Although this program lets you virtually explore Mars, we don't really think of it as a game in the traditional sense of the word. The application gives you a first-person view of the Martian landscape and lets you explore it via your keyboard's arrow buttons. When you approach a landmark such as a crater, the program displays a small map and some basic information. We have no complaints about the graphical representation of the red planet, although some sound effects would have been a nice touch. Still, we thought 3D Mars Spirit Rover Simulator provides only a limited amount of entertainment, as simply exploring the very similar landscape grows tiresome after a while. Some degree of user customization might help spice up future versions of this program. Nevertheless, science and astronomy buffs might enjoy 3D Mars Spirit Rover Simulator, especially since it's free.
What's new in version 1.1
ReleaseDecember 5, 2008
Date AddedJanuary 22, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Drive the Mars Spirit Rover over the Martian surface. Experience the thrill of discovering new hills and rocks as you explore the surface in this 3D simulator. Watch as the Martian day passes into evening, and climb the slopes to look into the giant crater.