The board game and video game hybrid Tharsis will finally launch for Nintendo Switch next month. The game uses a number of mechanics from board games, blending them with the powerful visuals of consoles to bring to life the tense situations in which players find themselves.

The game launches on April 11 and should be a great way to spend a few hours each night if we’re still in lockdown by that point. That date is a special one, too – Tharsis launches on the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. That fact might give you some idea of what you can expect from this game.

At its core, Tharsis is a turn-based survival strategy game. Players will need to make tactical moral decisions, but your choices aren’t everything. In the end, whatever the situation your character finds themselves in, the outcome is at the mercy of the dice.

The story starts with humanity’s first manned mission to Mars being hit by a micrometeoroid shower as it closes in on its destination. Two key crew members are killed, and the ship’s systems are critically damaged. Players must guide the remaining crew members as they decide who fixes which part of the ship, how they’ll distribute the remaining food and water rations, and in some cases who lives and who dies. Sacrificing one crew member to accomplish a key fix might save the rest of the astronauts on board, but there’s every chance that it could all go terribly wrong. In some cases, you’ll be forced with making incredibly tough decisions, like which member of the crew needs to die so that the others can eat for a few more days.

Tharsis sounds like a great game for fans of FTL or Darkest Dungeon, but also those who enjoy the rule of the dice. We’ll get our thoughts on the game up as soon as we can.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.

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