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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: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  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. Apr 2, 2018
    10
    Very interesting game. I play a total of 30+ hours. The idea itself is very exciting, and the implementation is quite good.
  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. Mar 22, 2018
    6
    Bugs need to be fixed. AI needs to be fixed. Also it needs more engaging content and an end game. Otherwise it's very beautiful, fun and couldBugs need to be fixed. AI needs to be fixed. Also it needs more engaging content and an end game. Otherwise it's very beautiful, fun and could easily advance to a score of 8-9 if what i mentioned above is delivered in a future patch. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2018
    4
    This game is basically an ALPHA release. It is clearly incomplete, and missing many basic features. It's actually quite mind-blowing.

    For
    This game is basically an ALPHA release. It is clearly incomplete, and missing many basic features. It's actually quite mind-blowing.

    For example:

    - You can barely zoom out

    - You cannot select more than one unit at once

    - You cannot queue multiple commands whatsoever

    The biggest flaw, however, is the fact that you cannot connect your domes (settlements) in ANY MEANINGFUL WAY. They can share resources. That is all.

    You cannot have citizens living in one dome, and working in another. No matter how closer together they are. A citizen cannot take even one step outside to use a neighboring domes services (like a medical clinic).

    Once you realize this, GOOD LUCK enjoying the game. It completely ruined it and I stopped playing altogether. I wish I knew this before I wasted my weekend.

    I give it a 4 because beyond these core issues, the game shows great promise. I can't wait til it is actually a finished game.
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  6. Apr 7, 2018
    4
    This is a mars colonization simulation that aims to add discovery, tight management with a sandbox feel. I find its various systems to be aThis is a mars colonization simulation that aims to add discovery, tight management with a sandbox feel. I find its various systems to be a mess; the overall feel of the game is mediocre.

    Game play - you start with automated builders to set up a supply chain before you can colonize, those drones are controlled by various control stations, drone rovers and the rockets that you use for supply; the problem I noticed right away is not all drones are active across command areas when there is enough free space at a command. Time management in this game is a mess, structures will wear down by the time time you unload a cargo rocket full of the material it needs for maintenance,
    resource producing buildings will stop working or produce slowly at this point impacting any functional resource chain. Hex based assets and main grid do no work with a managed area, never have; the inability to make a pipe line in the direction that is needed ruins layout design. Time is handled in an asinine manner in whereby the tasks you take do not represent a believable in game disbelief, instead it feels fine tuned to make resources thin.

    Graphics - there great, they are detailed, there is an adequate zoom; no bugs nor lack thereof.

    Sound - adequate, not the best not the worst, and in a game like this, a looping soundtrack is about the norm.

    I would say the game play and shallow feel of this game weigh it down heavily; play it if your a fan of the genre, otherwise you will be disappointed.
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  7. Mar 19, 2018
    0
    Worse game I've ever played. It gets so boring so fast so fast. PlanetBase was a much better game.

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