Tharsis

A mysterious signal originating from the Tharsis region of Mars set us on a frantic mission. Who sent it? And why? Impossible questions, but in them lie the key to humanity’s survival.

Now, millions of miles away from home, a micrometeoroid storm has left us with a severely damaged ship, two deceased crew, and the sneaking suspicion this trip was doomed from the start.

Tharsis is a turn-based space strategy game. With dice. And cannibalism. It puts you in control of humanity’s first mission to Mars, just as it’s struck by a micrometeoroid storm. You must guide your crew through disasters, food shortages, and the unforgiving nature of space — all while maintaining your sanity amidst cryptic signals and warnings from Mars.

Defy the odds, make the difficult decisions, and embark on the most important mission in human history.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows 7 x64
Processor: Intel Core i5 5xxx
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible graphics card (Intel HD 5000, NVIDIA GeForce 400 or Radeon HD 5000)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 2 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows 7 x64
Processor: Intel Core i7 5xxx
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6xx or Radeon HD 7xxx
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 2 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: OSX 10.10
Processor: Intel Core i5 5xxx
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD 5000, NVIDIA GeForce 400 or Radeon HD 5000
Storage: 2 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
OS: OSX 10.10
Processor: Intel Core i7 5xxx
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6xx or Radeon HD 7xxx
Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Tharsis is FTL for real cosmonauts who know problems are solved by random dice throw and by marginal ability to strategize in unclear situations. And it's funny!

  • Tharsis is an harsh and unforgiving game which can make you feel miserable and alone, just like an astronaut on a derelict spaceship. The dice mechanics are nice, but sometimes it's too random to be engaging.

  • Tharsis offers some interesting mechanics, a story with little innovation but plenty of space for the player to create his narrative, and a lot of replayability, but all of that comes at a price: the difficulty level that can make players abandon the title before they see everything it has to offer.

  • For those looking for something unique and original, Tharsis definitely offers that up in spades. It’s not a game that can be played for hours on end, but you’ll certainly return to it time and again should you fall for its clever blend of roguelike and strategy board games.

  • Tharsis is a game for those who love tabletop gaming and a challenging experience. At its heart Tharsis is as unforgiving as it is entertaining, but it offers very little variety in terms of the overall game.

  • Right now Tharsis provides a few hours of fun, but there's not much to go back to after finishing the game on both difficulty settings. Choice Provisions' game is ingenious, evoking a lot of emotions, though at times it's a bit unfair.

  • It could've been a sleeper hit, a small masterpiece in the strategic genre. It's a shame that the dice system doesn't work well when combined with the choices given to the player. It's still an enjoyable experience, but not an unforgettable one.

  • 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.

  • A tense, challenging, and addictive strategy game with strong atmosphere, weakened by excessive randomness that too often pushes things past "hard" into "hopeless."

  • Despite thoroughly grasping of the rules of Tharsis and even being able to offer advice on how to be more successful to others, my winning runs were due entirely to luck. Sheer chance might be a solid basis for gambling or having a good time with friends, but when it comes to single player games, I should have a bit more say in whether my crew survives or not.

  • With a few tweaks and maybe a more casual-friendly difficulty level, Tharsis could be a fun strategy alternative for those who don’t enjoy building large kingdoms or waging wars that take hours to complete. In its current state however, Tharsis is little more than a sadistically cruel game of digital roulette.

  • If you're a fan of constant raising stakes with no reprieve, then this is certainly the sort of thing that will appeal to you. Even if not, it will still appeal, but in smaller doses. Either way, Tharsis is a compelling, but polarizing, game.

  • Tharsis is a good way to spend 10-30 minutes to see what happens on the next journey. It's a very harsh battle against the unknown, and can be utterly soul-crushing. Perhaps too soul-crushing, actually. Players will, at times, feel so defeated and useless that playing again seems pointless. And maybe that's the point, considering the circumstances.

  • Tharsis is a well constructed dice-game with an interesting theme. Too bad that luck has too much a say in the player’s destiny; this can inflict frustration and anger which, in my book, are the opposite of entertainment.

  • Its simple rules coupled with the brief length of its rounds make Tharsis very easy to pick up and get addicted to...for a few hours. Unfortunately, so much of its gameplay is reliant on luck, which can make for an incredibly frustrating and unforgiving experience.

  • Tharsis feels like a sadistic game of chance that makes all my decisions feel completely meaningless.

  • While ultimately not a disaster; Tharsis compares to getting to the final round and failing due to a slight miscalculation.

  • There's simply too much luck and not enough player influence to get a whole lot out of it.

  • CD-Action

    A tiny drop of satisfaction provided by a happy ending does not compensate for the frustration brought by earlier failures. [03/2016, p.61]

  • games(TM)

    An interesting but frustrating space oddity. [Issue#172, p.94]

  • 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.

  • An interesting idea completely shattered by forming the whole gameplay around pure dumb luck. The dice in Tharsis will either make you or break you (mostly the latter), creating an unsatisfying experience only a true masochist could enjoy.

  • Tharsis is well made, but not well designed—an attractive, interesting board game idea, but only the first draft.

Tharsis
$14.99 $2.76
Title: Tharsis
Genre: Indie, RPG, Strategy
Released: 11 January 2016
Developer: Choice Provisions
Publisher: Choice Provisions
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