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Tharsis – Space, dice and cannibalism

Tharsis is a turn-based, space survival strategy game that demands tough tactical and moral decisions, all at the mercy of a dice roll.

Originally released in 2016 by developer Choice Provisions, it’s now re-balanced and optimized for its Nintendo Switch debut on Saturday, April 11th, 2020, the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission.

The Nuts and Bolts of How Tharsis Works

Take control of humanity’s first manned space mission to Mars, just as it’s struck by a micrometeoroid storm that cripples the ship and kills 2 vital crew members. Guide the remaining astronauts through onboard disasters, food shortages, and moral dilemmas as you do almost anything to successfully reach the red planet. Will you sacrifice crew members to get the job done? Push everyone’s sanity to the brink just get a few extra rations? Or even resort to cannibalism and murder to feed the rest?

Original Release Opinions + Changes

During its original 2016 release, Tharsis received a lot of attention for creating a clever and brutal mix of board game and video game fusion.

Imagine Darkest Dungeon and FTL but with dice.

Tharsis is an ingenious space game that will break you.

Time

Extremely difficult and very fun dice-based strategy game.

Kotaku

Choice Provisions knows exactly what they’re doing with this one.

Destructoid

Others, however, felt luck was too much of a factor. So now the game has since been significantly tweaked and rebalanced after the original launch with reworked Easy, Normal and a ramped-up Hard Mode for true challenge seekers.

Nintendo Switch Game Features:

  • Turn-based space survival strategy game. With dice. And cannibalism
  • A unique mix of a board game and video game mechanics. Make tough tactical and moral choices with outcomes determined by the roll of your dice. Adapt and rethink continually
  • Manage 4 astronauts each with their own mission-critical special abilities. Unlock additional crew members through special challenges and achievements
  • Decide who stays healthy, fed and sane as you tackle multiple disasters unfolding on the ship. Choose who goes head-first into the fires, who eats and possibly who gets eaten
  • Experience the fretful and isolated atmosphere of deep space and the fight to not let it become your grave with a space-zen soundtrack created by Dutch atmospheric-electro duo Weval
  • Rebalanced from the original 2016 release. Easy, Normal and Hard modes offer a fair learning curve while also ensuring a merciless challenge for true test seekers
  • Complete UI overhaul for clear and intuitive use in both docked and undocked
  • 10 additional training and trail missions to hone your survival skills
Tharsis gameplay showing Crew Taking Damage

Price Discounts and Upcoming Nintendo Footage

Tharsis will be available for 11.99 USD / 11.99 EUROS with a 21-day discount starting on March 30th, 2020. 8.99 USD / EUR for all players and 7.99 USD / EUR for players with selected existing QubicGames titles on their account (a full list will be available on the eShop as of March 30th).

Footage of it running on Nintendo Switch will be revealed in the next week or so.


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