Crescent Moon Games' latest Android release has a good amount of support behind it, having been greenlit by the Steam community to port the game over to Valve's platform. Mines of Mars, which has already attracted positive reviews in the week it's been available for iOS, should provide Android gamers with another of the more in-depth experiences to hit the platform.

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With its similar landscape, atmospheric music, and sense of adventure, Mines of Mars brings back memories of Waking Mars. The resemblance is superficial though. The core premise may still revolve around exploring and surviving Earth's neighboring red planet, but our protagonist this time is armed to the teeth with a variety of guns. He's not studying new lifeforms - he's slaying them.

Perhaps a larger difference is the focus on digging. Equipped with a pickaxe, you will tunnel your way through cubical blocks of dirt and stone, eventually coming across evidence of new civilizations and life forms. Mines of Mars is story-driven, and thanks to the way it's designed, your gameplay experience should vary each time you play. That's not bad for $4.99.

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  • primalxconvoy

    I don't know why, but why is there such a disconnect between freemium and premium content at Google Play? Either the games have to be free with ludicrous iap's or premium with no demo.

    Can't devs just make free demos with premium unlock iap's?

    • flosserelli

      I asked the same question a week ago, but got flamed. So prepare for a flood of downvotes and haterade.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Haha I remember, I still consider that 15 minute window ample time to demo a game, but that's just me I guess!☺

        • someone755

          If the game is big and your internet is slow...?

          • primalxconvoy

            I just think having a freemium version with certain iap's is good but allowing users to unlock a "full" version, or even a series of iap's that grant a premium experience (so basically the same as) would be a great way to address "piracy" issues, gauging the casual v market and keeping those who want premium content all happy.

            Another way would be to release a "GOTY" version of any given game, either as a separate version (with enough fl differences to stop Google from blocking it) or by replacing the freemium version with a premium one after a certain time has past.

            Any other solutions?

          • someone755

            Your last solution would be the best.
            Though Google should discourage IAPs...

        • David Hart

          24 hours was a lot better.

    • Sir_Brizz

      I don't mind when they do this if they also have a full purchase version on the Play Store. I bought Cordy through an IAP and it still bugs me how it doesn't say "Purchased" in the app list (as opposed to "Free"). Maybe Google could solve that, but it would be a real challenge.

      • primalxconvoy

        I agree somewhat. Although I bought the full version of Meltdown on the ouya, i bought the double xp and double gold iap's from the android version. However, the double xp iap won't show as bought in-gave and won't let me "buy" it again either. The devs (who are really nice) suggested taking to the publishers, but as usual, they haven't bothered to respond.

    • Skyde

      So you can try the game first for free, and later if you like you can buy full game without redownload ?

      • primalxconvoy


  • Rob Johnson

    "This title that was already available for Windows, Mac, and Linux"

    Where? There's no mention of it on their site...

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Looks like you're right. I've removed the line.

    • Kylecore

      Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

      **EDIT** Looks like steam has contacted the developer about making it available for the above platforms but it is not at this time, my apologies.

      • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

        Yeah, that's the same mistake I made.

  • Cheeseball

    Take note, this is not primarily a crafting game. This is indeed a Metroidvania that utilizes a crafting system to build better gear to get access to different areas.

    To explain it like it was Metroid, let's say in order to access one area, you would need to find the Morph Ball. In Mines of Mars, you mine for materials to upgrade your suit (and weapons) to be able to access future areas.

    To make it short, this game is IMO worth the $4.99.