Monday, May 21, 2007

Games From Mars

With the exception of the Icehouse games, which are actually played by real Martians, these are games that deal with our sister planet.

And note that Men Are From Mars/Women Are From Venus, and associated games, don't count!
Age of Steam Expansion - Mars: Global Surveyor
Train game on Mars, delivering Martians.
Battle Fleet Mars
A sci-fi war game, batting for extra-terrestrial resources.
Biker Mice From Mars: Rock... 'N Ride! Card Game
Apparently, a simple set collection game. Has an expansion.
Butt-Ugly Martians - The Race to Rescue Dog
A roll-and-move game based on a TV series.
Destination Mars
A race to Mars for two players. Based on the TV program on the Discovery Channel
Doom: the Boardgame
Based on the popular video game series, you cooperatively play against one player who plays the hordes of nasties. Also has expansions.
Otherwise known as Martian Chess, a variation of Chess from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel The Chessmen of Mars.
John Carter: Warlord of Mars
Based on the high sci-fi romance novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
M&M/Mars Attacks!
An insert from Shred Magazine, requires two different colors of M&Ms to play, which are eaten as they are killed.
Mars 2020 Board Game
A Mars trivia game.
Mars Bingo
From a lesson plan about the Mars exploration rover.
Martian Backgammon, Martian Chess, Martian Coasters, Martian Mud Wrestling, Invasion of Mars
These games are fanciful abstract games played with Icehouse pieces and most are designed by Looney Labs.
Mission: Red Planet
An area control game with role selection. Rated highly on BGG.
My Favorite Martian
A 1963 board game based on the television show of the same name.
Planet Mars - The First Settlement
This game is, as of yet, unpublished. It appears to be an action-point trading game, which was well received at the 2006 Hippodice Spieleautorenwettbewerb.
Sky Galleons of Mars
The tactical ship combat game for the "Space: 1889" role-playing system. Related games: Cloudships & Gunboats, Temple of the Beastmen
The Book of Mars: A Combat System
A war game combat system.
A Space Colony: Expedition to Mars
An educational game dealing with the problems of setting up a colony on Mars.
Mars Space Playing Cards
Round cards. Kind of cool, really.

P.S. While doing research for this, I ran across this Google Ad:

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