Terraforming Mars (board game)
|Playing time||120 minutes|
|Skill(s) required||Strategy, tactics, logic|
In Terraforming Mars players take the role of corporations working together to terraform the planet by raising the temperature and creating oxygen, water, and plant and animal life. Players compete to earn the most victory points, which are measured by their contribution to terraforming, as well as building human infrastructure.
Players accomplish these goals by collecting income and resources which allow them to play different cards, which represent either buildings or events, which then increase their income or resources or directly contribute to terraforming the planet or building infrastructure.
The game has been well received by fans and critics, winning or being nominated for multiple awards and accolades.
Players represent competing companies remaking Mars, which is represented by an array of 61 contiguous hexes (with additional unconnected spaces for Phobos and Ganymede at 1 hex each) onto which can be placed oceans, greenery, cities, and other special features. Players accomplish this by spending money and resources to buy cards representing various technologies or buildings used to terraform Mars.
The game ends when three terraforming conditions have been met: the atmosphere's oxygen level has been raised to 14%, the temperature has risen to 8 degrees Celsius, and 9 ocean tiles have been placed.
Popular Mechanics named Terraforming Mars as one of its 50 best games of the year. Polygon named Terraforming Mars its runner up for best game of 2016 and best strategy game of 2016, ars technica listed the game as one of its 20 best games of 2016, and Vulture called it "the best high strategy game of 2016."
Hellas and Elysium and Venus Next were the two runners-up for the Golden Geek award for the best expansion to a game in 2017.
Video game adaptation
A video game adaptation of Terraforming Mars, developed by Asmodee Digital, was released in October 2018. Matt Thrower of Strategy Gamer considered the adaptation to have "too many rough edges to recommend".. However, in a list of Best Board Games On PC from the same site he later revised this opinion, saying "developer Asmodee Digital has stepped up the plate with a host of updates. And while the interface remains a bit obtuse, the game itself is shining as it should."
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