Indie developers Auroch Digital have announced they are making a digital version of the Games Workshop board game you'll never have heard of, but should have played! None other than the 80s singleplayer board game Chainsaw Warrior, a personal favourite of mine.
For those unaware, Chainsaw Warrior pitted the player against a post-apocalyptic New York, full of mutants, zombies, rats and a malevolent entity whose trying to drag the city into the dimensional warp from which he came. What made the board game so unique was that it could be played by yourself, and took, in theory about 60 minutes, and was quite possibly the most challenging, and unfair game out there.
Up until 2008 you could play Chainsaw Warrior online for free, however when the site was taken down, many fans were depraved of the addictive board game, thanks to Auroch Digital that will never be a problem again, so get ready to die to a puddle of slime and fall to the radiation of a Mutant Thing, I'm getting so excited at the prospect I might even get the boardgame down and have a play!
It just so happens that Auroch Digital's Production Director Tomas Rawlings was also a huge fan:
It's a game I played as a kid and loved. I see it as the pre-cursor of First Person Shooters when video games technology could not really do the first person or the shooting. For me this is not only a great game, but a classic of board game design - a solo shooter that really challenges the player. When we spoke to Games Workshop about developing a game this was the top of my list. I loved the 80s style of the game and we've kept much of that in our design as well as faithfully translating the gameplay. Don't expect to win the game easily. This was the Dark Souls or Super Meat Boy of its day. Players didn't want to buy the game and run out of challenge at first play. The game has many ways to kill you and is unafraid to use them - which makes it all the sweeter when you finally win.
Chainsaw Warrior is due for a release on iPad, iPhone and Android devices at the end of the Summer with a PC and Mac version due slightly later. To keep up to date with Chainsaw Warrior, be sure to like Auroch Digital on Facebook.
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