Mantic Games is back with a fun Skirmish Game based on The Walking Dead – All Out War!
The popularity of The Walking Dead cannot be denied. At it’s core it’s a series about people and their survival in the brutal zombie apocalypse. But what happens when the Zombies are no longer the biggest threat? All Out War!
Mantic Games’ new game The Walking Dead: All Out War is an entertaining skirmish level game. Players choose sides as either survivors or as the scavengers and battle over resources. Sounds like a regular table-top skirmish game right? Well this game has a major curve-ball: The Walkers! In and amongst the rubble & wreckage isn’t just supplies – there are also the reanimated remains of the dead walking around…and they look hungry for blood!
Mantic has already shown off quite a few different packs of characters and zombies for you to check out. But this is the core game you’ll need to battle it out in the Walker-infested streets.
Model wise, you get a handful of surviors, scavengers and quite a few walkers in the core box. They all look really well done for single-pose plastics. The cloth on the models is particularly impressive. If you’re one to paint your models They should provide a good hobby challenge as they have lots of folds that will allow you to practice your blending skills.
Gameplay wise – everything is point based. A character may cost 50 points (which is pretty high) but that means they probably have some useful skills to bring to the table. Weapons and gear all cost points as well so it’s pretty easy to figure out the size game you want to play. The Walkers represent the “X” factor. They behave based on some basic AI designed in the rules. They react to noise and movement – if you start taking shots with a gun you’ll attract the Walkers faster than someone who is silently moving. But that could be your tactic to herd them into another direction.
I got to a play a demo at GenCon and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of. Even for non-gamers, this one is a pretty quick “pick-up-and-play” style game, plus all the miniatures are assembly-free. The box contains everything you need to play and you can even try your hand at it solo if you want.
Over-all, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or if you’re looking for a quick skirmish game that doesn’t require a ton of investment (but still has some interesting game play and mechanics) then check out The Walking Dead: All Out War. It’s up for Pre-Order now and should start shipping November 7th!
All Out War is a game of fast-paced, head-to-head skirmishes in the world of the Walking Dead. Assemble a group of your favorite characters from best-selling comic series, kit them out with a variety of weapons, items and abilities, and battle to achieve dominance in the Walker-strewn Atlanta cityscape. Experience first-hand the desperate struggle for survival faced by Rick and his companions as you negotiate constant threats from both the living and the dead. This is gaming as it should be – fast, furious and fun!
This box contains everything two players need to get right into the action, including fully-assembled, highly-detailed plastic miniatures, dice, tokens, quick-start rules and terrain including burnt-out cars and barricades. In a world where danger is ever-present, how will you survive?
This is one game where you DON’T want Carl to stay in the house…