You may have heard about all those plans to put humans in Mars, and while that may be several years away from happening, Pomelo Games’ Mars: Mars could put you on the Red Planet sooner rather than later, at least in a mobile game setting. This iOS title has you playing the role of a volunteer on a mission to Mars, flying around in a “MarsCorp” jetpack and discovering the planet for yourself. MarsCorp is the first company cutting enough corners to make human flights to Mars finally viable, which means they’re rather incompetent. The name of the company’s program, “Put a Human on Mars No Matter What,” underscores this.
Summing it all up, you’re a human on Mars flying around in a rather dubious jetpack, and your goal is to survive this dangerous mission for as long as possible, leaping from platform to platform and taking into account you can only fly for a few seconds at a time. So if you want to make the most out of that jetpack and last longer in this game, do check out these Mars: Mars tips and tricks below.
1. Keep Your Eyes On The Lights
Notice those bulbs on the platforms? They’re there to tell you how fast you’re moving on your jetpack. A yellow light with no background noises means you’re going down at a safe speed. But if you hear beeps in the background and see the light flashing red, you’re moving at a dangerously fast speed, and you’re going to crash unless you slow down. Let these lights inform your decisions as you try to move from one platform to the next.
2. Remember Your Jetpack’s Limitations
When we say limitations, we’re referring to what we told you earlier – you’ve only got a few seconds of fuel on your jetpack. That means you should tap quickly and lightly so you can conserve your fuel when making your jumps. It’s no joke if you run out of fuel while in mid-jump, as that could end your run and kill you. So refrain from using your jetpack for more than the few seconds your fuel can take you. Tap quickly and use the jetpack sparingly; usually, it’s just one tiny tap that could get you going where you should be going, as the game’s physics should take care of the rest.
3. Gravity Is Your Best Friend
Speaking of leaving it up to the game’s physics, that’s what we shall be talking about in this next tip. We did say that you should properly utilize the limited fuel that you have, but when it comes to managing the game’s physics, the best technique is to align your character with the left booster until you’re on a path to land properly on the platform. Once you’re on that path, you can use both boosters to slow your descent down, all the while staying on that path. This can be tricky, but with a little practice, this will, and should become second nature to you.
4. Focus On Combos
The key to unlocking more characters in this game is to chase after the combo achievements and complete them. Take a look at the number located underneath your fuel gauge; that counter will go up if you land on a platform without crashing en route. Next to the counter, you’ll also see a white meter, and that represents how close or how far you are to pulling off the next combo achievement. Filling up that meter will bring you on to the next milestone, and you’ll be rewarded with coins, which you can then use to buy a new character. Take note that it becomes progressively harder to reach the next milestone – it starts with six consecutive jumps, and could go all the way up to 360.
5. Miscellaneous Tips For Using The Jetpack
When using your jetpack, you can also try a few tricks to make things easier for you. If you toggle between boosting left and right, you can make a fast ascent; this is most helpful if you’re going after coins located way up. Additionally, you can make a quick ascent by making quick, short boosts with both sides simultaneously. Don’t tap-and-hold, though, as that’s going to make you go down instead of going up.
Both strategies can be used after your first jump off a platform, as that could help increase your elevation.