Help/Support

What do I need in order to run the game?

You will need the following to run the University of Mars video game from AstroVenture and related components:

How do I purchase the game?

You can purchase the game here

Be sure to use the same email that you want to use to record your progress in the AstroVenture database when you play the University of Mars game. Choose a password that you will remember in order to be able to download the game after filling out the form. If you forget your password and cannot download then you can request an email to reset it.

How do I download the game?

After you have purchased the game, log in with the email address and password you entered on the purchase page. You will be taken to a page where you can download the game.

How do I install University of Mars once I have downloaded?

For computers running macOS versions 10.8+
  1. Download and locate the UniversityOfMars.zip file.
  2. Unzip the files (double-click on the ".zip" file, and the macOS "Archive Utility" or your preferred utility will do this) to a location you will remember and will be able to easily access on your computer.
  3. Inside the unzipped folder ("UniversityOfMars"), double click the ".app" file to start the game. Depending on your Finder and/or System Preferences, the ".app" extension may or may not be visible by default, but the .app should be in the folder called "UniversityOfMars" with a little Earth-Mars globe icon. For newer Mac OS versions: If you see a notice that the app cannot be opened because it is from an "unidentified developer," try right clicking the app and then selecting Open. For more detail on this method see this site (steps given about 1/3 the way down that page -- valid for macOS versions from 10.8.x/"Mountain Lion" and onward)
  4. Upon clicking "New Game" on the startup screen:
    • For students enrolled in a class: Enter your OFFICIAL college/university email as your user ID in the first prompt. This is how you will be graded, so you must correctly enter your user ID and not another name.
    • For others: Enter a preferred email as the user ID at the prompt.
For computers running Windows
  1. Download and locate the UniversityOfMars.zip file.
  2. Extract / unzip the files (right-click on the ".zip" file, and choose "Extract..."). You may have "7Zip" or another preferred utility installed to handle this. Extract the ZIP archive's to a location outside of the .zip "folder" that you will remember and will be able to easily access on your computer. Important Note: This ZIP-extraction step is important to ensure your game progress data is saved reliably. It may be possible to run the game from within the "ZIP[.zip]" file itself without extracting the files to another location, first, but you will lose data-saving and other functionality. Be sure to extract the files to another location outside of the downloaded .zip archive, and run the game from the extracted set.
  3. Inside the extracted / unzipped folder ("UniversityOfMars"), find and double click the ".exe" file to start the game. Depending on your default folder views or system options, the ".exe" extension may or may not be visible by default, but the .exe should be in the folder called "University of Mars" with a little Earth-Mars globe icon (alongside, rather than inside, the folder called UniversityOfMars_Data).
  4. Upon clicking "New Game" on the startup screen,
    • For students enrolled in a class: Enter your OFFICIAL college/university email as your user ID in the first prompt. This is how you will be graded, so you must correctly enter your user ID and not another name.
    • For others: Enter a preferred email as the user ID at the prompt.
For computers running Linux
  1. Download and locate the UniversityOfMars.zip file.
  2. Unzip the files (use your preferred unzip utility) to a location you will remember and will be able to easily access on your computer.
  3. Inside the extracted / unzipped folder ("UniversityOfMars"), find and run either "UniversityOfMars.x86" or "UniversityOfMars.x86_64" — whichever is appropriate to your system architecture — to start the game. It may have a little Earth-Mars globe icon and will be alongside, rather than inside, the folder called UniversityOfMars_Data. If you are unsure whether your Linux system is 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86_64), you may find the answer by entering the following command in a Terminal window: uname -m
  4. Upon clicking "New Game" on the startup screen,
    • For students enrolled in a class: Enter your OFFICIAL college/university email as your user ID in the first prompt. This is how you will be graded, so you must correctly enter your user ID and not another name.
    • For others: Enter a preferred email as the user ID at the prompt.
Please email info@astroventure.com for help with any aspects of the game purchase and installation or any questions not addressed here.