Free PC Games: 'Surviving Mars' is your weekly freebie from Epic Games_1

Epic Games store is giving away free games every week. While in the past, we could get up to two games for free, it's back down to one for this week. Up for grabs is Surviving Mars.

Last week's free offerings were Everything and Metro: 2033 Redux. If you missed out on the free download, you can still purchase Everything for R104 ($6.99), and Metro: 2033 Redux for R237 ($15.99).

If none of these games tickle your fancy, then just hold out until next week, for Observer and Alan's Wake American Nightmare.

Available from Epic Games – 10 to 17 October

Surviving Mars

Imagine a world were Elon Musk gets his dream and humanity goes to Mars. Now's the time for you to stake your claim on the Red Planet and build a functioning human colony.

Developed by Haemimont Games and published by Paradox Interactive back in March 2018, Surviving Mars is about more than just, well, surviving. The creators warn:

"There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony's chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world."

Watch: Surviving Mars trailer

Please note, this trailer contains a ESRB 10+ rating for alcohol reference, violence and mild language.

Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars' individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to colonise mars and discover the Red Planet's secrets, "with minimal casualties".

You get to choose a space agency for resources and financial support, then it's up to you to build infrastructure, conduct research, and unlock the "elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement".

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Developed and published by David O'Reilly back in 2017, Everything is described as an "epic, award-winning reality simulation game where everything you see is a thing you can be."

Yes, that includes animals, objects and even "planets, galaxies and beyond". Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores or tasks."

Metro: 2033 Redux

Metro: 2033 Redux – developed by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver in 2010 – takes you to a "world devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all of mankind."

The Earth's surface was transformed into a poisonous wasteland, with only a handful of survivors living long enough to take refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground.

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