Game Review: DEADZONE

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

Deadzone Review

Review: Deadzone / Designer: Jake Thornton / Publisher: Mantic Games / Release Date: Out Now

Games manufacturer Mantic are seen by many as the clear rival to model-making giant Games Workshop. Though GW have many rivals who happen to be much larger, Mantic are based in the same city and also happen to employ a lot of ex-GW staff, so the rivalry seems a bit obvious. This is compounded by the similarity between the two companies' product lists. Mantic’s last offering was the hyper-violent sci-fi sports game DreadBall which drew many casual comparisons with the hyper-violent fantasy sports game Blood Bowl, regarded as one of GW’s classic games. Their latest game, Deadzone, is a scenery-heavy skirmish game and therefore draws some comparison with classic (and utterly unsupported and out of print) gang war game, Necromunda.

Luckily for Deadzone, it only bares a passing resemblance to a game that is almost twenty years old. It’s far more cinematic and has much smoother game mechanics. The game is set in Mantic’s Warpath universe, a sci-fi world. The broad plot covers plague-infected monsters invading an area and heavily armed and armoured Enforcers going in to purge the horrors. The rulebook is crammed with references to a broader world and though it could do with a little more flavour text, it does work as a nice development of the Warpath world.

Games designer Jake Thornton has crammed in many clever little mechanics such as line of sight and exploding dice. (Which means rolling an 8 is actually exciting). Despite being essentially a war game, Deadzone has many board game-like elements. Everything takes place on a 2'x2' rubber mat and movement is divided into ‘cubes’. The boxed set comes with lots of scenery so you find yourself moving up and over crates and gantry ways looking for a tactical advantage. With movement simplified to cubes it makes actions very straightforward. Added to this, action is divided into discrete lumps, meaning that it’s never too long before it’s your turn so you won’t get bored or distracted.

In addition, various cards allow special actions and bonuses, most of which enhance the action movie feel. It’s an interesting blend of board and war game and the more complex elements (such as special rules for special models) are handled through the careful use of counters and cards. Thornton has tried to make this game as smooth and as simple to play as possible.  

Deadzone started out as a Kickstarter and people who subscribed to that campaign received lots of goodies. The regular retail set has less goodies (23 models and a whole pile of scenery, counters and the like). This probably explains why the box itself feels a little roomy. There’re plenty of models in the regular set and it’s good for its price, but the box is huge. Deadzone is a worthy addition to anyone’s gaming collection, but you might have a problem fitting it on the shelf.



Suggested Articles:
There have been few games over the past year stranger than Space Hulk – Deathwing. While this
The Last Guardian is one of those old oddities about the gaming industry. When it first hit audience
Fantasy Flight’s massive space war game, Star Wars Armada, is designed to emulate the epic battles
Zombies plague the modern age. The success of the TV show Walking Dead has meant that shambling corp
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Games Reviews

WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE HULK - DEATHWING 20 December 2016

THE LAST GUARDIAN 10 December 2016

THE DWARVES 10 December 2016

STAR WARS ARMADA: WAVE 3 AND 4 08 December 2016

THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR MINIATURES GAME 08 December 2016

LEGENDS UNTOLD 03 December 2016

HALO GROUND COMMAND - BATTLE FOR REACH 03 December 2016

OMINOES 02 December 2016

CITIES: SKYLINES – NATURAL DISASTERS 30 November 2016

BLOSSOM TALES: THE SLEEPING KING [PREVIEW] 16 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144