Terraforming Marsby Aethyna May 4, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Compete against other corporations to terraform Mars and make it Earth-like enough for future colonizers to live in in this strategy-based digital adaptation of a popular board game, Terraforming Mars! Will your corporation be victorious in cornering the terraforming market on Mars? Play Now Similar Games Played
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Compete against other corporations to terraform Mars and make it Earth-like enough for future colonizers to live in in this strategy-based digital adaptation of a popular board game, Terraforming Mars! Join the race to increase the red planet’s temperature and atmospheric oxygen content, as well as to artificially create up to 9 oceans. Will your corporation be victorious in cornering the terraforming market on Mars?
As you may expect from a board game, Terraforming Mars is a very strategic game. In this game, you control a corporation – there are many available but you’ll only have at most 3 to choose from every time you boot up a game; each corporation has their own set of perks – and your goal is to make Mars Earth-like enough to live freely on it.
However, you’re not alone in this race to terraform Mars. There will be other corporations a.k.a. players who will try to beat your score… and boy! There are many ways for you to earn points that will contribute to your final score, whether it is to earn as many Victory Points (VP) as you can, or have a highest terraform rating (TR). You can earn VP by playing certain cards, collecting on Milestones and Awards, or owning a ton of greeneries and cities, while you can increase your TR by contributing to the terraforming effort directly, that is by increasing the temperature (up to 8ºC), the oxygen level (up to 14%), and the number of ocean tiles (up to 9).
The game features a wide variety of cards that you can play during your round. Cards can have certain tags and these tags may even help you earn certain Awards and Milestones, as well as unlock access to other cards. However, unlike standard card games, where the cards are drawn and automatically added to your hand, you actually have to decide whether or not to buy any of the cards you’ve drawn. Game currency, MegaCredits or MC, is very limited in supply since you’ll need it to do literally anything in this game, aside from Resources, so you might want to make sure you’re making the most of it and not spending your money unnecessarily on cards that you don’t need.
After every generation, every player in the game will also gain resources like steel, titanium, plants, energy, and heat, if their resource production value is more than 0. These resources can be used in one of two ways – you can wait until you have 8 of them before converting say… plants or heat into TR - greeneries that will increase oxygen by 1 step or directly increase the temperature by 1 step, respectively. You can sometimes even use these resources as a form of currency and trade it for another item as allowed in the cards you play. Any unspent energy, on the other hand, will automatically be converted into heat after a generation ends.
For steel and titanium, they can be used to decrease the M$ cost of playing certain cards. Generally, each metal used will decrease the MC cost by 2, but there are several modifiers, like cards and corporation perks, that will change this general rule.
Terraforming Mars is an incredibly nuanced board game, especially since every aspect of the gameplay are interconnected in some way. and it may take you a while to learn how amazingly strategic the game can be. You and your opponents will basically be tiptoeing around each other, trying to not give the other side any extra edge, while keeping their trump cards to themselves. I also reckon its digital version does help make the game progress a lot smoothly as compared to playing the physical version of the board game. After all, the AI can’t simply “forget” the rules, right?
Terraforming Mars comes in three game modes as well, namely Local, Solo Challenge and Multiplayer. Local mode is where you can duke it out with an AI or your friend who’s just right beside you, while Multiplayer will allow you to take on any player around the globe. Note that you can somewhat customize the games you play, and there aren’t many options but what’s there is enough.
Solo Challenge, on the other hand, is the game’s single player mode where you’re given 14 generations to terraform Mars all by yourself. This is possible with at least two players, but if it’s you alone, then it is most definitely a challenge!
As fun as this game is, I’d say that Terraforming Mars can be a quite complicated game for the beginner and if you’re new, you may require several playthroughs after the tutorial before you can play the game competently.
Since the game can seem daunting to many players, the small community that remained would usually consist of mostly hardcore board game enthusiasts. So, if you’re looking for a random multiplayer match against an easy opponent, chances are… you won’t get one. It might be best to really up your skills by taking on increasingly harder difficulty AI opponents first. The AI in this game can put up quite a challenge!
I absolutely love the graphics in Terraforming Mars. The art style used here looks modern and yet clean-cut (no clutter) enough to serve its purpose nicely. The many distinct sound effects used in this game also worked brilliantly to notify you of certain events happening, even if you’re not looking at the screen.
If you’re a huge fan of sci-fi-themed board games and are up for a challenge, Terraforming Mars is a somewhat moderately-paced game where you can put your strategic mind to the test and try to be at the forefront of the effort to terraform Mars. The game may seem daunting at first due to its many components and features, but after a few solid games, you should be able to play the game at a somewhat competent level.