Terraform is a relaxing turn based puzzle game set in the future. Alter over 200 planets to allow settlements and forests to survive. Planets are made of hexagonal tiles that can be altered using many different tools and weather conditions.
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Mostly Positive (33 reviews) - 78% of the 33 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2015

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“If you're looking for a very challenging game, and you don't immediately balk at the idea of a mobile game being ported to Steam, I would suggest trying it out.”
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About This Game

Terraform is a relaxing turn based puzzle game set in the future. Alter over 200 planets to allow settlements and forests to survive. Planets are made of hexagonal tiles that can be altered using many different tools and weather conditions. Use rain weather to fill a dried out lake with water, hot weather to prevent forests from expanding too far or burn them down, spread deserts and more.

Key Features

  • 220 Planets to solve!
  • 13 unique hexagon tiles, including mountains, water, soil, forests, deserts, settlements and volcanoes
  • 4 weather types! Fair, rain, hot, and snow!
  • 13 different tools to alter the environment, including forest seeds, settlers and asteroids
  • Level Editor
  • Steam workshop integration. Make, share, download and play community planets
  • Turn-based gameplay. Sit back, relax and think about your next move
  • Natural disasters like forest fires and hurricanes
  • Take yourself through University, your first job and finally take down the big corporations by yourself
  • Terraform ratings and online leaderboards. Clear levels more effectively to increase your score

Create Natural disasters like forest fires and hurricanes and use them to Terraform planets to reach your goal of becoming the most renown Terraformer in the Galaxy.
Different tools can be used like, shovels to dig a path for water to flow, plants to create forests, asteroids to create huge craters to fill with water, the windwaker to change the wind direction and many more.
Compare your Terraform rating with others online. On each level you can see what the best online record is as well as upload your total score and compare on the leader-boards.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: -
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 3GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB, GeForce GTX 280 or similar
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (33 reviews)
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WorthyWoman
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I did not expect to enjoy TERRAFORM so much! The play is simple. There is no time limitation, purely "analyze the situation and come up with the best answer" type. It is an excellent game when I need a short break.

Using speech recognition (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) as my mouse, I found this to be a disability-friendly game.
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fired_earth
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
crashed when went to fullscreen crashed when uninstalling crashed when reinstalling is now diong something wierd where steam keeps trying to install and uninstall at same time somehow got it working ehhh... absolutely not worth the price or the crashes.
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V R.
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
I've been looking for a game like this for a LONG time: a turn based puzzle game that isn't too abstract (no numbers, black squares, white backgrounds and soothing tunes), with a clear turn limit.
It sort reminds me of Battle Isle without war (or units) and Settlers of Catan regarding the size of the playfield and how you progress on it.
Terraform feels like a 4X game lite (you've got to spread settlements on most planets) mixed with a nature simulation. Deserts grow, water flows, forests get bigger, all based on clear rules.

It's not really pretty - not that that matters - but the best puzzle game I've played this year.
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Desim
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Too casual and boring, I expected more depth and I was a fool to believe that for that price.
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Wargriz
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
Fairly simple game, definitely not over price. They introduce you to each new concept and tool slowly so you don't have to worry about getting lost. Unfortunately its simply boring. Each level only appears to have one "proper" way to complete. I say proper because levels eventually have bonus objectives but those are basically just for you to try for a "perfect" run through. If you're really curious you can pick it up, and not worry since its so cheap.
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DarkNetFan
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Somewhat interesting puzzle game. As far as I got it wasn't really a challenge, but the learning curve is very flat, so it might get challenging once more concepts are introduced.

Unfortunately, it's not available on Linux. On windows (10), it first didn't let me change to full screen or change the resolution, then when I restarted the game wouldn't start. Definitely not recommended.
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p0d
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
Very original. Very fiendish. If you like puzzles you will like this.
There are several different kinds of terrain, eg. rock, mountain, desert, basin, half-filled basin, lake, seedlings, trees, parched trees. You are given a starting position and your task is to turn the target hexes into the specified terrain. You can use different tools, eg. seeds, spade, and specify the type of weather e.g. rain, hot, or fair. The puzzle is turn-based and after every turn each hex may change according to the rules, hopefully getting you closer to your goal with each turn. The constraints which pose the challenge are nicely balanced by the good range of strategic options which present themselves at each turn. It's not easy to think of a similar game to compare it with so all I can say is: if you like the sound of an original turn-based puzzler, give it a go. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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mikeydsc
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
Do you like puzzles? Do you like puzzles that make you think? Do you like puzzles that make you scratch your head?

Well Terraform seems to do all the above and more. It has a great learning curve slowing throwing in new elements with each new puzzle and then a puzzle or 2 to reinforce what you have learned so far. It is definately making me think more as it goes. You can start a puzzle and stare at it for a bit to get a logical procession in your head and then find it only half works. Puzzles are supposed to be just that - A PUZZLE. Good job of doing that.

For the low price it will give you plenty to think about.

Its a simple to learn yet complex game worth taking a look at.
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KipofMudd
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
A great idea for a puzzle game. You can see what is going on in the videos but just to sum it up: you're trying to get certain geographic hexagons to turn into other geographic hexagons, or stop them from becoming a different hexagon. All in all this game is not particularly hard until you get to year four.

