Colonize Mars

Colonize Mars is a multi-user touchscreen exhibit, in which users work together to develop a colony on Mars through several stages of objectives. Visitors can work together to get a high score by building their colony quickly as a team.

Colonize Mars Video

Educational Points

Colonize Mars has multiple objectives that are required for a colony to achieve self-reliance.

  • Natural resources can be harvested, such as: ore, soil, and ice (water).
  • Most construction materials need to be produced on Mars from these natural resources.
  • Develop and maintain production chains to build increasingly complex materials.
  • Successful colonies can support additional colonists.
  • Colonists can be assigned as workers to automate tasks.

User Interaction

Users can touch the screen to:

  • Mine natural resources.
  • Move resources to supply manufacturing facilities.
  • Assign colonists to work on parts of the production chain.
  • Tap on structures and objectives to learn more about them.

User Experience

Visitors are responsible for creating their own colony on Mars by supplying colonists with food, water, oxygen, and power.

  • Users are guided through a series of objectives to build a self-reliant colony.
  • The objectives gradually increase in complexity as the production grows to support complex materials.
  • Once the colony can support human life, users can expand their number of colonists.
  • An end game timer starts once visitors build a communications dish. For the duration of that timer, visitors should produce as much science from their colony as possible. The amount produced is added to the high score screen.

Hold Time Data (7 Day Timespan)

Software Pricing


Small Facility Pricing applies 50% reduction

Volume pricing also applies

Pricing Sheet

Hardware Provided

  • Keylok license dongle

Recommended Hardware

  • We strongly recommend the Ideum Multitouch table - it is simple to set up, extremely durable, virtually turn key and supports up to 80 touches.
  • For non Ideum Multitouch products, we highly recommend a 4k display that allows more than 20 touches.

Required Computer Specs

  • Quad Core CPU (or better).
  • Power Supply: 600 Watt (or better).
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti (or better).
  • RAM: 16 GB (or greater).
  • SSD: 120+ GB.
  • OS: Windows 10 or Windows 11.