InSilico Mars

Although I have been to InSilico many times, I had never been to InSilico Mars, before, never even heard of it till yesterday, which is when I knew I had to visit…

… as with InSilico, so with InSilico Mars… the place is gorgeous, and, especially for the totally unknowing, first-time visiter, wonderfully mysterious. I wandered around for about half an hour, before I found much more than rocks and plants and swarms of red insects and, of course, dust storms. It’s a no-fly sim although, after about half an hours walking, I did discover I could point and double-click to get to less accessible places, in some sims this irritatingly zaps you back to your landing point, but not here, so that was worth the try. Whilst I could see big buildings in the distance, I couldn’t figure how to get to them, initially. I finally managed to get inside the big pink-glassed building, behind me, in the picture above. It was quite interesting inside, but I was locked out of the more interesting areas, so I went back outside…

… eventually climbing high above the pink building to a kind of temple, where I found this beautiful little, insect-winged craft, straight out of Edgar Rice-Burroughs…

… a quick scan of it’s simple controls convinced me I could fly it…

… and I could! The little machine was extremely responsive and easy to fly…

… and I found myself flying high above this wondrous landscape…

… the insect wings that held me aloft blurred into invisibility as we soared past and over marvellous structures and fascinating scenery…

… this place is huge, and I flew over at least one sim crossing as I buzzed through the air…

… this is a visually stunning build, and a lot of fun to explore, especially from the sky…

… I eventually found what looked like the perfect landing area…

… and, by now, feeling fairly proficient at the controls…

… guided my little craft in for a gentle landing.

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