Is There Life On Mars?

Dualshockers shared – “Haemimont Games’ Surviving Mars is a fun and challenging city builder that rewards you for your patience and experimentation.”


The colonization of outside worlds has been explored in video games for decades. Red Faction, Doom, Mass Effect, and more have all brought human life to the red planet. However, there haven’t been many that put you in direct control of the colonization process. Sure, it has been explored to a certain degree but the process is overshadowed by a more pressing issue. Typically, it’s some sort of enemy threat. Haemimont Games (makers of Tropico 5) and Paradox Interactive (publisher of Cities: Skylines) decided to put the colonization process in the forefront with its newest release, Surviving Mars.

This initial set-up is a creative take on an action you typically choose in a simple menu at the start of a game. It not only dictates how difficult the game will be but highlight the strategies you will want to take when setting up your colony. Seeing the difficulty bonus percentage increase and fluctuate depending on my choices had me experimenting with different combinations, trying to achieve the easiest and hardest modes possible.

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