Percentile Rank

They Are Billions is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 36 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 24, 2019

I’m going to give the game a Bestest Best sticker

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GameOctane
B
B
Aug 22, 2019

They Are Billions is a solid single-player real-time strategy game. You'll get some good hours out of it, and have the chance to compete against others on the leaderboards.

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Scored Reviews

Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2019

They Are Billions' crucible of experimentation and failure molds players into rugged survivalists. The RTS-style resource management and tower defense test the ability to aptly devote time to the bare necessities that will fend off countless hordes of undead. Harder to master console controls may add an extra layer of tension but living another day remains the sweetest of rewards.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

They Are Billions is a game based on just a single trick that's up its undead sleeve. But it's a hell of a trick, one that'll keep you ensnared in its tangled web of survival for dozens and dozens of hours as the undead march upon your best base-building efforts.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

A supremely well constructed RTS that feels right at home on PS4, They Are Billions sets a new golden bar for other genre efforts to try and match.

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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2019

They Are Billions in one word is "entertaining". It's probably not your classic strategy game, but it's really tense when it comes to its battles. The graphics are beautiful and new campaign mode is well-made though not complete. It's definitely worth trying.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 23, 2019

Overall, They Are Billions is an absolutely solid pick up and a real steal for its price point.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2019

They Are Billions offers an almost perfect gameplay loop, mixing tower-defence with city building and exploration, as you balance resource-management, defence and offense, all against your ever-impending doom at the hands of a world infested with the undead. The only downside to a game that looks and sounds great, offering a tense experience in a compelling setting, is a campaign that doesn't fully make-use of the gameplay loop perfected by Numantian Games, leaving the campaign feeling weak, compared to the survival mode, which is the real draw.

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AusGamers
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2019

Watching an infection spread rapidly through your small town because a stray zombie managed to wander in from an unguarded direction early on? A lesson in perception, readiness, and the seriousness of the threat.

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Generación Xbox
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

They are billions accomplishes to give us a changelling and addictive experience, finelly mixing the RTS and Tower Defense genres.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 20, 2019

If you’re into your steampunk with a side of apocalypse, then you’re covered. If you’re a WarCraft alumni who fancies a bit of a twist in the not-technical-zombies mold, this will inject some fresh life into the RTS catalogue.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2019

Though sometimes clunky controls and missing features will have you reaching for the keyboard, They Are Billions on PS4 is still a descent into madness that will have you hooked if you let it.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2019

They Are Billions is a unique and relentlessly tense take on the Civ-Sim and one that will reward any failure with swift and sudden destruction.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2019

Strictly speaking about the game, I enjoyed the atmosphere quite a lot, and the unique blend of medieval, steampunk and modern elements made the game seem quite unique. The zombie waves and the gameplay in general are extremely engaging, and combat can keep you on the edge of your seat at times, especially when you underestimate enemy forces. All in all, They are Billions is a game that definitely deserves praise, but playing it with anything other than a mouse and keyboard can be literally gamer’s Hell.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 2, 2019

It's a smartly designed game at its core, despite the distractions. Just like a lone zombie can bring about your demise, sometimes one strong idea is enough.

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The Games Machine
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2019

Sometimes less is more, but other times it's just plain less. The streamlined city-builder mechanics keep the player focused on the zombie menace, but the few military units and lack of strategic combat make They Are Billions ripetitive. Ah, the game is also tough as nails.

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New Game Network
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jul 2, 2019

Establishing and expanding a colony while defending against increasingly difficult hordes of infected makes for a very engrossing experience in They Are Billions, though some questionable design choices make shambling through the lengthy Singleplayer campaign a bit of a slog at times.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
IGN Spain
Xavi Mogrovejo

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

The lack of the campaign mode and the difficulties in its gamepad control do not make the consoles versions of They Are Billions the best, although its fun and challenging essence remains intact.

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Culture of Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2019

Personally, there haven’t been that many games that originated on PC that would announce a console port that I would get excited for. I was ecstatic when Diablo 3 came to consoles and other game as well like Hollow Knight, Slay The Spire, and etc. They Are Billions was a game that got a ton of press attention on Steam and I was excited to hear that it would come to PS4 and Xbox One. It had been a while since an RTS game that was noteworthy came to consoles and I wanted to see how that story would unfold. RTS games have always had this problem of trying to achieve the barrier of a gamepad centered control scheme. They Are Billions came to PS4 and Blitworks did an amazing job at making sure the game ran well but the caveat being that it’s just another “console RTS game.” I highly recommend playing this amazing game but know that this is a lesser product when compared to its PC predecessor. Currently, Survival is the only mode available while the campaign mode will be added at a later date. The game is still engrossing and developing optimal builds and structure placement makes the They Are Billions worthwhile. If you’re going to play on TV, you may want to scoot a bit closer and keep in mind which input shortcuts work best for you. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a mouse and keyboard if you want the “optimal” experience but don’t buy them solely for this game. They Are Billions by Numantian Games and Blitworks is out now on PS4 and Xbox One. Let us know what you think about adjusting to a controller for this zombie apocalyptic game!

