Week ten million of Epic Games Store’s free game giveaways is now upon us. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been quite that long just yet. This week, Terraforming Mars, a strategy game that’s literally about terraforming the planet Mars, is free. All you have to do is head on over to the game’s EGS page and claim it, which will let you start installing right away. If you’re itching to do some terraforming, at least. We’re a little used to pairs of games, but this is the only title you can grab this week. Next week will be a bit more flavorful, however.
Terraforming Mars is based on the board game of the same name and was developed and published by Asmodee digital back in October of 2018, which was somehow over three years ago. What is time? The game puts players in control of their own corporation, which allows them to play project cards, build their own cities, and make their own interstellar colonization choices. You’ll also be increasing the planet’s oxygen levels, making oceans, and increasing the temperature, all to make Mars habitable to members of our undeniably parasitic species. You don’t, however, get to see humanity junk up Mars like we junked up Earth.
On the next episode
Things are heating up a bit with next week’s games, which are already visible on EGS. Back by popular demand is modern classic Prey, which was also free over the holidays. Prey is Arkane’s immersive sim where you play as a person on a space station struggling to survive using tricky powers and hacking. Alongside it is the top-down action-exploration game, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, a 2D game where you fight giants while admiring some lovely art. Our EGS accounts will keep growing as most of these games sit eternally unplayed, but hoarding digital goods is good for the blood. Or something.