A downloadable game for Windows

"The Martian Frontier" is a cooperative real time strategy game about maintaining the conditions necessary for human life on the hostile red planet Mars.

This game was made specifically for a live competition event at the NASA Goddard Space Center, April 14th 2016.
Eight teams of middle-school students competed for a chance to win a week at space camp!

This release shows the basic gameplay. Your session will end after ten minutes, or if you kill your colonists.

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Keep all the colonists alive and healthy while performing scientific research on Mars.


Move your 4 colonist around the board, performing various actions in the different parts of your Mars Base.

It is possible to play with either one or two players.

Grow plants and algae for food and oxygen.
Keep all the machines in working order by performing routine maintenance.
Refine martian soil into material for your advanced 3D printer to create things you need in the machine shop.
Eat when you're hungry, sleep when you're tired, exercise when you feel weak.

Perform scientific research for bonus points.


Click the mouse over one of the "stations" within the base to read all about what it does


WASD or ARROWS : move selected character
+ or - : change which character you are controlling
1,2,3,4 : execute various options at each station
SPACE BAR : toggle station names and stat displays on/off


LEFT STICK : move character
RB/LB / RT/LT : change character
A/B/X/Y : perform various actions
START : toggle station names
BACK : toggle stat displays


The version available here is not the final version of the game, but it is free for personal use.

If you wish to use this game for educational or other purposes, or you would like to commission a customized educational game, please contact the developer:

saunders72 at Hotmail dot com

Install instructions



Double-click the round blue icon to run.


The Martian Frontier 009.zip 6 MB
TMF-Tutorial.zip 6 MB
what stuff does.txt 2 kB