Posts Tagged ‘Tharsis’

The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I’m lucky in that my job to some extent involves playing games, so by and large if there’s something I really want to check out I can find a way to, but I appreciate that there are many long-time, older or otherwise time-starved readers for whom RPS is a daily tease of wondrous things they cannot play.

Now, clearly I cannot magically truncate The Witcher 3 into three hours for you, but what I can do is suggest a few games from across the length and breadth of recent PC gaming that can either be completed within a few hours or dipped into now and again without being unduly punished because you’ve lost your muscle-memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Tharsis Blasting Off To Mars Tomorrow

Hands up: who wants to embark upon a manned mission Mars to investigate alien signals? One minor complication: the ship’s been crippled by an asteroid storm. And that’s just the first disaster of many. Cannibalism may not be strictly necessary, but do bear in mind it’s an option. If that sounds like your ‘bag’, have a gander at Tharsis [official site]. The turn-based space survival strategy from Choice Provisions, the BIT.TRIP devs formerly known as Gaijin Games, is counting down to a launch tomorrow. Observe:

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Gaijin No More: BIT.TRIPPERS Announce Two Space Games

A little concept of Tharsis's Flight Control

Ooh, it’s all go at BIT.TRIP creators Gaijin Games. They’re not Gaijin Games any more, for one thing. Well, they are a bit, sometimes, in certain circumstances. But under the new name Choice Provisions they’re getting far away from Japan, blasting off into space by announcing two cosmic new games. Laserlife is “a metaphysical journey of euphoric sights and euphonic sounds” about a spaceman’s memories, which does sound pretty BIT.TRIPPY. Tharsis is certainly different, “a turn-based, perma-death, realistic space strategy game” on the first manned mission to Mars.

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