Surviving Mars Reviews

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8.1 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Surviving Mars is the best extra-terrestrial city builder currently on the market. Micromanagement-heavy and somewhat obscure, dedicated genre fans will nevertheless love it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Surviving Mars has its flaws, sure, but they're inescapable when you're dealing with complex RTS systems on a console that doesn't allow you to use a mouse. Once you've got the controls nailed down and you've started building your colony, everything just clicks into place. It's a deep, rewarding time-sink of a game that should keep RTS fans happy for many, many sols

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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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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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8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

A very good, yet slightly enraging experience.

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7 / 10
Mar 15, 2018

A dearth of tutorials and a lack of consistent narrative can hamper the early stages of Surviving Mars. But have patience and this city builder emerges as an entertaining and addictive experience with tons of replay value and a dark streak of humour.

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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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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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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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8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Do I recommend you buy Surviving Mars? That’s up to you if the game suits your tastes. Remember, you’re pretty much just exploring the vast red desert of Mars. You’re not going to run into any exotic sights.

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80 / 100
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a lot of hard work, but managing a burgeoning colony never stops being compelling.

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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
Mar 15, 2018

If we ever try to colonise our red neighbour, it's going to be one of the greatest challenges that mankind will ever undertake. Though Surviving Mars makes a game out of it, Haemimont have brilliantly kept that hard edge, as it constantly pushes and tests your ability to plan with survival in mind, especially with the unpredictability of the Mysteries of Mars. There's plenty of ways to improve it and put more colony control in the hands of the player, but the first landing is already off to a great start.

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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 15, 2018

The first few hours of Surviving Mars are frustrating and the game can come across a bit disappointing; stick with it though and once you have figured out what to do all by yourself – due to the ineffective tutorial tips – the game opens up and almost becomes a completely different experience.

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Unscored
Mar 15, 2018

Though I sometimes grew weary of the donkey-work of cables and repairs, I definitely relish the new state of sustained fear Surviving Mars brings to city sims. It means that even small accomplishments feel so much bigger.

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Unscored
Mar 15, 2018

All Surviving Mars' interlocking systems make for an arresting time-sink that merges logic, forethought, psychology and experimentation. If you're the sort of person who enjoys losing yourself in high stakes strategy, building and planning, Surviving Mars is worth a look.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is another shiny diamond in the chest of Paradox Interactive: a multi-faceted, well designed city builder with pretty unique approach and visuals. The gameplay is simple enough to get the attention of the player, but ultimately immersive and engaging.

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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

My gripes aside, Surviving Mars might be the most fun I've had with a city-building game since SimCity 2000, and Haemimont has accomplished this feat by drilling down into the details, and zooming in on the kinds of small-scale community-building that I'd always felt the that city-builders with a grander scope lacked. The promise of robust modding support from launch could also ensure that the game has legs, or even that some of my complaints could be addressed by fans soon after they get their hands on the toolkit.

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