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Waking Mars

1 year ago

Feature: It's well chilled

Have You Played… Waking Mars?

Waking Mars is possibly the most chilled out 2D jetpack game in existence. I came across it during that lazy, turkey-stuffed interim between Christmas and New Year's Eve back in 2013, and I've never felt such inner peace while playing a video game. It's a story of quiet wonder, where the aim isn't to destroy, evade or do battle with hostile, alien creatures, but to…

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7 years ago

Feature: Out Of This World

The Real Science Of Waking Mars

Waking Mars is pretty special game. Part-Metroidvania, part-Mars-gardening-simulator, it's certainly not Just Another iOS Port. As Rab pointed out, it's got enough ambition to make countless triple-A sequels blush, resulting in complexity that punishes impatience, but never without reason. But where did it come from? How on Earth does one dream up Mars gardening? According to Tiger Style's Randy Smith, it all started with National…

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8 years ago

The Wrong Side Of Red: Waking Mars

With Lovecraftian tactics having recently ported from iOS to PC, it'd be great to see more games following the same path. There are plenty of interesting developments in the touchy world of portable gamesquares and one of the most interesting is Waking Mars, an exploration game in which the puzzles are based around manipulating and understanding the interactions between alien flora and fauna. It's quite…

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