Matt Damon made a keen return to form in 2015 with the release of The Martian. With his face plastered on every billboard, bus stop and magazine cover for a little while, it was hard no to take him up on the offer of seeing him grow potatoes on the desolate red planet thanks to the nutrients of his own excrement. Take On Mars takes a similar stand.
So why wouldn't you want to do the same? It's always fun spending a year of your life traveling across the dark void of space to reach a planet still known for being a wasteland. Except with this game, you don't have to handle your own business.
Leaving Early Access February 9, Take On Mars is either a clever pun of the a-Ha classic mixed with a little David Bowie, or it's simply the literal term of the aim of the game. We suspect a heathly dose of both. It's smart. Just about smart enough to land a man on mars, evidently.
Landing on the red planet with no severed communications to Early, Mark Willis is presumed dead by his home world. Gathering his bearings, he'll have to utilize his botanical background and engineering expertise to build shelter and cultivate the sands and soil of Mars to keep himself going. Implementing real-life findings from satellite data like the Apollo 17 moon landing site, Cydonia and Victoria Crater, you'll be able to freely explore the selection of locations throughout our galaxy sandbox style if tilling the ground of Mars isn't quite what you signed up for.
Though players of the initial Early Access offering have been getting hands-on with the sandbox mode for some time, the training missions and story of Mark Willis comes in fresh. Before heading out of Early Access, Take On Mars is available for a slightly discounted price.