some things, the only thing to do is play a basic shooter game.
Unless of course, the ship gets a virus and your auto nav goes down which only does one thing, stops you playing the side game.
Which is just a total ♥♥♥♥ move.
The game is also quite buggy, twice the ship had a virus that did nothing to it.
A crew memeber died without me noticing, then mysteriously came back to life again later on.
They also don't respond quickly enough to problems.
A virus had knocked out my mass drivers, from the half way point to beyond the two thirds points, when with Mars in sight of course I got killed by a metor storm.
Why had they not given me the choice to fix it I have no idea.
Plus the total lack of control tutorial is just lazy and half arsed.
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