Play it right now! http://marsendeavour.com
Winner of the Toronto Space Apps
Winner of the Kennedy Space Center “Mars Lava Tubes” Challenge
Top 5 finalist for the Global Space Apps – Best Mission Concept category
Well the NASA International Space Apps Challenge is back for 2015 and this time we headed up to Toronto. And guess what kids, we took home the global nomination again for another video game, The Mars Endeavour. It was a built from scratch project that we did from Friday night til Sunday afternoon. This time we decided to do something with an RTS style to it, something I’ve never done before.
The challenge posed by NASA is about Mars Lava Tubes, which I won’t get into, but you can read all about the challenge proposal here, https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/challenge/survivor-mars-lava-tubes/
Pics from the Toronto Space Apps regional nomination
Our game is up and running either in your browser or downloadable for cross platform at http://marsendeavour.com
You can also check out our Space Apps project page for more details: https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/project/the-mars-endeavour/
The game revolves around sustaining a mars colony on the surface and navigating miner robots both above and below ground. You basically collect and expel resources while you survive and defend/repair from perils (Dust storms, meteorite showers, solar flares). The game also has a pseudo-radom arrangement of lava tube configuration and location.
It’s a pretty good start but still needs massive testing and input into it’s resources and economy system. The ground work is there for consumption, accumulation, refining, upgrading, achievements, hazards, etc. But rules have to be better defined, which will take some considerable testing I’m coming to find.
We hope to expand on the feature set as well. Part of the challenge’s proposal was underground colonies, which we didn’t do at all. The feature set for a hackathon game is pretty decent and although our ambitions were grand, we were instead able to put out a great game by sticking with realistic goals.