39 Days to Mars – XBOX One Review
39 Days to Mars, I may be slightly delayed getting there if this game is anything to go by…..
The theme of the game is your very Victorian English gentleman and his friend (or cat in single player) working on the plans for a trip to Mars, building a spaceship and eventually making their way across the cosmos.
39 Days to Mars is a pretty innovative puzzle adventure game which was clearly designed to be played with two players working together to solve the puzzles.
Now there are two trains of thought for me on this game and two very differing experiences too (lots of two’s and too’s but believe me you need Two)
As a single player experience this takes the form of a similar control scheme to Brothers a tale of two sons where the left stick and trigger is one character and the right is the other, I managed to really get used to the system in that game but here I have to say I’m still struggling.
The issues show more when for instance you need to rotate a piece of a diagram you are putting back together, you need to hold the piece with both characters hands and rotate the sticks.
All making sense so far…. However, once the hands move across each other your eyes follow the one on either the left or right of the screen which may not correspond with the one you are trying to control and then it all starts to get confusing.
I felt at times like I needed to separate my left and right brains and get them to work independently.
Now it never becomes unplayable but it does get a little frustrating, add in another player though and those puzzles become a joy to play as you discuss the solutions and work together to solve them, apart from the fact that my co-op buddy (my better half…Luckily she isn’t looking) didn’t seem to do much better that the other half of my brain!
The game does warn you at the point you select the single player option that it will be harder but boy it works better in co-op mode.
The puzzles are generally not crazily hard (unless you are in single player) but they will make you think a little and also discuss it with your Victorian chum, the game will also drop some hints for you at times to jog you along.
The story is pretty good and the voiceover work is great fun to listen to the good old English stiff upper lip at work, the art style works well and fits perfectly with theme and the puzzles.
There is plenty of fun to be had with this game and if you like puzzle games throw yourself in and enjoy the storyline and puzzles just make sure you drag a good co-op partner along with you, if you can get your head working around the single player control scheme there is still fun to be had but it’s a fraction of the two player option.
Definitely recommended for puzzle fans (who have friends who can visit)
Many thanks to It’s Anecdotal for the review code.