Epic Games Store Include High-speed Brawling and Sci-fi Cannibalism:
Another pair of games is now available for free on the Epic Games Store for the duration of the week: the 2D combat-racer Speed Brawl and Tharsis, a turn-based sci-fi strategy game with dice and cannibalism.
That’s an enticing hook, so let’s start there. Tharsis is about a manned mission to Mars that goes horribly wrong due to a micrometeoroid storm that strikes just after everyone arrives. It is your responsibility to guide the crew through disasters, food shortages, and the day-to-day hassles of trying to survive on a hostile world, all while dealing with the pressures of those “cryptic signals and warnings” emanating from the planet itself.
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It sounds intriguing, but we discovered in our 2016 review that the outcomes are too reliant on luck: “It’s a tough, fun game when the random events and dice rolls make it so, but it’s winnability is so dependent on chance that it mostly feels like losing at video poker,” we wrote. A major post-launch update included a revamped tutorial, “smoother difficulty curve,” and other changes, so hopefully the experience from the Epic Store will be significantly improved.
Speed Brawl, the second game, is a momentum-based brawler about beating up alien invaders as quickly as possible. It sounds strange but intriguing: it’s all about staying fast, building up combos, and using special moves to take down hordes of enemies. There are over 50 events and races to compete in across multiple Speed Brawl leagues, with support for local and online co-op throughout the campaign.
Because it’s probably easier to show than tell, here’s some gameplay.
Speed Brawl and Tharsis are both available for free on the Epic Games Store until September 23rd. Following that, the prison break sim The Escapists will take its turn on the block. Keep an eye out for even more free games on our list of everything that’s currently available.