Cubism achievement in Surviving Mars


Complete The Power of Three Mystery

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How to unlock the Cubism achievement

  • Fuzzy Bear HugsFuzzy Bear Hugs449,056
    24 Mar 2018 24 Mar 2018
    11 0 7
    Select the "Power of Three" mystery when setting up a new game.

    This mystery plays out mostly by itself. Cubes will start to appear around your colony. You may wish to build special statues with them (no apparent effect) or just destroy them. A new storage unit for Black Cubes will also appear in your Build menu. You can use these storage areas to have your drones automatically clear the cubes from your build area.

    Eventually, you will come across an update about researching the S.H.E.P.I.D. technology. The mystery log will read, "We should research the S.H.E.P.I.D. technology to protect the colony structures from the Black Cubes." At this point, be sure to build a Concrete Extractor if you do not have one. I went heavy with Extractors in the early days of my colony so I had decommissioned all of mine due to stockpiling ridiculous amounts of concrete. However, you need at least one Extrator in order for the story to advance. Once an Extractor is destroyed by a Cube, the technology to search (and therefore advance the mystery) will appear in the Breakthrough queue.

    There doesn't seem to be any way of failing this mystery, so enjoy the story as it unfolds!

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    Chyld989I'm curious if anyone has had any issues with building the cube depots. I've tried four times now and every single time the second I hit [A] to build it the game crashes. I know I don't have to build the depots, as I didn't in the previous game with this mystery (everyone died in that game, so I never unlocked the achievement), but it'd be nice since they're taking up a ton of space. Any help would be appreciated.

    Update: Just in case anyone else is having this issue, I found the following info on Steam Community that seems to work:
    u could actually get the game to not crash by placing the depot in a lace where waste rock was...
    but if theres no wasterock around...
    so thanks!
    So basically, demolish some Dumping Grounds that are full and then build the depots underneath the piles of garbage that are left. Weird fix, but it seems to work.
    Posted by Chyld989 on 27 Nov 18 at 03:12
    risselessWhen does the achivement pop for this? Do I need to build the final tech?

    Edit: Weird, it popped randomly about an hour later, without building the final tech.
    Posted by risseless on 15 Mar at 21:19
    Fuzzy Bear HugsSorry, I don't know; I wish I could remember. I think there are some Xbox Live issues today and that might be affecting it?
    Posted by Fuzzy Bear Hugs on 15 Mar at 21:22
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  • lucasgodfalllucasgodfall166,895 166,895 GamerScore
    26 Apr 2020 26 Apr 2020 26 Apr 2020
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    Surviving Mars - 100% Full Game Walkthrough.

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    DadThatRocksThese mods got taken down but as of Noon today this one worked
    Posted by DadThatRocks on 17 May at 16:22
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