Posts Tagged ‘Take On Mars’

Take On The Martian In Take On Mars

At first glance, Take On Mars [official site] seems like the closest thing we have to a tie-in game for The Martian. You could almost call it Mark Watney Simulator 2015, especially now that manned missions are in the game and let you do things like build Martian bases, grow crops, and drive rugged rovers over the desolate Martian surface. Hell, there’s even a mission where you literally have nothing to do inside your base except grow potatoes. It’s just a fecal-matter montage away from being the first act of The Martian.

But I am no Mark Watney. And the Red Planet is a much harsher, weirder place in Bohemia Interactive’s vision than in Ridley Scott’s. Mark Watney is nearly killed by flying debris during a Martian sandstorm. In Take On Mars, no storm is as terrifying and unpredictable as the physics engine.

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Take On Mars Goes Electric With Power Update

In what can only be described as a Mars-a-thon week, we’ve witnessed not only the release of Ridley Scott’s book-to-film interpretation of The Martian, but also the news that science boffins have discovered evidence of water up there on the Red Planet. On the ball as ever, Arma makers Bohemia Interactive have now added to the Mars Madness by releasing a Power Update to their Early Access-residing space exploration and survival sim Take On Mars [official site].

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Die With Pals: Take On Mars Adds Multiplayer & Survival

Go on, take your hat off. I dare you.

What’s the point of going to Mars if we can’t asphyxiate beneath beige skies? Where’s the triumph if we’re all invincible? If I am not allowed to burst my own head by removing my helmet, I don’t even want to go to Mars. You might as well send a robot instead.

Arma makers Bohemia understand the need for peril, and for people to share that peril with. With the latest Take On Mars update, they’ve added “survival” bits and multiplayer to their Martian roving simulator. Is space-scurvy a thing? I guess we’ll find out.

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Aha: Take On Mars Adds Manned Mission

Bohemia have accomplished what real life scientists and government funding bodies cannot – exploration and colonisation sim Take On Mars now features a manned mission. I hadn’t realised that the previous build of the Early Access version only allowed players to send a probe to the puce planet, but that’s no longer the case.

Today’s update lands the first human marsonauts to Take On Mars. With access to a manned science buggy, featuring an interactive 3D GUI, one of their first objectives will be to explore the huge new Cydonia Mensae location, which spans 8×8 kilometer of Martian terrain. A 3D printer enables marsonauts to construct various parts, which can be put together via the Habitat Construction System to form buildings and installations.

The term ‘marsonauts’ dropped in among the other words makes me instinctively shudder, as if I were looking at a sea of human faces and suddenly spotted a Brundlefly.

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Take On Mars Lands On Steam Early Access

Bohemia’s Mars-exploration sim, Take On Mars, has appeared on Steam’s ‘Early Access’ service – where early-version releases can be purchased and updated as development goes along – for the handsomely Martian sum of £8.99. Bohemia are hoping that a stint on early access will let them iron out bugs via exposure to the unblinking gaze of the internet’s infinite vigilance.

See the trailer below to figure out if you want to explore Mars in a simulation.
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Sate Your Curiosity: A Take On Mars Trailer

Ooh, I want to name him!
Not content with simulating Earth in all its glory, including tiny shadows of flying insects, Czech simulation specialists Bohemia want to take on (aha!*) the red planet. Take On Mars is bonkers in the best possible way, a game where you take your little lander onto the surface of Mars for the purposes of science! The new trailer shows off a tiny bit of how the game will work, with you collecting samples and taking photos of the surface, but I’ve also discovered a long E3 video by Gamespot that you should watch, because by the end of it you’ll have fallen in love with a plucky Mars rover.
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Taaaaake Onnnn Maaars (Take! On! Mars!) Footage

Mars Car! Nooooooooooooooooo

Every time I read the title Take On Mars, I immediately get this song stuck in my head – just with Mars-ified lyrics and imagery. It is magnificent. If you could see inside my brain, you’d immediately call the police but then also be like, “Oh, but that re-imagined ’80s pop song is pretty neat.” As a game, however, Bohemia’s out-of-this-world effort bears only a passing resemblance to A-ha’s iconic tale of love, fiction bleeding into real, and wrench battles. That’s a shame, because I feel like more hyper-accurate Mars exploration simulators could use a touch of sexy, sexy synth, but maybe that’s just me. Judge for yourself by traversing the lonely surface of a video after the break.

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Bohemia Have Decided To Take On Mars

The Czech simulationists are off to the red planet. Their next “Take On” game will be Take On Mars, which puts you in the position of remote Mars explorer-person, “allowing you to control the various, fully simulated mobile Rovers and stationary Landers. With this scientific arsenal at your disposal, you will work your way through the numerous Science Missions in each location, unlocking the secrets of Mars’ distant past.” What? A game developer knows the secrets of Mars’ distant past? What strange conspiracy is this?

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