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Turn-based city-builder set on Mars, Farlanders has launched

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Farlanders is a turn-based city-builder from Andriy Bychkovskyi and publisher Crytivo that has you colonize and attempt to terraform the red planet. It's available now with Native Linux support, but no Steam Deck rating as of yet.

"Lead the charge in establishing a colony on Mars in this turn-based strategy game with a nostalgic look but fresh gameplay. Use specialized tools to terraform the planet, build residential areas for your colonizers, and construct resource-producing factories in an effort to become a self-sustaining society."

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Game Features:

  • 7 campaign missions with narrative tied to the Farlanders: Prologue.
  • Competitive freeplay game mode with 3 scenarios.
  • Build your own colony on (and below) the Martian surface using more than 50 different structures.
  • Terraform the planet using a variety of tools.
  • No 2 maps are ever the same with procedural map generation.
  • Dynamic weather changes and anomalies.
  • Research tree with 19 technologies.
  • Trade with other colonies that will reflect fluctuating market prices and demands.
  • Uncover alien artifacts.

I sadly simply haven't had time to personally play through this one, however I did enjoy the demo and the Prologue as it has some interesting mechanics. The Prologue had a good user review score too, as does the full game with them both being "Very Positive" on Steam. Nice to see more developers continue Native Linux support, and provide a free Prologue for people to actually see if they like it first, I do miss the days of easy to find demos but glad to see them come back in a new form.

You can buy it now on Steam. It's coming to GOG but not clear when.

On top of that you can try the free Prologue on itch.io, GOG and Steam to see if it's something you might like.

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5 comments

It seems a whole lot like "Surviving Mars" only on a simple-graphics little square grid. I hope it has some gameplay that sets it apart.
Anza 23 Jan
Quoting: Purple Library GuyIt seems a whole lot like "Surviving Mars" only on a simple-graphics little square grid. I hope it has some gameplay that sets it apart.

It does. At least in the prologue tile placement plays a important role. Tiles come in all sort of combinations, so getting everything to be perfectly optimal is not that easy. There's no really guarantee that you'll like Farlanders if you liked Surviving Mars.

Terraformers might be bit closer, though it plays more like a boardgame and is maybe bit more closer to Terraforming Mars than Surviving Mars. Especially as vanilla Surviving Mars doesn't have terraforming.
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: Purple Library GuyIt seems a whole lot like "Surviving Mars" only on a simple-graphics little square grid. I hope it has some gameplay that sets it apart.

It does. At least in the prologue tile placement plays a important role. Tiles come in all sort of combinations, so getting everything to be perfectly optimal is not that easy. There's no really guarantee that you'll like Farlanders if you liked Surviving Mars.

Terraformers might be bit closer, though it plays more like a boardgame and is maybe bit more closer to Terraforming Mars than Surviving Mars. Especially as vanilla Surviving Mars doesn't have terraforming.
I always thought they missed a trick not calling that one TerraforMars.
starfarer 24 Jan
Good came. Played the first demo version waaay back and it's finally out! I'm glad. :)
14 29 Jan
The graphics hit the sweet spot for me. I really enjoy stunning 3D games and large worlds and 1st or 3rd person perspectives, but these Farlanders folks pulled off just the right aesthetic to appeal to me as someone who really got into PC gaming in the C&C: Red Alert era.

I will probably wait to buy it at GOG assuming there will also be a Linux release there!
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