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Colonize the red planet before Elon Musk with Surviving Mars, this week’s free game from Epic

Colonize the red planet before Elon Musk with Surviving Mars, this week's free game from Epic

Colonize the red planet before Elon Musk with Surviving Mars, this week’s free game from Epic

It’s SimCity on Mars. This $30 value city builder requires you to balance build a thriving colony 146 million miles from home.

Strap in for a nine-month ride, because you’re headed to Mars to do some colonizing — city-building simulator Surviving Mars is free this week. If you’re a gamer, or you just visit The Cheapskate occasionally, you may know that Epic Games gives away a free game every Thursday. Each week is a new surprise treat, with past weeks featuring gems like GTA 5, Rage 2, Hitman and Watch Dogs 2. This week’s freebie is fan favorite Surviving Marsregularly $30.



If you think managing resources to build a thriving town in SimCity is challenging, just wait until you have to mine and process your resources on an alien world, get only occasional resupply ships from Earth, and discover that minor problems can cascade in a heartbeat into a catastrophic failure that wipes out a whole colony. Unlike on Earth, you have to worry about something as simple as a power failure suffocating an entire dome full of colonists. Combine that with dust-induced equipment failures, famine and unearthing mysterious Martian artifacts, and there are some unique challenges here.

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