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Mars Horizon – How to Have a Perfect Start

This guide will be covering how to make things smoother and easier when playing Mars Horizon on hard difficulty. This will also be helpful if you’re one of the players who is trying to reach and obtain some achievements in the game.

Mars Horizon Tips and Guides

Customize Your Agency

It is CRUCIAL for a hardcore game to tweak some of the basic settings of your agency. You can find it right after clicking New Game in the main Menu:

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Now you can have 4 things: Appearance, HQ location, Traits and Diplomacy.

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Of course, you can choose on your own, how your Agency would look like in the Appearance tab – no change on gameplay.

Changing the HQ location makes more impact, but I think it’s still not really important. Some HQ starts are bigger – like China and Russia, while Japan has a smaller size but also less unremovable obstacles (like lakes or canyons). The US is balanced, but I still prefer to play with the Japanese start.

Now TRAITS is key to a successful start. You can dump whatever traits your agency has and consider these ones:

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Key traits are:

  • Operations Specialist – ridiculously overpowered trait, that gives you +1 mission spot from the start! Basically, you are making 2x amount of launches, meaning more Research, Support and Funding.
  • Pathfinders – extremely important trait that gives 25% discount on your mission research. I’ve calculated, that Mission research tree has the most amount of research and it’s the most important one (as you research groundbreaking missions and payloads faster).

Optional traits:

I like to take Space Subsidy as it gives + 2 000 K in Funding from the start. Meaning, you can start planning your base more efficiently, as you can clear the area with extra cash + it’s just less stress.

But, if you take it, you will have to take some negative trait. My choice is Failure Not an Option, as it gives you a bigger penalty in Support for Fails. Meh, not a problem (+ I always reload the last safe if there is a fail.)

Auto-Resolve All Missions

After you are done with your Agency set up, it’s time to set a Difficulty. Now, you can choose whatever difficulty you want, but you MUST leave yourself an Auto-Resolve option for All Missions.

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This is just ridiculous when I played the first time it took me 8 (!!!) hours to manually go through all of missions puzzles.

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With Auto-Resolve you can just auto-resolve all of this! So the next playthrough took me just 3-4 hours and I had much more fun!

In the game you will always have an option – do the puzzle yourself or handle it to a randomizer. You will also see probabilities for success in this case.

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And again, if you fail – just load the last safe.

And that’s everything for this Mars Horizon guide.