Surviving Mars Reviews

Surviving Mars is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Mar 15, 2018

If you're a fan of city-building gameplay Surviving Mars is a must-buy title. Even if you prefer a more creative experience you can tailor the difficulty to that end, or ramp up the scarcity for a true survival experience, where battling the elements almost feels more like a real-time strategy.

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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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9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

I've enjoyed the freedom to make my own decisions and mistakes, the challenge, the complexity, the attention to detail. It's been one hell of a ride.

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9 / 10
Mar 22, 2018

Surviving Mars is a fulfilling successor to the franchises of its developers and publishers. It offers a fantastic balance of city building, resource management, exploration, research and frequent challenges along the way, encapsulated in the delightful aesthetics of the red planet.

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2018

Surviving Mars delivers on every front as a strategy game. Wide spectrum of difficulty, huge tech tree, seeded maps and easy to use, but complex, interface result in game that is suitable for both casual players and experienced leaders. Pick your funder conquer the planet!

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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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8.2 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2018

Surviving Mars is well made city-building strategy game with a interesting setting and solid gameplay that really needs a tutorial for newcomers and some variety in the side missions to be fully optimized. Fans of the the genre will still have their fun.

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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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8.1 / 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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8.1 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2018

Haemimont Games and Paradox Interactive's Surviving Mars mixes the best of the 4X and city building simulation game into a futuristic package, but its weak end-game might bore some. Thankfully the game has mod support on PC and enough achievements for console players to last.

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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 tasks you with leading humanity's first colonies on the Red Planet. But Mars is hardly forgiving, and it will fight you every step of the way.

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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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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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Mar 16, 2018

For simulation game fanatics, Surviving Mars is an easy recommendation. For everyone else, if you are willing to sink in the time and the effort, you'll be happy in your new home on the red planet.

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8 / 10
Mar 20, 2018

Surviving Mars is a bit frustrating at times, and should communicate the mechanics better, but it's still a great strategy game that combine a sincere theme with involving mechanics.

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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 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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