Tharsis

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews
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5 / 10.0
May 18, 2020

There would be a good story to be had if Tharsis was developed to involve more than just trying to survive a few rounds. The theme of surviving on a spaceship and figuring out how to keep everything—and everyone—together should make for a good game. Unfortunately, Tharsis fails on too many points to be really worth playing.

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7 / 10
May 13, 2020

Tharsis is a time-waster. Nonetheless it is a time-waster that's thoroughly recommended wasting time on - particularly good for fans of strategy and decision-based titles.

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69 / 100
Apr 23, 2020

It’s a great concept for a turn-based strategy game but be prepared for its unforgiving nature because you’re definitely going to die more than you survive.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2020

If you’re looking for a challenging and brutal strategy game to play at home and/or on the go, Tharsis is for you. With your entire world literally breaking down all around you, tough decisions must be made and your morality will be pushed to its limit, should you save the ship or sacrifice a crew member to prolong the life of those still alive? With its newly revamped difficulty modes, the Nintendo Switch edition makes it a little bit easier for newcomers whilst still being just as challenging as I recall on the PS4. Despite how frustrating and unforgiving the game can be, just remember; in space, nobody can hear you scream…

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6.5 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2020

Overall I liked Tharsis. It’s a fun, but short experience, that has you managing resources and trying to keep your crew alive. Yes there is some replay value as there are a few different endings it’s still not enough. I do think with some tweaking this would make a really good single-player board game that I would gladly play.

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5.9 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2020

Tharsis is one of those games with a different approach, interesting and with the necessary complexity to invite the player to throw in all the hours of the world.

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65 / 100
Apr 10, 2020

Tharsis is a turn-based survival and strategy game based on dice roll. It is a complex and difficult game, where in addition to doing everything correctly, we must be very lucky not to lose the game. It is addictive as we learn to play and progress in decision making and problem solving, but our margin of error is almost non-existent, and really, because of the weight of the random variable, we will never end up having control over what it happens in the game.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2020

Tharsis would be a game I would enjoy playing on a tabletop with some buddies, while drinking some beers, and enjoying our repeated failures. However, as a single-player video game, with only a few extra missions to take you out of the basic gameplay loop that is consistently frustrating, the overall experience has all the right parts but just leaves too much up to chance to be enjoyable.

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Oct 24, 2016

Tharsis is a good yet difficult strategy game that takes a lot of time to master.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2016

Tharsis isn't a game for everyone. Strategy may be an important factor in determining how long you'll survive, but luck plays a much bigger role in things toward the end. The game is punishingly difficult early on, but it throws you a bone every now and then with character unlocks that can make things feel different. With the likelihood of failing more often than winning due to streaks of near-impossible situations, some may be disenchanted from the get-go. For those who love to conquer big challenges, this digital board game can be very appealing.

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