Earlier this morning, Eli and I spent even more time with Waking Mars, our 2012 game of the year. Waking Mars [$4.99] came out before we started our video series, so we decided to do a TA Plays with it to close the coverage loop. It's a lengthy video, so buckle up.

It goes without saying at this point, but Waking Mars is fabulous. One thing we kind of key in on during this video -- outside of our riveting GDC and Denny's discussion -- is how awesome Mars's systems designs are. Specifically, the ecosystems aren't strictly just a product of your own interactions with the ground. Plants can plant Plants and set off tornadoes of emergent activity. It's a neat touch.

If you haven't seen Waking Mars before, this is a good way to jump in. The video shows the entire first chapter of the game and ends right as the second begins.

  • http://twitter.com/likeacrocodile Like a Crocodile

    It's funny... My upcoming game is somehow so similar to this but has better graphics and it's way more challenging. I mean it's also about exploring caves by flying around, no human elements or conversations though. I hope you guys will give it a try at least when it's out since you didn't care much about the trailer.

    • NeonGreenKermit

      Can you link to your trailer please?

      • http://twitter.com/likeacrocodile Like a Crocodile

        I tried but it didn't pass moderation understandably. If you can drop me a mail to janos@likeacrocodile.com I will reply with the link?

    • Tranceaholic

      What is this game called??? I'd check it out, but I need to know what name to look up!

  • http://twitter.com/putermcgee daniel schroeder

    when watching the video, i was thinking about the metroidvania-ness of this game, and i kind of agree with you guys. at the end of the video, i was thinking 'this is where, in those games, you get stripped of your powers and have to explore to gain new abilities'...but that doesn't happen in this game. it's really cool that you basically start and end with the same abilities, and it's a much more laid-back experience.

  • http://www.appleoutsider.de/ AppleOutsider.de - Sebastian P

    So the take-away is: you haven't all played through your GOTY 2009.

    I guess that's good to know.

  • Tranceaholic

    It would have been nice if you two didn't talk for a couple of minutes so we could hear the voice-acting better. I'd check out the game for myself, but I already played through the original version and I'm playing too many other games to free up the space for it on my iPad.

    Also, I expected ART to have a monotonic robotic voice since his captions were all caps, but (from what I could hear) he sounds more like Spongebob Squarepants!