Terraformers: First Steps on Mars

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a game by Asteroid Lab
Platform: PC
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Terraformers: First Steps on Mars
Terraformers: First Steps on Mars
Terraformers: First Steps on Mars
Terraformers: First Steps on Mars

If the name Terraformers: First Steps on Mars sounds familiar to you that is probably because this is actually a “preview” of a game that is called Terraformers which is coming out pretty soon. I love it when companies do this and this serves as a prequel mission to the main game to try and get you hyped for when the full game comes out. As someone who has always had a real interest in Mars and space exploration in general, a game like this is always going to grab my attention when it is announced.

20 Years Before The Mission

As I said, Terraformers: First Steps on Mars is a prequel game to the main game Terraformers and I know that this sounds like it is going to be some kind of knock off from the Transformers, but that is not the case. The story of what is going on here is that before we can really make a dent in colonizing Mars, we need to send a smaller team up there to get things ready. It takes place 20 years before the main game and the main mission’s success all depends on what happens here.

The Red Planet

I have seen more than a few sci-fi movies where exploring Mars does not go well. Once you have selected your leader in Terraformers: First Steps on Mars, you then need to head to Mars. You need to explore the red planet to try and find valuable resources that can be used to help with setting up a base on Mars. The game will give you various tasks that you need to complete. These are what you would expect from a strategy game, tasks such as go and find this, build that, repair this and so on. You need to also build the outpost that the main team are going to use when they come to Mars.

Gathering And Using Resources

Much of what you do in this game is all about resources and what you do with them. For example, early on in Terraformers: First Steps on Mars you come across a region that you find out is pretty rich in resources and from here you can gather these resources to use to build bases, build equipment, and so on. Eventually, you want to build up to having things like trees and stuff that mankind will need in order to survive on Mars.

Seeing Red

Visually Terraformers: First Steps on Mars is pretty basic, but I am sure the full version when it comes out will have more going on in terms of the visuals. While most of what you are doing is menus and a kind of top-down style of view, I like the whole “red” thing that the game has going on. I feel that they have captured the look of what I imagine Mars would be like very well.


If you like strategy games and games where you get to establish a new home for humanity on a new planet, Terraformers: First Steps on Mars is the game for you. I do want to say that the full game does also have a demo available too and that is worth checking out also. I like what they have done here and think that this is going to be a strategy game that I spend a ton of time with when I finally beat it.


  • I like the premise of the game
  • I think that the story is really cool
  • This is a good idea of what you are getting with the main game
  • It is free to play


  • Not sure if there is a real point to this when they have a demo for full game
  • I do think games like this are a quired taste

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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