The Outer Space Industry: Race To Mars

By Jim Rossignol on July 1st, 2013 at 2:00 pm.


Ladies and gentlemen of manners don’t race anywhere. We take our time. However, if one were to race anywhere, then Mars would be a splendid destination. Race To Mars, then, gets our tentative nod of approval. Developers Intermarum explain that it is “a turn-based, realistic space company tycoon game,” which sounds rather handsome. Furthermore: “Our game aims at achieving two goals: promoting the outer space industry and satisfying all fans of economy games.”

Quite commendable! But can it make it through the Kickstarter? More details below.

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  1. distantlurker says:

    Judging by the vids, it already handles traffic better than Sim City :P

  1. almostDead says:

    NEW RULE: all ‘top comments’ must be the beginnings of a pun thread. Commence.

  2. Solidstate89 says:

    it is “a turn-based, realistic space company tycoon game,”

    You had me at tycoon game. Gimme gimme gimme.

  3. Malcolm says:

    I like the sound of this, but I seeing as my Kickstarter queue is backed up with 5 unreleased projects I think I’ll have to pass.

    • colw00t says:

      Only five?

      • Malcolm says:

        Yeah, I know – it would be more but for the financial pressures of recent parenthood.

        • colw00t says:

          Ah! So you invested in a kickstarter that could, if all goes well, fund your retirement. That’s a good one!

          • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

            Sadly the “Parenthood” Kickstarter sends you something that can only be described as a “pre-alpha” product. It doesn’t even have basic features we’ve come to expect, such as peer-to-peer voice communications and real-time movement.

          • Koozer says:

            It’s downright shoddy really. Terrible animations, horrible proportions, and keeps hiccuping and interrupting itself.

          • MacTheGeek says:

            Not to mention the fact that it crashes repeatedly, especially if you leave it at the top of the stairs.

            It will be an unreliable crap-filled mess for the first couple years. Further development should permit increased mobility and eventually a voice interface; but the costs are never-ending. Most models, within five years of launch, finally reach a point where basic instruction and learning can commence.

            (Oh, and congrats. My own personal edition is scheduled to launch at the end of the year.)

  4. distantlurker says:

    Judging by the vids, it already handles traffic better than Sim City :P

  5. nimzy says:

    So we’ll be getting this and the Buzz Aldrin remake, plus Take On Mars. The Curiosity landing really impacted game devs.

  6. staberas says:

    Let me see hmmm
    From the archives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIJ8E4o-2Ow

    “Sim Mars” unreleased game from Maxis

    Wonder why that happened … i have the same feeling for this game

  7. battles_atlas says:

    “- expanded technology tree;”

    SOLD

  8. SuicideKing says:

    How are these top comments even selected? most commented, most voted, what?

  9. Iskariot says:

    Looks very interesting to me.

  10. realitysconcierge says:

    This reminds me of 90s games for some reason, but I don’t know why.

  11. Fireflower says:

    Sounds and looks like a cool game.

  12. Hunchback says:

    Have the gaming gods finally heard me and are sending us sim games at last? Lately i have been starved from proper sims/tycoons… lately being the last, what, 5-10 years? The only exception being Tropico, which actually is really awesome, basically everything else that’s been released in my most favourite genre is more or less… well, shit.

    Hell, in the epic lag of fresh sims/tycoons i even gave Football Manager a try, considering all i know about football is that there is a ball and feet involved.

    I guess what i am trying to say is that i am very happy to hear that there’s more such games on the horizon, such as Folk Tale, or maybe even Space Citizen and the new X (even tho they aren’t REALLY sims, they’ll still scratch the itch i guess).

    Speaking of sims/tycoons, can anyone suggest anything decent to play in the mean time, that i might have accidentally missed? Or i should i go back to replaying my Theme Hospital saves again… *sigh* Why did Bullfrog disband? And how old am i o.O ?

    • PoLLeNSKi says:

      My go to tycoon game is almost always Railroad Tycoon 3, but then I was a huge Transport Tycoon fan back in the 90s.

      In the last year or so I saw a mention of Startopia somewhere on RPS and had a fun few days dabbling with that but I always feel that the Tycoon games where you’re essentially base building get shallow for me a short time after I’ve played the storyline and unlocked all the technologies etc

      I had a peek at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tycoon_games to refresh my memory, whether or not Eve online should be listed as tycoon game or not idk though, maybe a small fraction of the userbase actually are Tycoons in there, everyone else is just a janitor picking up kiddy puke.

      Other than Eve on the list (which I wouldn’t check out unless unemployed and single or working an unsupervised job with permanent access to a PC), personally I’d recommend Prison Architect, OpenTTD (open source version of Transport Tycoon) and the Anno series – although Anno is more XXXX rather than tycoon imho…if I recommend THAT then I’d have to also recommend Settlers 2…

  13. buzzmong says:

    Hmm, looks like this might be in the vein of http://www.raceintospace.org/.

    Which is a good thing.

  14. AlienMind says:

    How can I turn off “top comments”?

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