It’s become hard to be innovative with 4X strategies, but Paradox Interactive seems to do it every single time. Their newest agreement with Haemimont Games to design Surviving Mars is yet another jackpot. The new release has you leaving the Earth and moving to Mars. You are tasked with building a human colony that can be self-sufficient. But can you overcome all the challenges waiting at the Red Planet?
Prepare Mars for the People
Your endeavor on Mars is sponsored by an organization or country from the Earth. You will have objectives set by them, but they will not be too demanding. It would be something like “get some people and keep them alive for a couple of years.” That means you can’t build a colony right off the bat. Instead, you will need to use drones and rovers to explore the planet. The goal is to find a perfect landing spot. It is recommended that this is close to at least one essential resource (concrete or water, for example).
Each choice you make in Surviving Mars has a consequence. For example, you can get water by building extractors or vaporators. The latter one is more environmentally friendly, but they produce less water.
Fortunately, the game starts simple and with an excellent tutorial mode. It will explain the basics of gameplay, and you will soon be ready to create your first dome and invite colonists to your first settlement. That is where the real challenge begins.
Can You Keep Them Alive?
Oxygen, water, and food might be the primary needs of the people in your dome. However, you know how humans are spoiled? They will soon be asking you for various structures, and it is essential to keep them happy. It’s up to you what you will include into the limited space of your dome. You have the option of building a nursery, school, and playground to stimulate population growth. You will also need shops and bars for adult entertainment. But don’t forget structures that can contribute to food research and production. There is no single right formula for designing the dome, but you need to ensure to cover all aspects that your colonists may require.
Not only you will have to keep them alive and happy, but you will also have to deal with issues unique to the Red Planet. Those include freezing nights, dust storms, to name just a few. Fortunately, in most cases, you will have enough time to resolve them. You can also ask your home planet to send you a rocket with extra resources, but it will cost you a lot of money.
Although it seems that it begins slowly, the game quickly adds extra layers of depth. In fact, it becomes immensely deep that you will be thankful the graphics are so simplistic. That is the best way to keep track of everything and see what is going on in your colony.