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Waking Mars review

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greigaitken 18th January 2013, 09:42 Quote
this is exactly the same as kentuky route zero but it costs £2 more - what a rip!
law99 18th January 2013, 09:53 Quote
Is it though? Is it "exactly the same" ???

From trailers they don't look the same to me.
Gareth Halfacree 18th January 2013, 09:55 Quote
I picked up Waking Mars for Android as part of the last Humble Android Bundle. Lovely game, but now I can't load it without it instantly crashing. Might try the desktop Linux port instead - although I'm not sure how much fun it'll be without touch-screen controls.
scott_chegg 18th January 2013, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I picked up Waking Mars for Android as part of the last Humble Android Bundle. Lovely game, but now I can't load it without it instantly crashing. Might try the desktop Linux port instead - although I'm not sure how much fun it'll be without touch-screen controls.

If you sign into your Humble Bundle account you should have access to the windows install files for Waking Mars as it was released on windows after Android. Great game!
Gareth Halfacree 18th January 2013, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by scott_chegg
If you sign into your Humble Bundle account you should have access to the windows install files for Waking Mars as it was released on windows after Android. Great game!
That'd be great, if any of my computers had Windows installed...
scott_chegg 18th January 2013, 11:44 Quote
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That'd be great, if any of my computers had Windows installed...

Ahhh. So your a true Linux warrior then.

Just had a look at my Humble Bundle download page for Linux and Waking Mars is there.
Parge 18th January 2013, 12:22 Quote
95% - God no. I gave this a shot and was thoroughly bored after about 30 minutes.

You've gone too far with the hipster journalism this time Joe.
phuzz 18th January 2013, 12:52 Quote
I played it on PC and thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm not even sure how it would work with touch controls. A beautiful, calm, quiet game.
Also, jetpacks. All games are better with jetpacks, and this one is particularly good.

Mind you, if the sort of games you like are Call of Black Honour 7&1/2 this probably isn't from you. Nothing gets shot, although a few things get eaten.
bigc90210 18th January 2013, 14:21 Quote
some seriously high ratings on games lately, i remember the days of 95%'s being nigh on a once-in-a-blue-moon occurance
scott_chegg 18th January 2013, 14:41 Quote
It's a bit more difficult on Android to do precision seed throwing while in flight. Still a cracking little time waster on PC and Android.
Gareth Halfacree 18th January 2013, 15:34 Quote
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Ahhh. So your a true Linux warrior then.
For my sins. The wife's laptop still has a Vista partition on it - I remember, 'cos I couldn't get Linux to play nicely with formatting a FAT floppy using a USB floppy drive, so had to use Vista on that to get network drivers onto my 286. That was the first time Windows had been booted in a few years, though.

Unless you count the Xbox 360's operating system as 'Windows,' in which case it's a rather more regular occurance!
pbryanw 18th January 2013, 20:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigc90210
some seriously high ratings on games lately, i remember the days of 95%'s being nigh on a once-in-a-blue-moon occurance
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I'd think that Joe was deliberately giving out high scores to get people to play indie gems like this they might otherwise not take a second-look at (but I'm not so I won't :) )
Guinevere 19th January 2013, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
this is exactly the same as kentuky route zero but it costs £2 more - what a rip!

So KRZ has exploration, jetpacks, martian gardening and an over-keen robot too? Or do they both just have a similar art style?

If that's the case then I submit "Another Worlds" from 1991 as evidence that nothing is truly original when it comes to video game art style.

http://www.youngmanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/another_world.jpg

If you running your 64bit OS can think of something visually similar that's available now then there's a good chance something equally similar came out a decade or more ago.
greigaitken 19th January 2013, 15:17 Quote
lighten up, joe said they were both 95's that means same to me
pbryanw 20th January 2013, 01:04 Quote
@greigaitken - Sorry, I was just trying to be humourous and failing :(

Actually, I'm very happy this game's been reviewed so highly (Rob Florence gave it a lovely write-up on Rock, Paper, Shotgun too). To see a game where the main goal is cultivating life and exploring your environment is refreshing, and I think I'll be picking this up in the future.
Journeyer 21st January 2013, 09:45 Quote
This does sound interesting...
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