Challenges are a game mode where the player must accomplish a specific objective within a time limit. Mission parameters, game rules and colony coordinates are predetermined and unique for each challenge.
Each Challenge is set on specific map coordinates, with a particular sponsor and game rules. If you are attempting a Challenge, you are playing under the same basic conditions as any other player.
Each Challenge has a time limit to be "completed" - you will fail if the objective is not completed during this time. If you manage to finish a challenge exceptionally fast, in another, much tighter time frame, it will be considered "perfected". While completing some challenges can be a significant feat on its own, perfecting them is balanced to be a challenge.
There are three different Challenges for all sponsors, except for "Paradox Interactive" and "International Mars Mission". The "Brazil" and "Japan" sponsors are only available with the Space Race DLC installed.
No Mysteries are active during the challenges.
The player is free to continue playing the map as a normal sandbox game after the Challenge has ended, even if it was failed.
|Challenge||Mission Sponsor||Commander Profile||Objective||Game Rules||ChallengeDeadline (Sol)||PerfectTime (Sol)|
|A New Nation||USA||Rocket Scientist||Have 5 domes, each with a population of 200 Colonists or more||Endless SupplyNo Events||200||100|
|Arco-Logistics||Brazil||Oligarch||Have 8 fully occupied Arcologies||No Events||200||100|
|Ark 2.0||Church of the New Ark||Doctor||Have 200 colonists||No EventsThe Last Ark||240||120|
|Baby Steps||Church of the New Ark||Rocket Scientist||Have 5 Martianborn colonists||No Events||26||13|
|Campus Life||Europe||Ecologist||Have 200 scientists||No Events||240||120|
|City Building||India||Psychologist||Have a dome with a population of 100 and no homeless citizens||No Events||70||35|
|Civil Disorder||India||Oligarch||Reach a population of 2,000||No EventsRebel Yell||300||200|
|Cold Fusion||India||Ecologist||Have 4 fusion reactors fully staffed and on 3 shifts||No EventsWinter is Coming||140||70|
|Drill Baby, Drill||Blue Sun Corporation||Inventor||Have a fully upgraded Mohole Mine||No Events||250||150|
|Earthbound||Japan||Hydro Engineer||Refuel and launch a rocket||No DisastersNo Events||6||3|
|Elbrus++||Russia||Futurist||Produce 250 Electronics||No Events||200||100|
|Fiscal Profits||Blue Sun Corporation||Politician||Accumulate $35,000 M||InflationNo Events||140||80|
|Founding Fathers||USA||Rocket Scientist||Complete the Founder Stage||No DisastersNo Events||12||6|
|Hello, Neighbors||Brazil||Hydro Engineer||Have a complex of 3 connected Domes and population of 50 colonists||No Events||50||25|
|Housing Bubble||China||Futurist||Have 4 fully occupied Living Complexes||No Events||30||13|
|New Eden||Church of the New Ark||Doctor||Have a colony with at least 50 Colonists with average comfort 80||No Events||80||40|
|Operation: Katana||Japan||Inventor||Deplete 10 Metal underground deposits||No Events||140||80|
|Russian Concrete||Russia||Oligarch||Produce 1,000 concrete||Long RideNo Events||34||17|
|Serve the People||China||Oligarch||Have a population of 200 colonists||Long RideNo Events||80||40|
|Seven||China||Astrogeologist||Have 7 Wonders||No Events||250||150|
|Specialized Training||Brazil||Psychologist||Have 50 Specialists||AmateursNo Events||140||70|
|Tech Boost||Europe||Futurist||Research 25 technologies (repeatable technologies are counted once)||No Events||40||20|
|The Boundaries of Knowledge||SpaceY||Politician||Research 100 technologies (repeatable technologies are counted once)||Chaos TheoryNo Events||250||150|
|The Gold Must Flow||Blue Sun Corporation||Astrogeologist||Export 30 Rare Metals||No DisastersNo Events||30||10|
|The Means of Production||SpaceY||Psychologist||Produce 5 Polymers, 5 Machine Parts and 5 Electronics on Mars||No Events||30||15|
|Tourist Trap||SpaceY||Rocket Scientist||Earn $2,000 M from Tourists||No Events||80||40|
|Unconventional Desires||Japan||Inventor||Research 12 Breakthroughs||Dust In The WindNo Events||200||100|
|Under the Microscope||Europe||Astrogeologist||Analyze all anomalies||No EventsWinter is Coming||80||40|
|Vocation Destination||Russia||Doctor||Have a VR Workshop, Art Workshop and Biorobotics workshop||No Events||150||75|
|Wonderful Life||USA||Politician||Construct a Wonder||No Events||120||60|