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Old 05-11-2020, 04:29 PM
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Surviving Mars of Frostpunk? Need answer fast.


Ready for another survival/strategy game...which should I play? I own Surviving Mars but Frostpunk is on sale on GOG.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:41 PM
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I own both and prefer Frostpunk for the setting and the choices you have to make. Surviving Mars isn't bad, exactly, but it feels pretty generic.
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Old 05-12-2020, 08:33 AM
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I haven't played Surviving Mars, but I have played Frostpunk for a couple of hours. I like free-form sandboxy strategy games like Rimworld and Prison Architect; I personally just didn't bond with Frostpunk. It's beautifully done with a lot of love and care, but to me it's more of a "puzzle" game.
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I ended up starting FP last night, maybe 2/3 hours in. That's including several false starts while I figured out what the heck I was doing. I decided to stop for the night on day 4 with no discontentment and not having lost anybody.

I like it so far, but it's one of those games that I'm afraid I'll get in over my head pretty soon. But then again from what I understand most playthroughs end in failure so....

It's a very fun game to watch/listen to, it reminds me of Cities: Skylines in that regard. About my only real gripe so far is that the toolbars are too small, and I keep wanting to zoom in farther than I'm able. Again like you can in Cities. I tried messing with resolution settings but it didn't make much of a difference. I suppose I might learn the hot keys....
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:00 AM
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The thing about Frostpunk that's not immediately obvious, is that it is rather time-based. You MUST have achieved certain things by certain dates, or you'll lose. And those goals can be quite non-intuitive, with little-to-no advanced notice.

Surviving Mars is much closer to the standard city-builder style, where there's no real time limitations that don't evolve from gameplay. So, a very sit-back-and-let-it-run game.

So a game of Frostpunk will generally be much shorter, and more scripted. But the choices you make will be more immediate, and more impactful.
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Wow, sat down yesterday to continue the game I started the night before. That was about 6:00. I realized I was researching entirely the wrong things and stuff was about to go bad, so I started a new game. I decided that no matter what, I'd play that one to the end.

6 hours (and ~18 game days) later, I was banished from my city. Man, this game is bleak. Still, I started feeling some affection for my little people. Seeing them trundle off through the snow with torches to go hunt and whatnot.

Raza is right, it is kind of a puzzle game. I feel like you'd have to play a couple dozen times to finally know how everything should be progressing and actually even come close to making it to the end.

After I quit (or should I say, failed and inevitably froze to death in the wastes) I realized that in that respect, it reminds me of Age of Empires. When I first played that, I remember aborted game after aborted game while I figured out what I needed to be doing.

It's been a long time since I got so sucked in to a game, Subnautica would be the last.

I'll probably play again this weekend, but I'm not sure at this point if I'll try to eventually 'win'. I'm just not sure I have enough time to invest.
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:29 AM
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Made it to the last day and the end of the game.

Man, that was pretty stressful! I will probably play it again, but it's going to be a while.

Excellent game, I would absolutely recommend it.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:07 AM
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Man, that was pretty stressful!
To repeat my earlier comments, the game is really well-done, in pretty much every way, and is very popular. But ultimately I found it stressful, not relaxing, mostly because as Unpronouncable says it has a pretty strict time-based challenge to it, and it just isn't right for me. Granted, a game like RimWorld also has some sort of you shouldn't wait too long before doing this..., but the time box is much looser.
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