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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: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 15, 2018
    90
    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. I leave this review excited to get back to watching my swarms of drones scurrying around, and look forward to see how Haemimont will evolve the experience in the coming months.
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    83
    Early feelings of frustrations aside, Surviving Mars offers numerous challenges and satisfying feelings of success with each play through. Definitely not a one and done kind of game, the replay value is quite high. Surviving Mars is well worth the investment if you fancy city builders, and both Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games have experience on their side.
  3. Mar 17, 2018
    81
    Surviving Mars is a great game of management and survival, combining both facets to achieve a unique title.
  4. Mar 15, 2018
    80
    I wish I could sit here and call Surviving Mars an excellent game, because once you get past the eight-ish hours of unnecessary enigmas, it approaches that. It’s rich, intelligent, and deeply moving, succeeding as an entertaining simulation time sink and a profound, uplifting window into the future. And as headache-inducing as it could be, I was always having enough fun to figure it out, and I suppose that says it all. Surviving Mars is flawed, but nonetheless great.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 1, 2018
    70
    A busy, challenging, and intriguing take on the city-building genre. [May 2018, p.86]
  6. Mar 26, 2018
    70
    An addictive little colony sim held back by inconsistent difficulty and stingey tutorials.
  7. Mar 22, 2018
    65
    A realistic and intriguing Mars colonization sim, but with a bad console porting. Small text, messy and uncomfortable controls and complete lack of a proper tutorial keep it from reaching its full potential.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 23, 2020
    9
    Extremly addictive with challangeing resources management.
    Controls are user friendly.
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    7
    There are a few build/sim games on the Xbox One now and even though they aren’t my favourite games in the whole world they do provide me withThere are a few build/sim games on the Xbox One now and even though they aren’t my favourite games in the whole world they do provide me with some enjoyment when done right. Surviving Mars is without a doubt the most mysterious game I’ve played in this specific genre and I must admit that I did enjoy my time with the game despite its apparent shortcomings. In order to enjoy this game to the fullest you have to put up with a few dreary hours at the start. The tutorials seem to go on forever and at times I felt like turning the game off, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t. The gameplay after them boring hours is absolutely brilliant and when everything syncs together you end up having a very immersive and rewarding experience. There are many stories for you to get to grips with in this game and each one is a mysterious tale that makes you want to carry on, which is great. These different stories keep things fresh which is very important because there is a huge amount of content for you to sink your teeth into. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the game has an almost endless amount of replayability and the best thing is that it takes a while for things to become boring again. I will say though that the game does provide you with quite a few frustrating moments along the way and you will no doubt fail a few times during your playthrough. I was however able to look past these frustrating moments in the end and that was mainly down to addictiveness of the game, but I definitely would have liked a little more help every now and then. My biggest gripe with the game was without a doubt the awkward controls. The controls can be incredibly infuriating at the start and I still don’t feel fully comfortable with them, which is a shame. In my opinion they’ve got the presentation side of the game spot on. They’ve managed to do a wonderful job of capturing a sci-fi atmosphere and the visuals and sound design combine together extremely well throughout your time with the game. At the end of the day I appreciate some of the ideas that have been implemented in Surviving Mars and in some ways some of these elements have a unique feeling to them. Unfortunately though the shortcomings the game has stop it from reaching its full potential and these issues will definitely be off-putting for some. That being said if you’re a fan of sci-fi and you like building your own city then you will find a lot of things that tickle your fancy in Surviving Mars. Expand
  3. May 19, 2019
    0
    Franchement, ne sortez pas vos jeux de gestion sur console si vous n'avez aucune idée de ce que vous faites... et non, je ne vais pas brancherFranchement, ne sortez pas vos jeux de gestion sur console si vous n'avez aucune idée de ce que vous faites... et non, je ne vais pas brancher un clavier et une souris sur ma putain de console sinon j'aurais pas pris une console si c'était pour me démerder avec ces ustensiles de bureau dans le canapé ! non mais allo quoi...

    Bref, on comprend vite une chose : aucun effort n'a été fait pour proposer une interface décente à la manette. C'est daubé de A à Z. Comme si ça ne suffisait pas, l'interface générale est confuse et obtuse, à tel point que même les didacticiels censés nous familiariser avec ce foutoir sont des bordels sans nom.

    Anti-ergonomique, anti-intuitif, anti-jouable... mais putain vous êtes loin les gars, redescendez, on est pas sur Pluton ! allo ici la Terre, bande de cons : osez vendre ça, c'est une honte et du foutage de gueule.
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