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  • Summary: Trials of Fire is a single player, turn-based strategy game set in a post-cataclysmic fantasy realm.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    Trials of Fire is a new legend for single-player strategy. Combining all the best of tactical board game combat, deck-building, and narrative, this game is a contender for best roguelikes available right now. It does have some flaws that keep me from recommending it categorically, but nothing that overwhelms the depth of strategy at play here. I have long been starved as a fan of turn-based combat, and Trials of Fire has finally erupted from the depths of the earth to satisfy that need.
  2. Apr 13, 2021
    90
    Trials of Fire just has so much to offer. Addicting combat, awesome art style, old-school charm, near endless amounts of replayability, and just tons of unique options. Couple that with the option to tailor your experience to your own time limits, and there’s very little not to love. Honestly, as I said before, my sole criticism of this game is that it presents the narrative in an okay-ish format. But it’s easily forgiven with the sheer amount of everything else available.
  3. Apr 16, 2021
    90
    Trials of Fire is a fantastic deck-building game. It is enhanced by also acting like a rouguelike for endless replayability, and it crafts a rich world around its characters. Trials of Fire only disappoints on one front: that the story it actually tells seems more like a teaser than an epic. While I can't complain in that it is priced like a single episode in a longer saga, I am left wanting for the rest of the saga. Maybe that's altogether not the worst thing...
  4. Apr 14, 2021
    80
    When you fail a Trial of Fire, you learn and you move on. The thing about this game is that every single run is better than the last one, even if it’s decidedly more short-lived. In fact, that’s actually a blessing in disguise - more time for another go before bed, eh?
  5. Apr 19, 2021
    80
    Trials of Fire is a great game for beginners or veteran of deck building games. The variety of challenges, characters, and cards to choose from allows you to use your brain and strategize while also having fun and completing the challenges.
  6. Apr 19, 2021
    80
    Trials of Fire is an amazing blend of RPG, turn-based, and roguelike mechanics that manages to be both deep and accessible at the same time. With a great storybook presentation, tons of different options to customize the experience, and the multitude of builds made possible by the great deck-building system, even those with a passing interest in roguelike and role-playing games will find plenty to like in the game.
  7. Mar 22, 2022
    50
    There are some rough spots with the UI, a bit of repetition with some overworld aspects, but nitpicks aside Trials of Fire was actually highly enjoyable both as a strategy game, and a deck builder. The fact the game has some strong Heroes of Might and Magic vibes going on is icing on the cake. The problem comes through that a single play (~2-4 hours) is about all it takes to get most out of the game. After that players likely won't be back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    A outstanding game that is part Slay the Spire part Xcom, a lot of options and opportunities and the right punishment. A game that any DeckA outstanding game that is part Slay the Spire part Xcom, a lot of options and opportunities and the right punishment. A game that any Deck builder and Roguelike fan must play... Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2021
    10
    Incredible game. See my steam review: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198021782092/recommended/1038370/
  3. Apr 11, 2021
    10
    I used to love playing Magic The Gathering, but it become hard to keep up with the cards and find the time to play a game. I stumbled acrossI used to love playing Magic The Gathering, but it become hard to keep up with the cards and find the time to play a game. I stumbled across this in early access and have been playing it over the past couple of years as the devs and the community shaped this into one hell of a game. It was great from the get-go, now it’s pretty much spot on. I must have put in 100 hours easily and every time I play it, i learn something new, a trick, a new tactic. It’s immensely enjoyable and infinitely replayable. Expand
  4. May 19, 2021
    10
    Slay the spire combined with XCOM. Several campaigns ranging from 60-240 minutes long. The right amount of punishing. Love it!
  5. Jul 17, 2021
    9
    Amazing how varied AND balanced this game is. I've had constantly fun for 50 hours playing this game and beating it on ''cataclysm 1'' is theAmazing how varied AND balanced this game is. I've had constantly fun for 50 hours playing this game and beating it on ''cataclysm 1'' is the most satisfying gaming moment I've had in a long time. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2021
    7
    I enjoyed the deck building and card playing in the game, also appreciated the various different characters available for choose, with eachI enjoyed the deck building and card playing in the game, also appreciated the various different characters available for choose, with each having completely different playstyle. Graphic and effect are not good, stories and be repetitive after a few rounds, but overall it is an enjoyable game. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2021
    5
    This game could have been so much better. The card based game play is great and there is a cool option to include your own character portraitsThis game could have been so much better. The card based game play is great and there is a cool option to include your own character portraits and models. This is a must as the included character portraits are horrible especially for the warrior. It looks like a weird medusa like woman. However, bad unrealistic characters and bland repetitive story let this down. Graphics and effects and pretty bad while the card art is nice. Feels like playing a game from the 90s in terms of quality and overall aesthetic. Again, excellent idea but very poorly executed. I hope they get a chance to make a sequel and improve on it. Expand

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