Stronghold Games

SG6005

Terraforming Mars

Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 4 reviews
 
average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 4 reviews
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4 Reviews
Reviewed by Laura T., from United Kingdom
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great Game

Got as a gift for hubby’s birthday - Very happy husband!

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Reviewed by Andrew, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Top Game

Wonderful game mechanics, great theme and surprisingly accessible. If you're an experienced board gamer, you'll love the mechanics, the pieces and the game length. If you're a newbie, I'd recommend giving this game a go. Don't be put off the number of pieces or the complex look. The game is really about playing card after card and then doing what the cards say. One of my favourite board games.

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Reviewed by Steve S., from United Kingdom
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Good game - not sure on strategy

It’s a good game but so much going on it’s not simple to understand what your strategy should be. After a few turns you’ll be inundated with resources and cards and remembering what you took last time can easily be overwritten by what you got this turn

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Reviewed by David S., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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TERRAFORMING MARS

Well, its a couple of years on now and TM is still one of the games I am always happy to bring to the table, once you have mastered the basics I would recommend purchasing the Preludes expansion to speed up the first act and turmoil for the upgraded player boards.

Your goal is to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars. The winner is the player with the most victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system and doing other commendable things such as sending a meteor hurtling into your opponent's hydroponic farm or introducing penguins to the habitat.

It's also worth having a look at Thingiverse for some of the amazing upgrades you can make to your game (if you have access to a 3D printer).

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In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different ones) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources. Many cards also have requirements and they become playable when the temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage increases enough. Buying cards is costly, so there is a balance between buying cards (3 megacredits per card) and actually playing them (which can cost anything between 0 to 41 megacredits, depending on the project). Standard Projects are always available to complement your cards.

Your basic income, as well as your basic score, is based on your Terraform Rating (starting at 20), which increases every time you raise one of the three global parameters. However, your income is complemented with your production, and you also get VPs from many other sources.

Each player keeps track of their production and resources on their player boards, and the game uses six types of resources: MegaCredits, Steel, Titanium, Plants, Energy, and Heat. On the game board, you compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles, and greenery tiles. You also compete for different Milestones and Awards worth many VPs. Each round is called a generation (guess why) and consists of the following phases:

1) Player order shifts clockwise.
2) Research phase: All players buy cards from four privately drawn.
3) Action phase: Players take turns doing 1-2 actions from these options: Playing a card, claiming a Milestone, funding an Award, using a Standard project, converting plant into greenery tiles (and raising oxygen), converting heat into a temperature raise, and using the action of a card in play. The turn continues around the table (sometimes several laps) until all players have passed.
4) Production phase: Players get resources according to their terraform rating and production parameters.

When the three global parameters (temperature, oxygen, ocean) have all reached their goal, the terraforming is complete, and the game ends after that generation. Count your Terraform Rating and other VPs to determine the winning corporation!

 

1-5 PLAYERS | 120 MINS | AGES 12+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 4 reviews
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4 Reviews
Reviewed by Laura T., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great Game

Got as a gift for hubby’s birthday - Very happy husband!

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Reviewed by Andrew, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Top Game

Wonderful game mechanics, great theme and surprisingly accessible. If you're an experienced board gamer, you'll love the mechanics, the pieces and the game length. If you're a newbie, I'd recommend giving this game a go. Don't be put off the number of pieces or the complex look. The game is really about playing card after card and then doing what the cards say. One of my favourite board games.

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Reviewed by Steve S., from United Kingdom
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Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Good game - not sure on strategy

It’s a good game but so much going on it’s not simple to understand what your strategy should be. After a few turns you’ll be inundated with resources and cards and remembering what you took last time can easily be overwritten by what you got this turn

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Reviewed by David S., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

TERRAFORMING MARS

Well, its a couple of years on now and TM is still one of the games I am always happy to bring to the table, once you have mastered the basics I would recommend purchasing the Preludes expansion to speed up the first act and turmoil for the upgraded player boards.

Your goal is to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars. The winner is the player with the most victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system and doing other commendable things such as sending a meteor hurtling into your opponent's hydroponic farm or introducing penguins to the habitat.

It's also worth having a look at Thingiverse for some of the amazing upgrades you can make to your game (if you have access to a 3D printer).

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All online orders are picked from our separate warehouse. We always ensure that your games are well packed before leaving. Wherever possible we'll re-use a cardboard box that we received games in from one of our suppliers. We figure it's better that way for our planet. But we do also use new boxes and wraps. If you have a strong preference either way please let us know in your Order Comments.
 

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