game language: English
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Mars Alive is a survival game for which the main source of inspiration was a film entitled The Martian. The production was developed by the Chinese studio Future Tech, and was created, among other things, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Mars Alive takes place in 2045. As part of the Monolith III project, a group of eighteen people were sent to the Red Planet to join the colonizers present there. When their base was attacked by terrorists, only two people managed to survive. One of them is the main character named John. The protagonist fights for survival, trying to discover the truth about this tragedy and find a way back to Earth.
In Mars Alive the action was shown from the first person perspective (FPP). The production gives us a wide world at our disposal, with day and night cycles and changing weather conditions. The map is mainly driven by a special vehicle called Mars Manned Rover; its secrets can also be learned by using a remote-controlled rover (Mars Exploration Rover), and short distances can also be covered on foot. Although exploration is associated with risk, it is important because the amount of information we collect determines the way in which the plot ends.
One of the main elements of the game is to manage oxygen, food, water and temperature; if any of the associated indicators falls below a critical level, John's life will be endangered. For this reason, we should gradually go deeper and deeper into the Martian wilderness - in the base, or rather what is left of it, because we will find only small amounts of these resources, for example in the form of containers with oxygen or food. In addition, developers have produced an advanced plant cultivation system that needs to be maintained at the right temperature and hydration. This is complemented by the ability to create useful objects with a 3D printer.
Mars Alive requires virtual reality sets to work. In addition, it is worth noting that in order to present life on the Red Planet in the most realistic way possible, the authors of this production visited the Martian Village in China, and in preparing models of the vehicle and rover, they modelled themselves on the designs of their real counterparts.