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Surviving Mars (2018) is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth which carry more resources to increase chance of survival.

At the start of the game you choose a sponsoring nation, each with different benefits and drawbacks. After landing your drones and rovers on Mars you set up power, water supply, generators and domes ready for the human colonists to arrive. To progress you must balance the expanding colony with oxygen, food, water, and replacement parts.

Various events introduce plagues, wars, rival corporations, AI revolt and alien contact. Valuable metals can be exported back to Earth for funds. Landing sites also have various natural disasters like dust storms, meteors, cold waves, and dust devils that have a chance of randomly happening, increasing the difficulty.

The combination of terraform a new planet and the implications of corporate alliances make this a fascinating game that's unlike other world-taming experiences.

Our examiner, Thom Robertson, first checked Surviving Mars 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 27 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence.

In the US, ESRB state: Characters may die of malnutrition or commit suicide if their “sanity” levels fall too low; this is conveyed mostly through text, as inhabitants are simply depicted collapsing and lying on the ground after death. Players can also construct turrets to defend their bases from rival corporations' attacks; missiles and explosions accompany these brief attack sequences. Colonists have a variety of character traits that affect their productivity, including alcoholism; text briefly references alcohol addiction (e.g., “We all find our own ways to cope with this pressure. Tsvetan Hasanov finds it in the bottle.”). The word "hell" appears in text.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need good strategic thinking as well as forward planning. Working with limited resources for the best outcome can also require resilience and perseverance.


Surviving Mars usually costs £23.99 to £24.99.

Surviving Mars

Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Surviving Mars

XBox Store Xbox X|S £23.99
XBox Store Xbox One £23.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The additional content is available:
  • Green Planet (PC) - Make Mars habitable and build a second home for humanity.
  • Project Laika - adds a variety of pets and livestock that you can use to benefit your colony and improve life on the Red Planet.
  • Space Race - Compete for milestones and anomalies with several other AI colonies backed by rival sponsors attempting to become this planet’s superpower. You can trade with, respond to distress calls for, issue distress calls to, and even steal important colonists from these competitor colonies as you establish your territory on Mars.
  • Colony Design set - 25 new buildings to give a fresh look to your living, working, and playing quarters.
  • Marsvision Song Contest - radio station featuring all the top pop songs from the sponsor countries who’ve set their sights on Mars.
  • Mysteries Resupply Pack (PC) - adds three new mysteries for players to investigate and survive. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy and Adventure

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night

Developer: Haemimont Games (@HaemimontGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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