Warhammer has always been a fun franchise. It’s seen different genres since the original mini fig table top game. There have shooters, tactical games, and books based on the original game. When I heard first of the title, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Little did I know, I was going to be in for one of the best chess games ever. To give you an idea to start, think Battle Chess. An insanely popular game from the late 80s to early 90s. If you enjoyed that, then you are in the right place. Let’s get into the review.
When you start the game, you choose your style of game. Either “Regicide” or “Classic”. There is also a campaign mode that I’ll get into later. First we will get into the classic mode. Before getting into the game, you choose your mode, difficulty, races, and faction options. I was a bit disappointed that you could only be Space Marines or Orks. Hopefully more will be added. With how many are in the Warhammer universe, I expected more. Once you are done with the setup, you’re ready to start playing.
As stated above, you are playing chess. The movements and goals are the same. Your various ranks of characters play the traditional chess roles.
Pawns: Tactical Marine
Knight: Assault Marine
I would highly recommend not playing on Novice, you will steamroll through your AI opponent in no time. The battle animations keep this mode from getting stale. From a chainsaw blade ripping through your face to completely getting exploded into a bloody rain, the kill screens are brutal. Your games will end in the typical way. Checkmate or stalemate.
Regicide is where the game changes. You have to completely rethink how you go about taking on your opponent. In chess you can hide on a space away from the reach of your enemy. Now, that all changes. Your characters now have to worry about hit points, attack strength, and defense. When you complete your initial move, you get a couple extra moves to up your defense or attack. You can toss grenades from afar, leech life off of a nearby piece, or try for a close up attack. It all varies on the piece. When you use these special moves, they all take up a different point amount. Once you are out of points, your turn is over. These can also turn the tide really fast. Your strongest piece can easily be taken out by the weakest. You definitely have to think every move through before you make it. There is a lot of luck involved as well. It isn’t enough to pull you out of the experience though.
The campaign takes the Regicide mode and creates a challenging puzzle game. It takes the game board and transforms it with enemies placed in certain areas and barricades in your way. Sometimes you need to wipe out your opposition or just take out a single piece on the board. These mind benders will take some time and they are a lot of trial and error. The well thought out tutorials help with that a bit. Another bright spot of the campaign mode is the voice over work. If you played the Dawn of War series, you will recognize some of the voices. Put that together with an engaging story and you have a great campaign. If you play this game for nothing else, play this mode. Stick with it and push through to the end. It also helps you with the slow progression. By the time you finish, you will have moved ahead quite a bit.
Overall, if you are a fan of Warhammer 40K, love chess, or puzzlers, you need to get this game. At $15 dollars, the price is definitely right. Hopefully they will add more races.
- $15 dollars is comparable to other chess titles.
- Up close the character models are very well done.
- The Regicide Mode adds an interesting twist to the class game of chess.
- Customization keeps you coming back for more.
- The campaign puzzles are challenging.
- Only two races.
- Limited battle animations.
- Multiplayer is easy to set up but getting into a match sometimes is a hassle.
- Campaign is fun but short and limited.
- Progression is slow.