RED ROVER is a Mars driving simulator that uses NASA HiRISE satellite data and imagery to replicate a traversable terrain on the PC for you to drive around and explore!
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Jun 18, 2018

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July 1

Red Rover has been updated

Build 180701 includes the following changes/features:

- control scheme has been updated to be more game-style intuitive. Both driving and flight controls are now on the left control stick (on both the gamepad and the Touch controllers)

- orbit controls are now on the right control stick (both gamepad and Touch controllers). This allows vertical control of the external camera as well, and provides new angles of viewing on the terrain

- Left stick button (L3) now toggles external/internal camera and right stick button (R3) resets the orbit view

- improved braking mechanism to allow for more precise start and stop

- updates to the holodeck tutorial to incorporate these changes

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About This Game

MARS, IRL! (sort of)

When I was a kid, there was an unspoken assumption that when I grew up we would be living in space, working on the moon, and exploring Mars, etcetera etcetera..

Well, I grew up. Worked on some pretty cool feature film and game projects, but the space exploration part never quite took off.. So I figured it was time to create my own 'space program'.

Red Rover takes satellite and terrain data from NASA's HiRISE Mars orbiter and incorporates it into a driving simulator. I'm taking my decades of movie magic experience and putting it towards making something that lets me virtually experience the real planet Mars (subject to current technological and VR limitations, of course)

Red Rover started as a personal research project a few years ago - because I wanted to explore Mars. I'm now making this available on Steam so that like-minded explorers can get to explore Mars as well! No missions to do, no highscores to beat, just nine curated Mars datasets - roughly about 5km x 5km in size each - for you to explore. I hope to add more maps as time permits and new satellite data is released!

Red Rover supports Oculus Rift VR, but will also run in non-VR mode.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Core I7, 2.8 GHZ or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1060 or equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Core I7, 2.8 GHZ or better
    • Memory: 16 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1070/1080 or equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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