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Surviving Mars is free right now on the Epic Games Store

Surviving Mars released to mostly positive reviews last year. Get it for free on the Epic Games Store, and look out for a pair of great games next week

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Mars unpacks.

Surviving Mars, Haemimont Games’ Red Planet colony-builder, is free right now on the Epic Games Store. The strategy game is from the developers of Tropico 5. It tasks players with successfully exploiting Mars for everything it’s worth in service of some pretty dumb colonists.

The game debuted to positive reviews in March of 2018. GameSpot’s Daniel Starkey called Surviving MarsSimCity with soul.” At IGN, T.J. Hafer also praised the game despite criticizing its opening hours.

“If you can stick it out through an unforgiving and poorly explained learning phase, there’s a lot of excitement, challenge, and customization to enjoy beneath and beyond the grand, glass habitation domes of Surviving Mars,” Hafer wrote.

Now that this one’s up for grabs, Epic has revealed next week’s pair of freebies. Bloober Team’s best game, the cyberpunk horror game, Observer, and Remedy’s standalone expansion, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will both be free next Thursday.

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Andrew King is a news and sports reporter by day and a freelance games writer by night. He likes immersive sims, 3D platformers and open-world games. Find his writing at GameCritics and The Hillsdale Daily News.