Milton Bradley / Hasbro
Review by Lando Da Pimp
This past February at Toy
Fair we were shown the new role-playing game from
Milton Bradley / Hasbro called Heroscape. I was immediately
drawn to it for one reason, the game board. The few role-playing
games I play either have no board or use a flat one-dimensional
map. Heroscape not only uses a three-dimensional board
but it is customizable so that every game you play can be
different. The board is made up of a series of platforms
of different colored lands. Using these platforms you are
able to create level upon level for great game play. The
inclusion of water platforms and building ruins create unique
game is the battle of all time. That is exactly
what the game is about. Not only can you use modern day
armies but you can also fight with knights, futuristic
soldiers, and samurai's. The back-story of the game is about
a man Thormun whose discovery of the magical wellsprings
led him and his people of Valhalla to gain great powers.
This power became the downfall of the Kyrie leading to civil
war for the struggle of these wellsprings. When the Kyrie
drank from these Wellsprings they would have great visions
of heroes, warriors, and creatures from other worlds and
times. The Kyrie devised ways to beckon them to Valhalla
to fight for their side. Valhalla has now become a war torn
and desolate ruin.
The game guide includes a number of story scenarios but
you can also customize your game play. Because this was
the first time playing Heroscape, I played a basic scenario
of all out war. Each scenario gives a maximum point value
for your army. Based on that point value you choose your
characters based on the Army Cards point values. The Army
Cards give the characters move, range, attack, and defense
numbers. These numbers provide the information you need
to move, attack, and defend your army from your opponents.
The basic initiative for the game is to destroy your opponents
but you are capable of creating various story line scenarios.
round, a player is given three different turns. You can
use these turns on three different characters or just the
one. On a turn you have the opportunity to move your character
within a limited number of spaces allowed. Some characters
have the ability to climb up and down the different levels.
When you are ready to attack an opponent the fighting is
very similar to the game of Risk. Based on your attack
level and your opponent's defense level, you each roll attack
dice. A hit from the attacker is represented with a skull
on the dice. The defenders roll for a shield. At the end
of 10 rounds the game is over.
If you are interested in role-playing games you won't be
disappointed with Heroscape. The different characters all
are sculpted and have wonderful paint jobs that put Heroclix
to shame. The best part of the game is the three-dimensional
board, which can provide many different game scenarios.
I wouldn't consider myself an expert on role-playing games
but this is one of the most enjoyable role-playing games
I have played.
You can find more information from the official site Hasbro.com/Heroscape
Pick this game up from Amazon.com.
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