One for 2000AD and Dan Dare fans: Let’s Go To Mars! Game Launched

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A graphic adventure game focusing on the exploration of Mars has been launched by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, which should appeal to fans of most SF comics or books – of all ages.

The app, Let’s Go To Mars has been designed for the European project UPWARDS, developed in collaboration with Wild Sphere and Laniakea Management & Communication, and co-funded by FECYT

In this scientific adventure and space exploration, the player will have the responsibility to build the first habit module for the imminent arrival of the first human colony to Mars. Through the exploration of different Martian areas after building a vehicle to move around the planet, the collection of minerals and pieces of previous missions, the player has to build the first human colony on the red planet – and face many dangers of a planet that is more active than most think.

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The new application is an initiative of the UPWARDS (Understanding Planet Mars With Advanced Remote Sensing Datasets and Synergistic Studies) project. It has been coordinated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) and developed by its Area of Scientific Culture in collaboration with Wild Sphere and Laniakea Management & Communication, and has been funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

The Marskipedia, an encyclopedia with data about Mars, will be built as the game progresses. The player can consult it to solve unknowns throughout the game and with which you can get food, water and oxygen to survive in the arid Martian scene.

Let’s go to Mars gathers some of the still unresolved enigmas on Mars that we are researching right now in the UPWARDS project,” says Miguel Angel Lopez-Valverde, Coordinator of the UPWARDS project.

“We want to publicize our work on Mars to society and we believe that with this app we do it in a different and fun way, with some surprises and licenses, since we must not forget that it is a video game.”

Martian exploration seems to be on the minds of several game makers. Mars – Simulator RED PLANET, a totally separate project available on STEAM, takes you on a journey into the unknown and gives you the unique opportunity to solve the mystery of Mars. Experience a fully-detailed mission to Mars; land your rover on the red rocks of the fourth planet, collect rock samples and drill for more. Photograph the landscape and transmit the data back to Earth. Investigate mysterious artefacts and discover if water or even life is hidden on Mars. In short – experience the breath-taking natural panorama of this fascinating planet.

• Let’s go to Mars is available with free download for Android and IOS phones and tablets, and in its PC version. For more information and downloads: http://www.upwards-mars.eu/letsgomars

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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