Game I Played: Waking Mars

Waking Mars

This weekend I have mostly been playing Waking Mars the game on my Tablet. And I even finished it. I’ve been hooked on it but not too much.

BRING A SLEEPING PLANET BACK TO LIFE

        WAKING MARS is a one-of-a-kind adventure in which you jetpack through        subterranean Mars encountering a host of extraordinary alien lifeforms        that operate as a living, breathing ecosystem.  Learn and master the        behaviors of these creatures to create ecosystems of your own design        if you are to survive and discover the secrets of Mars’ past.

        UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT MARS

In 2097, life is discovered on Mars.  When your mission of first        contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien        ecosystem to survive.  Soon you stumble upon more than anyone        expected, and with time running out, you will make a decision that        determines the fate of a lost planet.

So that’s what the blurb from the website says. You are a gardener of alien plants and you go about collecting and planting seeds. I found it good fun, different and challenging. It even has some humour.

I played the android version and it was generally responsive but it did crash quite regularly and had some sound glitches as well. Could have done with more bug fixing.

Gameplay wise, much of the time you are making your guy hover while you plant seeds in tricky locations or zooming past hazards. There is a kind of shooting but not much and it is generally quite different to your average shooting game. Which makes it much cooler! Your jetpack has no hover ability so you have to constantly maneuver. The difficulty gradually builds up and it’s occasionally frustrating but not too much. I did look at walkthroughs on two occasions to get on.

The whole idea based around what if dormant life was found on Mars is really clever and the game as a whole is well put together. The voice acting is good as well I thought. All together it tells a good story of a mars expedition of the future. I liked it a lot.

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