Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Chronology of video games set on Mars

A website called Moby Games has a cool chronology of video games that are set on Mars. There are fifty-one different games, ranging from 1981 to 2008, including titles such as Caverns of Mars (1981), Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars (1990), Mars Matrix (2000), and Mars Explorer (2008), and for platforms as diverse as Apple, Atari, Commodore, DOS, Macintosh, Ninetendo, PlayStation, SEGA, Windows and Xbox.

Each entry in the chronology includes a description of the game, as well as publishing and release information. In some cases, you can view pictures of the packaging and screen shots. Reviews and ratings from computer and gaming magazines and websites are also available.

I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve never heard of most of these games and I haven't played any of them, not even the classic Doom (1993).

Pictured above: Back cover of packaging for Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles Adventure Game (1995).

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