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.
Anyone up for a game of space plant basketball?
Waking Mars is a sidescrolling exploration puzzle game in which you navigate caverns and plant life to open up paths. It centers around the idea of research, with each discovery adding new logs to your data.
You are placed on Mars to recover OCTO, a reconnaissance rover after it ceases transmissions. As you explore, you learn more about the ecosystem of this Martian world. While you travel, you communicate with an AI known as ART, who is very silly. The story is actually well written and really drags you in.
I honestly didn’t encounter any game breaking bugs. There were a few times where I would get stuck on an edge, but all that was required was “wiggling” the keys to free yourself. It didn’t affect the gameplay that much.
Overall, I give Waking Mars a half of a grilled cheese rating. It was fantastically done, with a great story and fitting atmosphere, but the soundtrack wasn’t always fitting. I found myself muting the soundtrack just so I feel like I’m actually there without music trying to set the mood. There was even a part of the game that, when I first played it, scared me. I recommend this game to everyone who enjoys exploration and puzzle solving.
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