If you have come to look at this game, chances are you're a fan of the boardgame -- and so am I. Blood Bowl is one of the best boardgames ever made; this is your chance to play the same game on your PC. The teams you control are the most famous teams in the Warhammer universe: The Underworld Creepers, The Gouged Eye and Dwarf Giants, to name a few. You take on the role of the coach, and it is your duty to gain the golden trophy.
At least this is the idea. Unfortunately, the game doesn't live up to the high standards of the boardgame. The first drawback you will notice is that you no longer use the Special Cards (Dirty Tricks, Magic Items and Random Events). As you can probably imagine, the game is not the same without these. Personally, I miss the Magic Helmet most. The actual playing is exactly the same; it is turn-based and will require tactical thinking. You must plan every move carefully. When the game comes to an end and all the Star Player Points (SPP) have been given out, you may want to give your players new abilities. Sorry, but you can't. The game engine chooses these for you automatically (and randomly, it seems). You may have a Blocker, who would benefit the most from gaining the Block or Mighty Blow skill, but suddenly he will have Sure Hands the next time you see him. The only way you can influence your players is by buying Star Players like Hafklem Skuttlespike or Griff Oberwald.
So aren't there any positive aspects to this game? Yes, there are - in a manner of speaking. Hardcore fanatics of the boardgame will not enjoy the game, as they will feel that they are not allowed to make any decisions regarding their own teams, but those who are just after some mindless fun in a fantasy world will find this game to be interesting and new. (How many turn-based football games do you know of?) What really bugs me about the game is that the producers decided to put in badly-made voices and even place themselves as Star Players in the game. They used up a lot of valuable disk-space on this, which might have been used for the Special Cards and a list to choose new skills from.
Bad producers - next time, try to take an assignment seriously and cover all aspects of the game, not just some. The game would and should have received 5 points had it been a true copy, whereas this only scores a 3. I would still play the game, but not over a game of real Blood Bowl with a friend,the old-fashioned way.
For the game to work you need to install it to C:\Bloodbowl and run it through DOSBox.
You will also note that the replays don't work. Just press Esc and all will be fine.
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