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Play it smart

Life on Mars? Settling the Red Planet may still sound like sci-fi, but ambitious games like Terraforming Mars are increasingly taking inspiration from real life
Doctors Paul Wake and Sam Illingworth

Jacob Fryxelius’ Terraforming Mars sees players take on the role of giant corporations tasked with turning the Red Planet into a world capable of supporting human life.This remarkable feat, performed over many generations, is achieved by increasing the oxygen level, raising the temperature and manufacturing oceans on Mars. The game ends when the previously inhospitable environment is considered habitable – once it meets minimum “global parameters” for terran life – and the corporation that contributed the most to the endeavour (the player holding the highest “terraforming rating”) wins. While the game has been recognised for its compelling gameplay – it was nominated for the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres – its underpinning science and inspirational subject matter are also worthy of note.

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