Terraforming Mars Board Game
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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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From the manufacturer
The taming of the Red Planet has begun
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.
As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet. Experience 'Science Future' as you compete to be the most successful corporation on Mars.
Will your corporation lead the way into humanity’s new era?
In Terraforming Mars, you play a corporation and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points.
Victory Points 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.
What's in the Box
An accurate map of mars
The game board is an accurate map of the Tharsis region of Mars, including Valles Marineris, 3 of the 4 great volcanos, and the Viking site where the first man-made lander touched down.
Player boards and markers
5 Player Boards where you keep track of production and money. Over 400 markers! 200 Player Markers (transparent plastic cubes), 200 Resource Markers (metallic plastic cubes), and 3 Game Board Markers (white plastic cubes).
Cards and more
Over 230 cards representing different corporations and projects. 80 tiles that you place on the board to make oceans, forests, cities and more! And of course, a rulebook.
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 in doing the best work, with victory points awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar systems and other commendable achievements. The players acquire unique project cards, which represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. You compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles and greenery tiles. When the terraforming process is complete, the player corporation with the most victory points wins.
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|Item Dimensions||11.6 x 2.8 x 11.6 in||11.8 x 3.5 x 11.8 in||4 x 11.81 x 14.57 in||3.93 x 8.66 x 10.63 in||0.5 x 8.8 x 10.3 in||1.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 in|
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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.