42 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Early Access Review
[10/24/15] UPDATE: The original developers of Race To Mars (Intermarum) basically abandoned it, explaining that they simply couldn't handle the work and have been silent ever since. Another company acquired Race To Mars (One More Level) and promised that they'd finish production, update it on a weekly basis, and communicate to players about the state of the game.
Those were lies. They haven't updated the game weekly, nor did they do it for even one month. It has now beens months since the last update, and the developer has gone silent. DO NOT BUY THIS VAPORWARE.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: First off, let me be clear: there is virtually nothing to this game. Beyond the basic buildings that have always been available, the vast majority of mechanics listed in the games description don't exist, with even its most vocal supporters only logging less than 10 hours due to no content. The developers hadn't produced a single update for nearly a year, hinting at some elusive "massive update" that they always claimed was just around the corner. That update has FINALLY come out, and it couldn't be any more clear that this is a scam. What's the big change?... a simple UI overhaul. The campaign is non-existant/unplayable since literally only 3 buildings (of the over dozen that have always claimed to be "around the corner") are in the game. Well, scratch that--2 of the 3 buildings say "Under Development" when you click on them. The 3D world you play within always looked unrefined and sloppy with underaverage visuals, but their one annual update seems to have managed to make it look even more unprofessional. Add on top of all of this that the game STILL contains choppy english, and well...
I wanted to really like this game, and I tried to trust the developers at their word, but this "game" is nothing more than an empty slot on Steam, attempting to take money from people by tricking them into thinking they're buying a game in progress. It's not. DO. NOT. BUY.
62 people found this review helpful 3 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Early Access Review
If these guys are still going I think it might be time to white board this project. From one Dev to another
1. Run through the bugs and make a list (may need several boards). Forget cosmetic graphics at this time the core programming need the most attention graphics is secondary to all else just look at minecraft and remember they did a lot with 8 and 16 bit graphics, no one builds a AAA game over night
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help the community may have the help you need, some have already paid to support it. But paid or not the community may be willing to lend a hand to make this project succeed just look at Apache or firefox. Don’t be a rob the builder (can we fix it … no its Fracked) and move on.
3. Project Management. Invest in a bug tracker most are open source (free) milestones help a lot and it shows the progress of development to the community and improves communication between dev and supporter. Forums Help but there not the be-all and end-all
(Optional) lower the price your rep is bad enough and the slow progress ain’t helping the cause
So at this time i would not recommend buying it but this might change in future (if an update is released before christmas)
A few thoughts (mainly to the devs but its general): The motto I develop by is “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (got that from a religious door knocker but it works) The big picture looks good but building it, it’s like climbing Everest with your teeth you just freak out and start rocking in a corner saying this is not happening 50 times. Just take small steps and by the time you realise it your half way there So frequent small update are better then very long large update as it shows you still care about your project
46 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Early Access Review
This game seems to have been completely abandoned by its developers, even though they maintain that another patch is coming. It hasn't been updated since April 2014. Time and time again we've been promised a patch at a certain date, only to get an apologetic sob story.
Avoid this game. It is unplayable in its current state, and contrary to recent communication from the developer, no update seems to be forthcoming.
Edit, June 2015. A patch was released in the month of March. It added a few non-essential things and broke parts of the game. The game is still unplayable. It is not even remotely finished. Avoid this game.
Edit, May 2016. This game has received several updates as of late. The latest one actually managed to fix Mac support - it hasn't been working on Mac OS X for several months, so I've had the opportunity to check the state of the game for the first time this year. It is still far from a beta. It is hardly even an alpha. At the current pace I would surmise that the game might be in beta state somewhere in the middle of 2017. Avoid until someone actually posts a positive review.
Edit, October 2017. Avoid. Do not buy. Completely abandoned by its developers.
I bought this game about a year and a half ago, because I liked the concept behind the game. By now I gave up hoping that this game will be playable in the foreseable future. I hoped that the company One More Level, would keep their idea of small weekly updates and a better communication.
Right now this game starts and you can see the launch complex of your agancy and thats it. So there is nothing to do except enjoying the view and the music which you cannot turn up or down within the game.
I payed $20 for this game during launch, so i think it is my right to demand better communication, even if they tell me that they canceled the game once and for all.
I reccomend not buying this game as it is right now. Maybe when One More Level is stepping up their game