Surviving Mars is a sci-fi settlement builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Players choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for their colony. They can build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities, and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand their settlement.

Players cultivate their own food, mine minerals, or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.

There will be challenges to overcome. Execute strategies and improve a colony’s chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world.

Features Edit

Building a sustainable colony in space

Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges players to build a smart, functional colony. Bad planning isn’t about traffic jams, it’s about survival of colonists. Rolling blackouts in a city constructed in a place without oxygen could spell doom.

Individually simulated colonists

Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence the needs and behavior of the other colonists. Things can get really interesting if chief scientists develop alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab.

Futuristic Space Dome construction

Retro-futuristic super structures housing colonists, factories, and commercial buildings with their own “neighborhood personality.” Create colonies that value science over everything else, while tired workers drink their pay away at a local bar, or attempt a utopia among the stars.

Exploration of Mars’ secrets

Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring a colony great fortune or terrible ruin. What is that sphere that manifested itself outside colony HUB B, and is it friendly?

Randomized research tree

Combine static and random research through experimentation, which allows for a different experience for each journey through the game. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars's surface.

Unique retro-futuristic aesthetic

A sleek, modern take on the bright futurism of the 1960s. A time of exploration and adventure.

Expansive mod support

Craft fantastic buildings, parks, or even a mystery to share through Surviving Mars’s extensive and convenient modding tools. Share creations with the community to build the perfect society.


Cloud Save Support, Full Controller Support and Paradox Achievements

Pre-Order bonus Edit

Pre-ordering Surviving Mars rewarded players with the digital original soundtrack and an exclusive set of in-game dome styles inspired by Paradox Interactive’s interstellar empire-builder, Stellaris.

Editions Edit

In addition to the Standard Edition of Surviving Mars there are two additional editions, including a Season Pass.

Digital Deluxe
  • Base Game
  • The “Metropolis” Building Set
  • Radio Station
  • New Housing Styles
First Colony
  • Base Game
  • The “Metropolis” Building Set
  • Radio Station
  • New Housing Styles
  • Season Pass
Season Pass
  • IMPORTANT: Season Pass Requires Base Game
  • First Expansion (Release & Details TBA)
  • First Content Pack(Release & Details TBA)
  • Second Expansion(Release & Details TBA)
  • Second Content Pack(Release & Details TBA)

System Requirements Edit

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or newer/OSX 10.9 or newer/Ubuntu 14 x86 or newer
  • Processor: Dual-core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel integrated video HD 4000 or higher with 1 GB of video RAM (Windows)/GeForce 600/AMD Radeon 7000 or higher with 1 GB of video RAM (Mac/Linux)
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or newer/OSX 10.9 or newer/Ubuntu 14 x86 or newer
  • Processor: Fast quad-core CPUs
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 970-level GPU with 4 GB of video RAM
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

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