Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd generation) or later. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Age Rating: 9+
Waking Mars sees you travelling through underground tunnels on the red planet, discovering new forms of alien life. Rather than blasting everything away like traditional alien games, you’re required to create it, finding different seeds and making them interact with the environments around you. But as you alter the ecosystem, different alien plants will prosper, creating hazards for you and your jetpack, turning the game into a delightful puzzler.
Controls are simple and intuitive, while the art design is reminiscent of iconic games like Flashback. The story line is well-paced, and the dialogue is entertaining.
The biggest issue Waking Mars has is that it reaches a point where the challenges suddenly become extremely difficult to complete – there’s no gradual increase in the difficulty level. Still, it’s not enough to detract from the overall experience.