TMNT, Street Fighter and Attack on Titan getting the board game treatment!
Howdy folks, a couple of interesting developments have plopped into my Inbox, and I just had to share as they relate to licenses I absolutely adore getting their own board game! Fancy playing as Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Done! Want to give M. Bison a good old slap? You got it! Got a hankering for some freaky giant slaying? Gotcha covered!
Having already worked with Capcom to bring us the Megaman boardgame, Jasco Games has another success with obtaining the license for a Street Fighter board game. Details are sketchy other than “characters to life in a brand new board game”. However, this license extends to the TCG called the Universal Fighting System, which previously used the SF characters way back when the game was first created. Whilst UFS was a great game (I lost many years chasing those rares), my fingers are crossed that the board game won’t just be UFS with miniatures.
This announcement came with a lot more details; IDW’s TMNT board game will give fans the chance to take on the role of one of the green-skinned vigilantes or even their nemesis the Shredder. This ‘Big Box’ game will also feature sculpted miniatures and artwork from the current comics. If this alone isn’t enough to get you reaching for the eye-holed bandanna and yelling ‘cowabunga’, IDW went on to describe the game:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past will be a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the hit ongoing IDW comic. Two to five players will battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions where players develop their characters strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex will appear throughout the missions, as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.
These guys already have some great games under their belts (Machi Koro, Tammany Hall), I’m confident they’ll do a cracking job of realising the TMNT universe in cardboard and plastic.
OK, so this may be the one I’m having the most geek-gasm over. I loved the anime, and when the game was announced by big player Cryptozoic I got giddy. Then they said Antoine Bauza, designer of 7 Wonders and Takenoko (amongst a slew of other award winning games) I hit the deck. The first title, to be released in 2016 already features some awesome new features like a vertical board to represent a Titan attacking the ringed city.
In the game, one player takes on the role of a Titan while the others represent the human heroes fighting it. The game features a revolutionary game mechanic, the Titan piece is a vertical game board element and the hero game pieces climb in an effort to take him down.
This will probably be an auto-buy for me; the design pedigree and theme are all enough to put this straight on the buy list.
So what do you guys think? Any of these take your fancy?