Surviving Mars Reviews

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8.1 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Surviving Mars is a great game of management and survival, combining both facets to achieve a unique title only available in console.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2018

Ultimately Surviving Mars is a fantastic simulation and strategy game. Again, it might be off-putting inexperienced players, and advanced players will likely need to find their own fun in the long term by creating obstacles for themselves to overcome or to seek out mods, lest it gets repetitive.

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82 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

Successful and challenging construction game, which gets more complex with increasing playing time, but also brings a few quirks with it.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

Surviving Mars isn't simply SimCity set on our red neighbor Mars. It's a resource management game with a heavy emphasis on survival, involving lots of death and brutal mechanics. At the same time, its systems are designed to teach the player how best to strategize and learn from past mistakes. A potential play time of 100+ hours to see each mystery play out also ensures a ton of entertainment return on a meager investment of ~$40 USD. For those who love the city-sim genre, this is a no-brainer.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

Surviving Mars requires patience and experimentation that may be daunting to those new to the genre. The lack of detail on the game's many mechanics in conjunction with the intense micromanagement creates a challenging and frustrating experience. There are ways to make your colonization mission less difficult, but a well-planned strategy still needs to be in place to succeed. Despite this, once the mechanics click, the game is incredibly satisfying and rewarding. All of this is packaged with a simple aesthetic and decent soundtrack that are both stylish and fit its sci-fi theme. If you're a fan of city builders, Haemimont Games' latest is worth playing.

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8 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a superb management game. With City Skylines (another Paradox production), it's simply the best in its genre, thanks to a deep gameplay, big content, nice visuals, great concept and mods compatibility.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Surviving Mars is a pleasant economic strategy game with pretty graphics, atmospheric music, and a very captivating gameplay. Setting up various martian colonies provides tons of fun, especially in the beginning. In the later stages of the game, it seems a bit weird to play, but this might be caused by the fact that the full potential of this game has not been realized yet.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2018

I'm in a weird place because I know that Surviving Mars is probably excellent for someone who is not me. If you enjoy Paradox games like Crusader Kings II but not city builders, then this is probably a great bridge for you to relax and play. If you like managing numbers, resources, and people, then this is the game for you. What I wanted was a more freeform experience that allowed me to design and fiddle with Martian landscapes to my heart's content, and this is not the game for that.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2018

In addition to offering up a rewarding and enjoyable sci-fi city-building experience, Surviving Mars is rife with detail.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Colonization of Mars according to the concepts from the late 20th century. Retro-futuristic graphics and outdated ideas mix into an engaging game, although there is a lot of room for improvement.

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Mar 17, 2018

Surviving Mars has a lot of interface annoyances and other small issues, but its blend of optimism and dread makes a compelling foundation for a city/colony builder.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars combines so many interesting mechanics and genres but seems to lack the overall depth that defines more specialized titles. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining romp in exploration, survival and colonization that's good for a couple dozen hours or so.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars does not speak to the casual gamer, but it's also a good city-builder. Its creators Haemimont Games deeply love science-fiction, and they demonstrated it by giving their game a variety of scenarios together with its citybuilder nature. It deserves time to be appreciated, but seeing your colony become operative is always a satisfaction. Veterans could find a relatively new way to see science-fiction on their genre. Due to rigid gamepad controls, newcomers may consider the PC.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a challenging yet engaging city builder that makes me want to colonize Mars again and again.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

A solid strategy game that may suffer slightly from being, as with the surface of Mars, a little too dry

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7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a solid city-builder, but some areas of the game require too much micromanagement and some critical information is either inaccurate or not presented in a useful way.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a new twist on a classic game structure.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

A very good, yet slightly enraging experience.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

Overall, Surviving Mars is a solid building simulator. Its numerous options for gameplay leave room for all kinds of play styles. Player choices maintain key roles in how they wish to shape their societies. A vast array of technology makes room for endless infrastructure combinations with a wonderful level of detail. A lack of content really brings down the game a few notches because the gameplay begins to feel repetitive after a while. Although the title has a lot of awesome details with science fiction flair, it doesn't bring any new surprises after a single playthrough. Whether players are seeking a challenging simulation or a chill Martian sandbox, Surviving Mars is a title that is worth a try.

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8 / 10.0
May 5, 2018

Surviving Mars is one of that games which can entertain you for weeks and even months. Even though it suffers from some serious problems like lack of a training section, nobody can deny the pleasure of making an advanced colony on the surface of the red planet during experiencing the game.

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