Yesterday I covered Asmodee Digital's recent announcement that Terraforming Mars would be officially released on Android today. After a quick look at the Play Store this morning, the game is indeed available for purchase. You can pick it up today for $8.99, and this is a premium release, so there are no in-app purchases or advertisements included. Keep in mind, what you actually receive for $9 is the base board game, so the expansions that exist for the physical version are not included, which means the lack of IAPs may change in the future if these expansions ever make their way to the digital versions of the game.
As expected, Terraforming Mars offers both online and offline multiplayer board-game-based gameplay, and there's even a solo challenge in the mix for those that prefer to play alone. The goal of this title is to form a corporation to then launch a handful of assorted terraforming projects in order to contribute the most substantial changes to Mars in a race to terraform the planet.
Back in October the game was released on Steam, and it's worth noting that the many connection issues that plagued the Steam version upon release appear to have been addressed in the Android release, though Play Store user reviews have mentioned that some gameplay bugs are still present, so hopefully, these smaller issues will be ironed out in the next few days. It's also worth noting that the UI can be difficult to read on smaller phones, so really Terraforming Mars is best played on a tablet or Chromebook, though I was able to play without too much squinting on my Pixel 4, so this comes down to personal preference.
All in all, Terraforming Mars is a competent digital board game adaptation for Android that still has a few minor kinks that need to be worked out. More or less, these issues don't appear to affect the gameplay significantly, though if you do run into any bugs, the devs are accepting user reports through a contact form on its website. So if you're looking for the latest digital board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital and would like to start your mission terraforming the Red Planet, now's your chance.
Terraforming Mars Is Now Available on Mobile
Launch Trailer: Race to Terraform the Red Planet!
PARIS - December 4, 2019 - Asmodee Digital, a leader in video game entertainment inspired by board games, is proud to announce that Terraforming Mars is now available for mobile & tablet on the App Store (9,99 € / $8.99) and Google Play (8,99 € / $8.99).
The full premium experience from the previously released Steam (PC) version, including all content and features such as the draft variant, is now finally available on mobile. Developed with the help of Jacob Fryxelius, designer of the original board game, Terraforming Mars on mobile delivers all the fun and deep strategic dilemmas the original board game is acclaimed for. This new version leverages a UI specially designed for an optimal mobile touch-based experience.
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The Launch Trailer (available for download here), showcases how players can create life on Mars by launching ambitious projects such as titanium mines, animal farming, or human colonization, while competing with one another.
A strategy board game masterpiece designed by Jacob Fryxelius and illustrated by Isaac Fryxelius, Terraforming Mars has received more than 20 awards since its release in 2016. It is currently the third highest ranked board game on BoardGameGeek.
In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, compete to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise its temperature, create a breathable atmosphere and oceans of water. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations, with different profiles based on their specializations (media, heavy industry, finance, biotech or energy). You work together with other corporations in the terraforming process, while competing to get victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system.
Your basic income, as well as your score, is based on your Terraform Rating, which increases every time you raise one of the three global parameters (temperature, oxygen, ocean). When the three global parameters have all reached their goal, you have finished terraforming and the game ends. However, your income is also complemented by your production and you also get victory points from many other sources. These, used in combination with the Terraform Rating, determine the winning corporation.
As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards! Will your corporation lead the way into humanity’s new era?
Turn-based strategy: Choose a specialized corporation, build facilities, research innovative technologies and manage your resources productions.
Life on Mars: Improve the conditions on the Red Planet by warming it up to melt the ice and create oceans, planting oxygen-producing flora and introducing both small and big animals.
Corporation rivalry: It’s a nice forest you’ve planted there - wouldn’t it be a shame if a large asteroid was steered to crash right on it? Develop Projects that will slow down your opponents!
Mars for all: Play solo with AI opponents or with up to 5 human players in online multiplayer games. Multiplayer supports cross-play for all platforms, including PC (Steam).
Game variant: Try the Corporate Era rules, for a more complex game. This variant adds new cards, including 2 new corporations, and focuses on economics and technology. These are projects that do not contribute directly to terraforming, but offer new options for corporations, adding new strategic choices to the game.
Solo Challenge: Finish terraforming the Red Planet before the end of generation 14. Try new rules and features in the most challenging solo mode on the Red Planet.
Draft variant available: Add a new level of strategy and depth by choosing your best cards and blocking your opponents. During the Research Phase, start by drawing 4 cards, choose one and pass the others to the next player. Continue to choose a card and pass the rest on until all cards drawn have been drafted. Which card will you choose? Will you block your opponent from getting a card, or choose one that fits your strategy best?
Terraforming Mars is now available on the App Store (9,99 € / $8.99) and Google Play (8,99 € / $8.99).
Mobile versions require either iOS 10 and above or Android 6.0 and above.
Local contact: Hiro Ito, [email protected]
Asmodee Digital: Cosma Nicolau, [email protected]
All the visual and PR materials, including the trailer, are available here.
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Asmodee Digital, a fully owned subsidiary of the Asmodee Group, is an international publisher and distributor of video games with operations located in Europe, North America, and China. Asmodee Digital manages the creation, design, development, publishing, and marketing of video games for Asmodee Group and third-party creators on PC (Steam), consoles (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One) on mobile (App Store, Google Play, Amazon) and VR (Oculus, PS VR…). Asmodee Digital aims at bringing the best of video gaming with a board game DNA to life with best-selling products such as Gloomhaven, CATAN, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game, Pandemic, Splendor and much more. To learn more, please visit www.asmodee-digital.com.