There's an old saying along the lines of "If you are going to do something, might as well do it right." Video game developer Tyler Owen hopes to do just that with his Mars exploration game Lacuna Passage.
The game puts players on Mars as astronaut Jessica Rainer, who is investigating the disappearance of a previous expedition. The goal of the game is to explore, investigate and document the 3D Martian landscape to try and find out what happened to the Hermes and its crew.
The neat twist here is that he's using actual Mars landscape data in the game, so the terrain you see will be taken from real data. It's not a simulation, but the topical data should give a authentic vibe to the whole thing. Good call!Mashable