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Rating: 7.4 Good
Players: 1-5 players
Playing time: 90-120 minutes

Official Site: Terraforming Mars official page

Created by: Jacob Fryxelius, Daniel Fryxelius, Isaac Fryxelius

Published by: FryxGames,, Schwerkraft-Verlag

Alternate Names: Terraformacja Marsa


Humanity has begun to spread throughout the solar system. On Mars, a few small colonies have been built. These offer protection from the environment, from a planet which is terribly cold, dry, and with almost no atmosphere.

To be able to increase immigration from Earth, Mars needs to be terraformed by altering its environment until humans can live there without expensive protective gear, and without even minor accidents becoming lethal. Therefore the World Government has decided to support any organization that contributes to this vast undertaking.

The generous funding attracts gigantic corporations that compete to expand their businesses and emerge as the most influential force behind the terraforming. In this era, great opportunities lie in the taming of the Red Planet.

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In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation, and you buy and play cards describing different projects.

The projects often directly or indirectly contribute to the terraforming process, but can also consist of business enterprises of different kinds. In order to win, you have to accumulate a good terraform rating (TR) and many victory points (VPs).

Your TR is increased each time you raise a global parameter (temperature, oxygen or ocean). Your TR determines your basic income, as well as your basic score. As the terraforming process proceeds, more projects become feasible. Additional VPs are awarded for anything enhancing mankind's grip on the solar system. This can be anything, from founding cities to building infrastructure, or protecting the environment. …

Expand Your Horizons! Explore new sites and strategies in Terraforming Mars! Any of these two game boards can be used instead of the ordinary game board.

They each depict a new region of Mars, with new placement bonuses, ocean areas, and brand new sets of milestones and awards.


This map shows the south pole as well as the great Hellas sea, all the way up to the equator.

Therefore, the plant bonuses lie at the top of the map, along the equator. The map overlaps the original game board by featuring Argyre Planitia and its surrounding mountains. …

With the terraforming of Mars initiated, and several projects already being implemented, the World Government on Earth sees an opportunity to start working on terraforming Venus as well. It is a much more difficult 'task, probably requiring a thousand years. All the more reason to get started now!


  • Venus board
  • 5 corporation cards
  • 49 project cards
  • Venus marker
  • Hoverlord Milestone tile
  • Venuphile Award tile
  • Rulebook

The Venus Board

On the Venus board, players are offered a fourth global parameter: the Venus scale! On the cards it is simply referred to as 'Venus'. Because of Venus being a more long-term project, the scale only goes from Venus being 0% to 30% terraformed. …


During setup, you shuffle the 7 project cards into the main project card deck, and the 5 corporations into the corporation deck. This icon at the lower left of the cards indicates that they belong to the Prelude expansion. The remaining 35 Prelude cards are shuffled into a deck of their own, and these are the only ones we refer to when we say Prelude cards.

Variants: Deal each player 1 corporation from Prelude, and 1 from the other corporations. If you want to play a game without the Prelude cards, you may still keep the 7 project cards and the 5 corporations in the game. …

The outer solar system is the new frontier! Colonies are beginning to flourish on the moons of Saturn. The clouds of Jupiter are no longer beyond our reach. Even Pluto will prove to be useful to humanity.

This is a perfect opportunity for the corporations to trade with the colonies, harvest resources, and build colonies of their own!


  • 49 project cards
  • 5 corporation cards
  • 11 Colony tiles Reference tile
  • Trade fleets tile
  • 8 Trade fleets
  • 8 Colony track markers
  • Rulebook

In this expansion to Terraforming Mars, you have the opportunity to visit several moons, represented by Colony Tiles, where you can build colonies, or trade to get the specific benefits from them. …

Against the challenges of dust storms and a harsh climate, the human civilization on Mars is slowly growing. At the center of this is the Terraforming Committee, where corporations and lobby groups struggle to make their voices heard.

It is a time of turmoil, where the corporations need to navigate natural disasters, social movements, and high-level politics.


  • 16 project cards
  • 5 corporation cards
  • 2 reference cards
  • 31 Global Event cards
  • 6 Policy tiles
  • 35 delegates (7 in each color)
  • 14 neutral delegates
  • Terraformer milestone tile
  • Terraforming Committee board
  • Global Event board
  • Rulebook

This expansion to Terraforming Mars introduces global events (visible 3 generations in advance) that affect all players. The players also place delegates in the Terraforming Committee to gain influence and decide which party will rule during the next generation. …

Corporate Era (Extended Game)

To play the extended game, simply add all cards marked with a red and white icon () on the cards' lower left border at the start of setup, including 2 new corporations. Players start with no extra production of resources. Corporate Era can be combined with any of the other game variants.

Corporate Era focuses on economy and technology. These are projects that do not contribute directly to the terraforming, but make the corporations stronger, adding new strategic choices to the game. …

Victory Points

You win the game by having the most Victory points (VPs). VPs are scored for your Terraform rating, from tiles on the map, from Milestones and Awards, and from many of the cards.


Terraforming Mars is about making Mars earthlike enough to live freely on it. There are 4 parameters on the game board connected to this process: Terraform rating, temperature, oxygen level and ocean coverage.

Terraform Rating (TR) is the measure of how much you have contributed to the terraforming process. Each time you raise the oxygen level, the temperature, or place an ocean tile, your TR increases as well. …

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