People's Choice Semi-Finalist

ASTRO-ZORYA made it to the People's Choice Semi-Finals (Top 25)

Journey to Mars

Develop a game that simulates conditions in an off-Earth located permanent or temporary colony. The game could be a sandbox that offers the possibility to simulate various facilities that would support a reduced gravity environment far from earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere. Users could be given power allowances, atmospheric conditions, and in situ resource options (using resources available on site for life support or other needs). The game could include a variety of scenarios including:

  • Arranging a GPS-like system on the Moon or Mars to support navigation for the human inhabitants. The simulation could allow the users to explore different solutions such as a constellation of satellites, a network of masts or other Earth based methods at the challenger’s discretion.
  • Players could build a habitat that could withstand the Lunar or Martian environment while also taking into consideration that its inhabitants need to have adequate power and supplies, be able to produce food, have locations sleep, live and work.
  • Build a Virtual Moon telescope. The simulation could allow the user to conduct a research mission using a telescope on site near their habitat. Explore what instruments make sense for the location of the telescope (and what the user wants to observe). Game players could explore settings such as exposure times or wavelengths to observe. Observations could vary based on the position of the telescope on the Moon or Mars, and the relative position in the sky of the pointed object. After each simulated capture, show an appropriately generated image reflecting the exposure and wavelength settings.

ASTRO-ZORYA is an android application which simulates living in Martian base.

During the game we want to keep our astronaut, named Zorya, alive as long as we can, by managing circulation of limited resources that we have in our base. We also upgrade our habitat to higher the performance. With everything we do, we have to be careful to keep the balance between astronaut's and base's needs and stock available.

The game is completely non-fiction. Players can prove themselves on how long would they survive on red planet and how well would they develop the facility if they were in charge of that. On the way they also learn real solutions used in space exploration.

Friendly interface and simplicity allows player without any specific knowledge start the game easily and learn everything on the way, developing strategic skills. But on the other hand, it is same challenging for player with space industry background. Customizing the character, redecorating rooms, taking part in extra missions, sharing your achievements with friends are adding extra fun to the game.

Application hits in market need for plain games where you can build your own project and create alternative reality for yourself. It also feeds people's curiosity about space exploration, which was always hot subject and nowadays becoming to be top trend. Under all that cover Astro-Zorya brings awareness about space technologies to regular people and helps to break the walls of wrong vision of huge differences between scientific world and daily life- what can have a real impact for industry development in the future.

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