Build your defense base to fight back the undead hordes of Mars and secure the future of the red planet. MarZ Rising is a game of strategy and tactical defense where you must carefully manage your crew and resources as you try to uncover the terrible secrets of the undead.
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Very Positive (61) - 81% of the 61 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 26, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We use Steam Early Access to get feedback from the community and give MarZ Rising its final touches.
MarZ Rising is developed by a team of two. Since December 2014, we have been working on creating challenging gameplay, developing new game mechanics, producing high-quality graphics and writing a thrilling campaign. MarZ Rising has now reached a level of development where it can grow and evolve from all the great feedback we get. We want to know if you like the game and to hear all your ideas, criticism and wishes.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We still have a lot in the pipeline, but we are confident we'll be able to release a thrilling and challenging tactical base defense game in early 2019.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We're using the Early Access period to update the game with loads of new content, bug fixes and stability improvements. The full version will include a 20 mission campaign, a skirmish mode and a level editor.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In terms of major content, we're getting very close to the full package now. Since the Early Access Release, we have expanded the single-player campaign from 13 to 20 missions. The story campaign is thus completed and can already be played through. In addition, depending on the progress 2 alternative endings can be unlocked.
With the last update, the long-awaited skirmish mode is now available. We've developed this new mode based on feedback from the community.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will be increased upon release from early access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Early Access gives us the chance to involve a large group of players in the development of MarZ Rising. Your feedback helps us to understand what works and what can be improved. With F1 you can send us in-game bug reports via our bug report system.
To gather and discuss your feedback, we use the Steam Community Forum. At the same time, we post our news via our social media channels:

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February 15

Development News 15022019

Hello dear community, we have news from the development front to share with you. Today we’d like to introduce you to a whole new game mode coming with the full release: OUTBREAK

New game mode: Outbreak
The outbreak mode is a completely new game mode within skirmish mode. In this mode, the zombies do not approach in waves, but gather to an immense horde to storm the base all at once!

To prepare for this dangerous crowd the mission starts with an extended planning phase that will allow you to build your base, gather resources, explore towers, and so forth. When the time is up, the second defense phase starts. Then it shows if the planning turns out to be good and the base resists the hordes of wild beasts. This new challenging mode will be especially fun for those who prefer to have a more relaxing build phase at the beginning before all hell let loose.


Since the base really has to endure a lot in outbreak mode, you can build barricades to improve the defense. They can be used to fortify your towers and buildings or just to slow down enemies. Enemies will of course try to destroy them should they get in their way.

And since we are already there, Skirmish mode will get a nice overwork. After reworking our balancing and UI/UX, setting up procedurally generated waves will be even more fun.

Upcoming price increase
As we’re nearing our full release we will be increasing the price of our game to 19.99 € / 21.99 $ to reflect the extra time and effort we have put into the game since the beginning of Early access. We wanted to welcome new players with a 10% launch discount, and because of Steam’s rules about pricing we need to change the price ahead of launch day to do this. Therefore, the price increase will take place on the 4th of March while we’re still in Early Access. So if you want to get a great deal you now have the chance to do so and buy the game before the 4th of March!

There’s currently a lot going on regarding development and we can’t wait to share all the new stuff with you. We’re also very thankful for our community which contributed some awesome ideas to the game. Stay tuned for more exciting news from the development front and as always share the news, tell your friends – any support is very much appreciated! If you want to stay updated about further development of the game you can also follow us on our social media channels here:

Marc: Twitter
Miriam: Twitter
Discord: Discord
MarZ Rising: Twitter
MarZ Rising: Facebook
MarZ Rising: Instagram

Thank you and have fun playing!
Miriam & Marc
Over and out!
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February 1

Development News 01022019

Hello dear community! As promised we’re now starting the news series from the development front. As we’re heading towards the full release we plan to add plenty of new exciting features you can already look forward to. We are currently working full throttle rebalancing things due to new features. This post is all about one of the big upcoming new features: tower specializations. With these new bonus upgrades, the towers will be given a S.U.P.E.R.B.O.O.S.T. \o/

Tower Specializations
Thanks to new tower specializations each tower will get another 2 expansion stages, which can be unlocked after tier-3. This way all towers receive a unique bonus feature and the possibility of being equipped with an automatic repair drone. But this comes of course with a cost. The specialization upgrades can only be unlocked by building an additional uplink building – a new building, which of course cost resources, uses one energy hub slot and requires a crew member to work.

Tower specializations are definitely adding a new layer of depth and will significantly change things from a gameplay perspective, especially in the later stages of missions. Let’s have a closer look at each of them:


The special upgrade of the machine gun tower adds a very strong minigun with a super high fire rate to it. It’s great fun blasting all those zombies away!


The rocket tower gets a nice long-range mortar installed. While being quite slow, it is very effective against larger groups further away.


The prism upgrade causes the laser tower’s beam to split into multiple smaller beams which allows it to target multiple zombies at once.


With this nice new feature a tesla tower can teleport zombies a few meters back from their current position. This buys more time and makes the tesla tower even more effective, especially in combination with other towers.


The special upgrade for the drones tower adds mines around the tower. These mines are quite harmful and are automatically re-spawned after detonation. Nice!


In addition to the tower specializations we’re also implementing repair-drones. The repair-drone can be built for each tower and automatically repairs a damaged tower, even while being attacked and without exposing its function.


And last but not least the new uplink building which needs to be built in order to unlock all those new special upgrades, including the repair-drone.


Additionally we’re happy to announce that we’ve localized all text and the game will support 8 different languages at full release, which are English, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Simplified Chinese.

So heartfelt thanks to our localization partners Level Up Translation & Riotloc Studio who both did an awesome job and helped to provide an authentic version for all languages.

That’s all for today. We hope you like what you have seen! Stay tuned for more exciting news from the development front and as always share the news, tell your friends – any support is very much appreciated!

If you want to stay updated about further development of the game you can also follow us on our social media channels here:

Marc: Twitter
Miriam: Twitter
Discord: Discord
MarZ Rising: Twitter
MarZ Rising: Facebook
MarZ Rising: Instagram

Thank you and have fun playing!
Miriam & Marc
Over and out!
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About This Game

Defend Your Base

Your top priority when arriving at the frontier is to secure all fronts as quickly and effectively as possible. The crew is awaiting your orders, use them to fight single attackers or to man your towers and buildings. The enemy will attack from all sides, your tactical skill will decide the outcome.

Research, Upgrade, Survive

Construct a power grid and manage your resources to build a strong defense. A host of weapons and various perks are at your disposal, which can change the face of the battlefield. Using the tech center and arms factory you’ll research new kinds of turrets and, if you survive long enough, super weapons.

Discover the Truth

It’s 2065 and humanity is preparing for the colonization of Mars. No one considered they might not be alone. As the first arrivals break ground on the red planet, the terrible truth emerges - a horde of undead cosmonauts already calls it home. Your mission is to uncover the hidden history of Mars, solve the mystery of the undead and lead humanity to a new future.

New Horizons Await

MarZ Rising isn’t over when you reach the end of the story. Experience all campaign maps in Skirmish Mode where your tactics will be pushed to the limit. Upon full release a level editor will be available for those who want to create and share their own hellish frontiers.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Additional Notes: MarZ Rising is still in development and system requirements may change.

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