The Martian Frontier

I have been asked to make a game about Mars for the upcoming live event: “Patriots Solar Systems Competition”. Eight teams will play the game on big-screen TVs as part of a competition that will send a group of middle-school kids to space camp for a week!

Needless to say I was pretty excited about doing this. I spent the first few days just researching the current technology and thinking related to Mars. I decided on a cooperative real-time strategy game where players have to maintain a colony of four astronauts on the red planet.

Gameplay involves moving your people around, planting and harvesting food, keeping the machines in good working order, performing science experiments (for bonus points!), and making sure that your colonists get enough food, sleep, and exercise.

Here’s what it looks like after two weeks of development:

This week I’m working on visual and sound effects, so you can expect the next video to showcase some major improvements.

Here are some of the articles I read while researching:

NASA’s Journey To Mars

Mars One

Effects of low gravity on the human body

Many NASA Mars Links

Martian Solar Power

So what else is happening?

Ibology has an official news letter. You can check it out here.

Approaching Infinity 1.3 has been released, and you can get the free update on the right side of this page.

The XenoBloom winter update is lots of fun, but there is an even more exciting update coming soon.

More Later!

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