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SimMars was a strategy game in development at Maxis around the same time as the release of the wildly popular Maxis game, The Sims. A trailer for the game was included on the SimCity 3000 CD. From the trailer, the premise of the game seemed to be a manned mission to the planet Mars, followed by a terraforming and colonization scenario, typical of the Maxis world-building game style. The game presumed to be an integration of previous Maxis titles presented in 3D, possibly including elements of SimEarth, SimLife, and SimCity.

An arcade game titled SimMars is in The Sims: Vacation, where it is described as follows:

"Direct mankind's first mission to the red planet! Launch rockets and deploy robot probes! Deploy teams to search for alien resources! Establish and run a network of specialized colonies to create a self-sufficient civilization! Provide your colony with food, shelter, and power! Fast, furious, adrenaline-pumping action!"

On May 12, 2000, Maxis released the following statement: "SimMars is on hold and we do not have staff at Maxis currently working on the game. With the phenomenal success of The Sims, we've decided to move resources to support that franchise as well as other titles that we haven't even announced yet."[1]

Total conversion mod

Recently, SimMars has been reincarnated as a fan-based total conversion modification for SimCity 4. The project, currently in beta, will bring new buildings, transportation systems, user-interface and music, giving the feeling of playing a colony on Mars.[2]

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