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  • Summary: Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock moreSurviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day's work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.

    There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony's chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Mar 22, 2018
    90
    Surviving Mars is a marvelous experience of city building, management, exploration and strategizing. Overall polish and good production values all around complete a deep and interesting package that will make genre enthusiasts and Mars fanatics very, very happy.
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Slow but hypnotically absorbing building strategy game. You will feel great while conquering the inhospitable planet, pity for designer’s mistake in not being able to connect the domes. [Issue#285]
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    78
    It is such a pity that Surviving Mars is infested by frustrating bugs, is at times unclear and has some resource balancing issues. Because, despite these problems, it is still a fun game, bursting with potential.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 30, 2018
    73
    During the middle-game the process becomes blatantly boring: as your colony steadily grows, your biggest struggle will be with interface and lack of automation for certain tasks. After hours of going through the motions, you’ll wonder if moving to Mars was a good idea in the first place. [Issue#228, p.48]
  6. Games Master UK
    Mar 22, 2018
    70
    A solid colony builder packed with complex systems, but the red planet feels a little too familiar. [Apr 2018, p.81]
  7. Mar 15, 2018
    55
    I eventually stopped playing after about 30 hours because the game was just too mind-numbingly boring to continue. I was also shocked that I had only played for 30 hours. It felt like at least twice that long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 47
  2. Negative: 16 out of 47
  1. Mar 18, 2018
    10
    Zum Glück gibt es kein Tutorial. - Da wir das erste Mal auf dem Mars sind und uns durchkämpfen müssen eine Zivilisation zu gründen. Ist diesZum Glück gibt es kein Tutorial. - Da wir das erste Mal auf dem Mars sind und uns durchkämpfen müssen eine Zivilisation zu gründen. Ist dies genau der richtige Weg das Spiel mit Trial and Error zu beginnen.

    Grafik 9.5 - schöne Atmosphäre, viele liebevolle Details
    Musik 10 - mehrere Radiostationen zum Auswählen (ähnlich Fallout)
    Spiel 10 - Es gibt viele Perks, unendliche Variationen wie man voran kommt.
    Wiederspielwert 9,5 - viele Geheminisse zu entdecken

    Für mich nach Jahren, endlich eine wunderschöne Marssimulation.
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  2. Dec 12, 2020
    10
    Чудесная игра. Очень атмосферная. Всё потрясающе проработано. Потенциал для многократного прохождения с различными настройками сложности иЧудесная игра. Очень атмосферная. Всё потрясающе проработано. Потенциал для многократного прохождения с различными настройками сложности и изменяемыми условиями - присутствует :) Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    9
    Brilliant builder game, very interesting, reasonably complex mechanics, beautiful graphics & pretty good usability.

    I reckon the really
    Brilliant builder game, very interesting, reasonably complex mechanics, beautiful graphics & pretty good usability.

    I reckon the really negative older reviews were mostly due to a lot of things not completely polished at that point - but now the game is really well playable, bug-free, and the interface is user-friendly.

    And on top, there's some mysteries to uncover. :)

    The game is tons of fun, with only some slight nags, nothing worth crying about.

    The main points that could improve IMO are the in the controls area, eg somewhat sluggish camera handling with mouse.

    Oh, and I think they've missed an opportunity by not having a game 'ending' of some sort.
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  4. May 12, 2021
    6
    Game sucks, it has very little depth and no drive to do anything. :P I did not enjoy the game.
  5. May 12, 2022
    5
    El juego se ve bien y es entretenido, pero siento que siempre le falta algo
  6. Mar 19, 2018
    4
    The concept and graphics are good, the music is too plain. The game is challenging but for the wrong reasons, it's tedious to micromanageThe concept and graphics are good, the music is too plain. The game is challenging but for the wrong reasons, it's tedious to micromanage stockpiles to moves resources around. Drone hubs are not linked so you could be in the scenario where your colonists are starving in one area controlled by a drone hub and another overlap drone hub area of influence has a lot of food. In the XX century we solved this already with cellphones moving from one cell to the other while you move, but not in a Mars colony. So basically you need to move your transports back and forth over and over, no fun in that. Same issue with domes, not linked, so you can have ill colonists in a dome with no infirmary while the dome next to it has. There is a lack of depth as well, you keep fighting againts the micromanagement, all the time, instead of having a major goal. The game gets boring really fast. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2021
    0
    This game gets 0 for sure. It feels like a lame beta release. The colonists do whatever the hell they wish to. That is the only realisticThis game gets 0 for sure. It feels like a lame beta release. The colonists do whatever the hell they wish to. That is the only realistic thing...I assume on Mars that would mean death, but whatever. So, in a nutshell: this game is the perfect example of how a lame AI should work. Expand

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