The Caves Of Mars is the new 2D action space shooter game set in the mysterious caves of the planet Mars.
Navigate your spacecraft through these caves, destroy enemies and alien lifeforms and collect as many gems as possible. Collecting gems will increase your health and gain points. You will gain extra bonus points the more gems you collect and enemies you destroy.
There are 100 cave levels to complete, each one procedurally generated randomly so no two levels are ever the same. As you progress through the levels the caves will become larger, more complex and you will encounter more challenging enemies, aliens and obstacles.
Caves Of Mars has been developed by Jonathan Yates, a software developer with over 30 years of software development experience. Work began in March 2020 using Unity Game Engine and has been developed over an 18-month period. During this time Silkweb Games was formed and this is their first title.
The game is inspired by some 80’s classic 8-bit games such as ‘Caverns Of Mars’ and ‘Scramble’ but brings these games right up to date with its own unique game play and modern graphics. The game is available to play on PC, iOS and Android mobile devices.
Tharsis is a mountainous region on Mars where hundreds of caves have been discovered. These caves contain precious gems which are heavily guarded by enemies and alien life forms.
Your mission is to explore these caves, destroy the enemies and collect as many gems as possible. Collecting gems will increase your health and gain points. You will gain extra bonus points the more gems you collect and enemies you destroy.
There are 100 cave levels to complete, each one generated completely randomly so no two levels are ever the same. As you progress through the levels the caves will become larger, more complex and you will encounter more challenging enemies, aliens and obstacles.
You will encounter many different enemies as you progress though the caves. Some guard their position and don’t move, whilst others form waves of enemy spacecraft which will follow you. The more powerful enemies will take serval hits to destroy.
Watch out for enemy boss spacecraft. Some of the Key Cards are in the possession of enemy bosses so you will need your weapons to destroy these and collect the Key Card.
Watch out for Alien lifeforms. Some of these can move, jump or fly and throw lightning bolts.
Collect fuel to boost your health.
Collect vessels containing Weapons and Shield Powerups. Collected powerups are displayed in the right-hand panel. Activate / deactivate these by clicking them or selecting keys 1-8. Each powerup with change the appearance of your player spacecraft.
Key Cards and Laser Doors
Find and collect 'Key Cards' to unlock ‘Laser Doors’ to gain access to each section of these caves.
To help there is a map of each cave system indicating the location of each Key Card and the laser doors they unlock. Open this by clicking on the map button. The caves get larger and more complex as you progress so you will need this map.
Beware of the laser beams which you will need to negotiate your way through as they switch on and off. Each laser beam will turn off and on as you approach it. To return you need to navigate the sequence of laser beams before returning.
Navigate your way through moving platforms