Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 12, 2021
    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 16, 2021
    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...
  3. Apr 13, 2021
    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.
  4. Apr 6, 2021
    Trials of Fire is uniquely entertaining, and it's an absolute joy to play because every run is challenging, and every fight is a blast to play thanks to the intricacies and strategies you can develop. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who's looking for a roguelike that's less action and more strategy, and especially so if you love a good TTRPG.
  5. Apr 7, 2021
    Trials of Fire's list of features may read like a videogame word salad, but the resulting combination makes for a fine RPG feast.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Apr 22, 2021
    Even as playing boardgames in person becomes a reality once more, we suspect that Trials Of Fire's baggy charms will ensure it keeps us from the table on a fair few evenings to come. [Issue#358, p.110]
  7. Apr 21, 2021
    Push past the convoluted mechanics and daunting start of Trials of Fire to be greeted by a deep and engaging deck-building rogue-like that’s meticulously designed, generous with content, and rewarding to play.
  8. Apr 19, 2021
    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.
  9. Apr 19, 2021
    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.
  10. Apr 14, 2021
    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?
  11. Apr 11, 2021
    Trials of Fire is a masterful combination of several genres that manages to establish its own identity early on and build on it throughout.
  12. Apr 8, 2021
    A really lovely twist on sandbox RPGs that draws inspiration from choose your own adventure novels right through to Slay the Spire. Definitely for those itching to get off the dice and make your own luck.
  13. 80
    At its heart, Trials of Fire is a survival game in the way only roguelikes can be: where each battle, decision, and knock-on-effect can determine your demise further down the road. It’s also very tough as many encounters spawn a random number of enemies. Trials of Fire’s card system makes being outnumbered feel a little unfair at times too, as the opponent has more cards to work with, as well as more potential mana, more armor, and more movement to gain from discarding them. However, its smart mechanics, survival play, and deck-building make up for any criticisms I have leveled at it. I’ll definitely dive back in for another adventure before too long, though perhaps on a lower difficulty…
  14. Apr 6, 2021
    Ultimately, it's not surprising to see Trials of Fire emerge out of Early Access as a strong deckbuilding contender. That time spent listening to player feedback was used wisely, and balancing, tone, and innovation have all been tweaked with a deft hand. While some of its elements shine more brightly than others, and the more involved nature of the game means it's a tougher sell for players looking to rapid-fire their way through its learning curve and combinations, Trials of Fire leaves Early Access as yet another strong, captivating deckbuilding game that borrows from tabletop roleplaying games and roguelites to carve out a name for itself.
  15. Mar 22, 2022
    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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  1. Apr 12, 2021
    Trials of Fire is a complex but seductive deck-building strategy game about sculpting the perfect RPG team.
  2. Apr 18, 2021
    ’Trials of Fire’ blends a roguelike deckbuilder and tactical hex based combat with small maps that don’t feel cramped.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Nov 26, 2021
    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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2021
    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. Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2021
    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. Full Review »