Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars Board Game Review

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Terraforming Mars Board Game Review

Mankind has begun terraforming the planet Mars. Large multinational companies are being sponsored by the Earth World Government to start huge projects to increase the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable by humans.

In Terraforming Mars, you take the role of one of the companies and work together in the terraforming process. However, you will compete for victory points that are awarded for:

  • your contribution to the terraforming process
  • your advancement of human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and
  • completing key projects

You will start new projects by acquiring unique project cards (over two hundred different ones) by buying them to your hand.  The cards give you immediate bonuses, as well as increase your resource production capability. Many cards also have conditions and they become usable when the temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage reaches certain levels. You will need to balance between buying project cards and playing them as they will cost you.

Your base income, as well as your base score, is based on your Terraform Rating, which improves every time you improve the terraforming process.

You track of their production and resources on your player boards. You will compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles, and greenery tiles. You will also compete for different Milestones and Awards that are worth many Victory Points.

When the terraforming process is complete, the game ends. Count your Terraform Rating and other VPs to determine the winning corporation!

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    Pros

    • Players compete but they need to cooperate with each other as well
    • Highly competitive and players can adopt different strategies to win
    • 200 of project cards make every game unique and adds to replay value

    Cons

    • Functional design and very basic card art
    • Player boards are of basic quality

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    Game Features

    Recommended Age 12
    Estimated Game Time 120 min
    Min number of players 1
    Max number of players 5
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