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Tharsis

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

26%

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Based on 34 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jan 12, 2016
PCJanuary 2016

Developer: Choice Provisions

Genre: Roguelike

Earth's first Mars mission should have been 300 days to glory. But Yuri only made it to 170, and we lost Allison after 105. Turns out, life in space is just that: life, with moods and jealousies and infuriating little failures. Only you're a few million miles from civilization, so humanity's frailties also happen to be deadly. Tharsis is a turn-based, perma-death, realistic space strategy game. With dice. And cannibalism. It puts you in control of the first-ever mission to Mars, just as it’s struck by a meteor storm.
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Tharsis is well made, but not well designed—an attractive, interesting board game idea, but only the first draft.

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IGN

4.8 / 10.0
IGN

Tharsis can never stop reminding you that you don't have control over its interstellar disaster, just the illusion of it. Every time I watched my ship fall apart, and every time I watched new events propagate across the ship that were completely impossible to stop, I felt like, win-or-lose, Tharsis was having all the fun.

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Tharsis is a captivating but sadistic game of chance that puts your fate at the mercy of dice.

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I'm sure the punishing difficulty and numerous unfair dice rolls will turn many gamers against Tharsis, and that's perfectly understandable. However, the reward of actually beating the game truly elevates my spirit. I can only hope that the developers will continue the story with another punishing round that occurs on the red planet itself.

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