Earth is dying. In a desperate effort to save humanity, all the nations of Earth pool their dwindling resources together one last time to construct and equip three space ships. The mission: Terraform Mars and pave the way for human settlement of the planet.
User reviews: Mixed (27 reviews) - 62% of the 27 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 7, 2014

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About This Game

Terraformer Expedition to Mars is a first/third person 'Hard Science' based 3D simulation of survival, exploration and terraforming set on the planet Mars.

The simulation unfolds in three parts:

•The first phase is to survive on Mars using only a few canisters of oxygen, hydrogen and water and the shattered remains of your initial space craft. You will use these and the resources of the planet itself to create your own light, heat, water, air and food.

•The second phase is exploration of the planet itself: where are the other ships? Who shot you down in the first place? You will do so in a beautiful and realistically rendered 3D environment complete with dynamic interactions of light, heat, day/night cycles, and Martian geology and volcanology.

•Third and most challenging, you need to transform the lifeless, desolate and frozen wasteland into a new home for Mankind. You will do this from scratch, using constructed tools, machinery, and Earth born bacteria and plant life carefully nurtured and strategically placed. You will create a complete atmosphere, hydrosphere, and a complex biosphere - step by agonizing step - as you fight to stave off the cold, the hunger, and the loneliness of a world that will kill you without a thought, with no one to hear you scream.

Save Earth, terraform Mars.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Single Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible, 256 MB (Shader Model 2.0 required)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 1024MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD 4830 10242MB graphics card or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Early Access Review
Glitchy, buggy, and rough around the edges. If the developers keep up the work it might be interesting, but for now it's a little too unstable, a little too difficult to control, and a little too unclear about how to play or craft to be playable. Invest if you dare, but realize that this is an extremely early alpha at best right now.

UPDATE (11/19/2015):

The game continues to be plagued with bugs which will cause random and frequent crashes to desktop. I wish I could play this game but I can't. Crafting a shovel seems to have a 25% chance of crashing the game, even after several months of waiting for this issue to be fixed. Crashes while loading are also common, as well as a bug where you can jump, hit the ground, stay in a floating animation, and forever be unable to jump again. This and many more bugs make the game unfortunately unplayable, and as such I can't reccomend it, since it appears these bugs will be with us for a long, long time.

UPDATE (2/8/2016):

Good and bad news. The good news: game is stable now- I didn't experience a single volatile crash in about fifteen minutes of trying it out.

The bad news is that everything else about the game is still the same. The tutorial is still underwhelming and doesn't explain how to do much of anything besides craft a pickaxe or open our inventory. The third person camera still clips through the planet. There appear to be absolutely no changes or additions besides improved stability (although that may just be luck) from when I last played in November. Level 1 pickaxes can mine the brown dirt near the crash site but not the tan-gray surface dirt, and I still don't know why and will probably never find out. I still don't know what a bucket is for, or how to use it. Our astronaut even still has empty eye sockets that creep me the hell out and make me wonder if this isn't Mars but instead some sort of spherical purgatory. I cannot reccomend this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
I would be without a conscience if I agreed with the claim that this game is finished. The interface is just awful, the tutorial and guides are all but useless and the game crashes. A lot.

Has the game improved in the past year? Yes. greatly.. is it worth getting? If you like survival crafting games? Yes. very much so. Is the game a full release? Nope. But they are very close.

What this game needs? A more intuitive and streamlined user interface, a more comprehensive tutorial covering MANY aspects of the game in a virtual environment. A sequence at the beginning of the game in which your character crashes TO the planets surface. and of course... Less crashing :3

This games' flaws do NOT outweigh what they have done properly so I DO strongly recommend getting this game, if only to support the developers to encourage them to update the game.
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111 of 138 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
58.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Early Access Review
This isn't one of those games that you sit down and click away with one eye open and half a brain engaged -- this game is HARD. Not hard like impossible for bad reasons, or stupid puzzles. You're marooned on Mars with no support, no other people, and no plan but to survive. How easy would that be in real life? And you have an entire planet to deal with, and explore. You have to change Mars itself into Earth using pretty much nothing as starting equipment. It's a long, long process and you have to really THINK about what you're doing the whole way. This game isn't for the average 6 year old IQ who just wants to blow stuff up. You have to build and maintain everything you need to live, keep it all topped up, hope you are able to grow enough food to survive, bust your butt to ensure you can get enough fuel to just keep from freezing, keep the air flowing, and keep every bit of lichen, or bacteria, or shrub alive in conditions harsher than anything Earth has to offer. Making Mars into Earth isn't easy, but man is it worth it.
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60 of 77 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Graphics: For a large voxel, i.e. minecraft type game, when smoothed, looks really good, when in construction mode, blocky, still looks fairly good.

Sound: Monotnous. At the moment, I've only noticed one track playing which is very ambient. The breathing you get naturally is annoying, but can be tuned out.

Options: There are no real options at the moment, other than resolution, windowed/fullscreen, texture, and anti-aliasing. Definitely a point that needs worked on.

Gameplay: For 3 arks in this game, the first two are relatively quick, and the third part, is just waiting. Overall lack of depth.

Bugs: It is still beta, but I would say it feels more like a late alpha. Lots of glitches to the game. Certain people get horrendous lag in certain areas. Dissapearing items, and such forth.

Overall: I would recommend this game with one caveat, if you want a polished execution of a game, at this moment, this is not the game for you. But, if you want to have some fun, in an adult form of minecraft, this game could be worth your while. Overall, if you are not sure of the game, I'd wait a while till you buy it, but definitely keep an eye on it
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
I really want to like this, but I can't recommend it without serious stability improvements. Constant CtDs and no autosave make this an exercise in frustration, and annoyingly if you're interested more in the terraforming aspect there's no way to avoid a fairly tedious dungeon crawl early on.

Infrequent updates don't help - going months between patches is not acceptable when your game is this unstable. This could be a great game, but at the moment it's a bug ridden mess with a terrible UI. Given the apparent lack of developer attention I wouldn't risk money on this while it's in Early Access.

Edit: retried after release. Crashed to desktop within 10 seconds of starting. Don't bother.
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