The only negative review for this game is actually the most helpful review because it states that the game is jokingly easy until you get to year four (level 47) where the puzzle is just insanely hard and requires you to completely remember everything you've learned from the previous years. That's fine and all because that's how puzzle games usually proceed with upping their difficulty, however if you aren't planning to just play through a large amount of the game in one setting, you will most likely have forgotten a good amount of the ways to do some of the things that you need to.

I honestly would not recommend this game if it wasn't for the fact that the price tag is so, so low for the amount of content this game has. Get this game if you love puzzle games but make sure you actually like a reallly hard challenge.
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Illimitus
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 10, 2015
A fun game for a good price.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
Terraform is a fantastic turn based puzzle game. It is quite challenging while learning the rules, however the University levels are very good at introducing game concepts one at a time, and mistakes aren't punished while you figure out terraforming solutions; indeed there are undo tools built in.

Well done, Jonas Holgersson!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
The game starts out very easy and work your way through everything you need to know, but quickly get progressively harder. Who would have known that you could make a turn-based puzzle game this fun! It's very easy to spend up to hours trying to figure out how to get the gold star and if you can beat the score on hard maps.

Can highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy making or solving challenging puzzles. It's intuitive and easy to learn, but all the tools and the built-in editor will give you fun for hours, alone or trying to beat your friends on hard puzzles!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
It's a new-thinking puzzle-game that starts out easy and get progressively harder as you go on. There are maps that are really challenging and fun!

As an awesome bonus you also get the map editor, so when you've finished the main game you can create your own maps to challenge your friends! Why not have a speedrun tournament where you see who can finish the other persons map the fastest? It's really fun!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
First:
Do not mistake this for another Sim Earth! It is a puzzle game.

That being said, Terraform is a very challenging puzzle game with a lot of different elements that interact in plausible ways (shovels dig holes, hot weather dries soil, cold weather freezes water, etc.) The plausibility makes it easy to remember the rules of interaction. It starts of easy and gets pretty tough towards the end. If you like a challenge, this is the game for you. An editor promises unlimited puzzling fun.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
A great idea for a puzzle game. You can see what is going on in the videos but just to sum it up: you're trying to get certain geographic hexagons to turn into other geographic hexagons, or stop them from becoming a different hexagon. All in all this game is not particularly hard until you get to year four.

The only negative review for this game is actually the most helpful review because it states that the game is jokingly easy until you get to year four (level 47) where the puzzle is just insanely hard and requires you to completely remember everything you've learned from the previous years. That's fine and all because that's how puzzle games usually proceed with upping their difficulty, however if you aren't planning to just play through a large amount of the game in one setting, you will most likely have forgotten a good amount of the ways to do some of the things that you need to.

I honestly would not recommend this game if it wasn't for the fact that the price tag is so, so low for the amount of content this game has. Get this game if you love puzzle games but make sure you actually like a reallly hard challenge.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
Cute little puzzle game. Starts out simple, but gets more advanced over time. New mechanics are introduced gently.

Due to the low price I would recommend this to anyone looking for a casual puzzler. Very suitable for children.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
360.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
A beautifully challenging set of puzzles. I especially like the graded scoring system. If you just want to spend a few minutes, you can look at the hint and complete the puzzle fairly quickly. More challenging is to get the gold bonus (usually a different method to the hint so you can work it out for yourself). Finally, for the ultimate challenge, try to beat or equal the online rating, which really tests your knowledge of the subtle nuances of the game, especially since the original game has been around for a year on a different platform than the PC version which was my first encounter with Terraform, so people have had time to come up with good ideas for high-scoring solutions. Some planets are so well designed, they have a great number of different solution methods, with some red herrings (like tools you don't need which mislead you and some obvious methods suggested by terrain which end up failing for a subtle reason). Okay, not EVERY planet is a work of art (some of the planets introducing asteroids are a bit perfunctory in comparison to the great depth of most levels) but a pretty large number are. I have not managed (yet!) to equal the online rating on quite a few of the puzzles, but any time I equal or beat it gives a real glow of satisfaction. Lateral thinking is needed for some of the best scores, and you need to keep an open mind and avoid making too many assumptions, so it's a real brain workout.

The only quibble I have is that the online ratings don't seem to be completely stable (the game allows me to upload a lower online rating than the original sometimes, which I now try to avoid doing) but hopefully that will be fixed soon.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Do you like puzzles? Do you like puzzles that make you think? Do you like puzzles that make you scratch your head?

Well Terraform seems to do all the above and more. It has a great learning curve slowing throwing in new elements with each new puzzle and then a puzzle or 2 to reinforce what you have learned so far. It is definately making me think more as it goes. You can start a puzzle and stare at it for a bit to get a logical procession in your head and then find it only half works. Puzzles are supposed to be just that - A PUZZLE. Good job of doing that.

For the low price it will give you plenty to think about.

Its a simple to learn yet complex game worth taking a look at.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
First 20 levels : Lots of interesting tools and tactics as I walk through how to play. Nothing is out of reach.

Second 20 levels : Getting harder. I have to replay multiple times and review hints. It all starts to seem forced, like it's exclusively a puzzle game instead of changing a planet for humanity.

Level 47 - first of the 4th year of university. Full stop. No matter what I do, I can't solve the level, to say nothing of attaining the "gold star" that they introduce. Next level is no better. So, I'm stuck, and done.

I'd call this more of a hard core puzzle game. I play very few of these types, and this one lost me before the "real game" even began.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
very cool puzzle game, would love to see this on my Kindle. easy rules, complex interactions.
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