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2019

While the game itself is really quite good, the lack of gameplay options and lack of thought into porting over the control scheme make for an average experience overall. This is a port that feels very much like one done with the absolute minimal effort required, and that's just not good enough for 2019 when so many other games this year have done so much better in this same PC to console space.

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GotGame
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

They Are Billions began to attract the attention of the community thanks to the early access for PC. Finally reaching the console community, it grants access to a lot more players. Unfortunately, that comes at a cost with a cut in content with respect to the PC version.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Stick with it and take the time to learn the game’s intricacies, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with They Are Billions. It isn’t for everyone, but there’s not much else that compares to the rush of thousands upon thousands of zombies swarming your settlement all at once.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2019

That said, there's really something here to enjoy in They Are Billions. Taken as a whole, it is an entirely new and interesting take on genres that are as old as gaming. Billions has such great moments at times that it's rather surprising that these genres hadn't been smashed together already. Billions leaves plenty to be desired everywhere else though—in visual fidelity, art direction, sound design, and even game balance. Clearly, this is a first step on a new and mysterious frontier. Hopefully, not the last.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2019

With permadeath and razor-sharp margins for error, the title caters to RTS veterans and survivalists hungry for challenge

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 10, 2019

They are Billions is a great game that is lacking in content. The idea behind it – a survival strategy with "realistic" zombie mechanics – is fantastic and the actual mechanics behind it are well thought out and make for a deep and enthralling strategy, if one that may be a little too challenging for some. If that sounds great to you then being light on content may not matter, as there aren't many, if any other games that fit into this particular niche.

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Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2019

They Are Billions on console is still a great survival RTS, but is let down by poor controls and variable performance. Despite those issues, I’d recommend it to RTS fans craving new content (it's not as though we get many RTS games on console), but take note it still requires some work.

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Windows Central
Jul 3, 2019

They Are Billions is a wonderful game – on PC. This direct Xbox port is not only missing crucial features from its PC counterpart, like the campaign mode, but has horrendous controls that practically beg you to use a mouse and keyboard instead.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2019

"They Are Billions" is a kernel of a great game. I'm sure that the more complete PC release is thoroughly satisfying, but the console release, in its current state, feels incomplete. The developers forgot that the game is no longer in Early Access and have released a game that, ultimately, lacks some basic features. Nevertheless, I recommend it to fans of Tower Defense games and RTS'es, or at least I recommend picking it up once the title is actually complete.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Jul 22, 2019

They Are Billions blends the best aspects of tower defense and real-time strategy to create a tense and oppressive atmosphere where one mistake can lead to the downfall of your entire colony. It's stressful, it's challenging, and it's rewarding, offering just about everything people love about real-time strategy. A lack of content and variety, alongside some small technical issues, hold it back from being truly excellent, but regardless, They Are Billions is a fantastic new take on the RTS genre.

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Rectify Gaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2019

An excellent single-player RTS with a palpable atmosphere that would score much higher with improved gamepad support and the standard tutorials available in its PC counterpart.

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AbsoluteXbox
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 5, 2019

Overall, I had a fairly mixed experience with They Are Billions. I liked the art style and the concept of the game. I quite enjoyed battling the zombies as a steampunk mastermind, however I disliked certain features of the game.

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GameSpace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2019

They Are Billions is a brilliant game that breaths fresh life into the RTS formula. Its setting, concept, and execution make it a wonderful addition to the genre. However, the console port with poor controls will most likely leave players frustrated and wishing they had picked it up on PC. As much as I loved the title I cannot recommend it for a console. So if you're interested in They are Billions I would strongly recommend taking a look at the PC version of this zombie survival RTS.

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BaziCenter
6 / 10
BaziCenter
Vahid Zohrabi Nejad

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jul 4, 2019

They are Billions is not that different from other games in this genre, except for its Zombies of course, and actually you can even compare it with some top Zombie titles. But the main problem with They are Billions is that it's not compatible with Console controllers, and you'll have a horrible time if you decide to try it on Consoles instead of a PC.

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Screen Rant
Jul 3, 2019

They Are Billions is an enjoyable survival game that's hampered by poor controls and a lack of variety.

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Gamerheadquarters
4.2 / 10.0
4.2 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2019

They Are Billions has some interesting concepts, but doesn’t deliver a satisfying console RTS that I can get into.

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Thumb Culture
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

Overall, with a slightly higher than the expected price point of £19.99, I wouldn’t recommend you take a punt on the game if you’re slightly interested in the genre and/or theme. This game is for fans of the RTS genre who are looking for a challenge and I’m sure that the game will build a cult following of hardcore RTS fans, however with no tutorial and campaign to support newcomers to the genre, I’d give the They Are Billions a Thumb Culture Bronze Award.

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