Terraforming Mars Stratergy Game, Pack of 1
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- Compete for different Milestones and Awards worth many VPs
- Over 200 different projects to complete
- 1 to 5 players ages 12 and up
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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.
How to play
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
Build a better world
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.
A new home for mankind
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!
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Online reviews had prepared me for mediocre component quality and poor artwork. Component quality was as expected yet still mildly disappointing considering the cost of the game. The board is a lighter weight than that of most games I own and I feel like I must be super careful when unfolding it to keep from accidentally tearing it at the scored spots. The player boards are printed on a pretty flimsy card stock but nothing that can't be improved with some laminate. The box, however, was sub-par and the clever but cheap cardboard tray inside was destroyed by shipping.
While my first impression was that the game board was small and drab, I quickly realized that the board was perfectly sized. Much of the game is played out on the tableau of cards each player creates in front of themselves and on the player boards that they use to manage resources. The game board is primarily used to track victory points and the game ending parameters by placing various tiles and player markers on the surface of the planet. The drab topography of Mars quickly fills with colorful tiles and and player markers and looks very impressive by the end of the game.
The only real problem lies with the packaging. The box is of a lighter quality that most of the games on the market and does not need to be nearly as large as it is. It is much to large too hold the folded game board securely. They try to account for the small board the larger box with a clever cardboard tray that is cut, scored and folded to hold the board floating in the middle above a center area intended for the other components. The tray is printed to look like the surface of Mars and would be quite neat were it not printed on such a cheap grade of cardboard that it was destroyed in shipping. The game board and components are too heavy for the tray and a good shake (like a kid with a Christmas present or a UPS deliveryman) will cause the heavy components to destroy the tray that holds them.
Again, I consider the game to be a must own. I do, however, suspect that I will wish that I had waited for the second edition with improved components and packaging. When you shell out $60.00 for what essentially amounts to an intellectual property and some cardboard, you should get quality cardboard!
The gameplay is fun and has depth. It's an engine builder, in which you try to up the resources you produce in order to work on projects or plant greenery, etc. I really enjoyed playing the game.
I had to dock a star due to the quality of the components. I have a fairly good sized board game collection, and I must say out of all of the games I've purchased, some substantially cheaper than this one, this game has THE worst components. The cards are nearly paper thin and flimsy. I had to sleeve them to be sure that they'd last multiple plays. The paint started flaking off the metallic cubes after ONE playthrough. The player mats could seriously benefit from an overlay. But worse than that is they're also very thin and flimsy. The box itself doesn't seem terribly sturdy. For 50+ dollars, I certainly expect better quality. At minimum, the paint should not be flaking off the cubes. They will probably need to be replaced eventually.
Finally, the art direction on the game is a really questionable mishmash of stock photos and art.
So while this is a really fun game and I really love the theme, this game could seriously benefit from a second edition with better components and better art. It seems like this game was produced the cheapest way possible. At least this game has really fun gameplay as its saving grace.