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Thousand Threads (2020) is an open-world game of consequences. You are free to interact with the world, animals and people however you like, give, take, save, kill, inform, hide, befriend, and betray. But how you do this will have ongoing and unavoidable implications.

You can gather plants, mushrooms, pelts, and more to craft and upgrade your tools, weapons, and ammo along the way. But as you start to interact with other characters things get more morally complex.

You take on jobs for people like finding an attacker's identity. You can retrieve stolen items or deliver a gift. Perhaps you will help look for a lost keepsake. Will you help these people and complete the tasks or will you betray them and keep the item or money? If you see someone being attacked, lend a helping (or hurting) hand.

As you play you can deliver the mail to different people. But if you open letters and read them instead you can discover more about the people you meet, those who are easy to find and those who are more reclusive. There are ruins to discover and artefacts to collect.

But in each of these choices, characters remember and react to the actions you and others take. You can attack, rob, or kill just about anyone. But you’re likely to make enemies. And they’re likely to tell their friends and family. And you’ll likely need to watch your back. But it’s almost never too late to turn old enemies into friends.

It's a game that raises all sorts of moral and ethical conundrums without assuming a correct or right answer.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Thousand Threads 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Narrative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


Each time you play the experience is different and the characters have changed so you can try different approaches to extend playtime.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Not yet rated as it doesn't have a console or boxed release. The developer stated that: "It includes mild violence with no blood or gore. There's no cursing/swearing. The subject matter and themes can be serious or dark at times. Themes include talk of death, mistakes, troubled relationships, histories of violence and xenophobia. Nothing is explicit or gratuitous but it's important for parents to check out the game before younger players experience it.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need the patience and curiosity to investigate a large open world of characters. To progress the game you need to make decisions about how you deal with each of them. It's a game that works best for players looking for a world in which to use their imagination rather than a pre-built narrative. You also need to deal with a large cast of interrelated characters.


Thousand Threads usually costs £15.49.

Thousand Threads

Steam Store PC £15.49
Steam Store Mac £15.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/07/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 35 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Threads Game (@ThreadsGame)

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