Alien assault! All hands on deck
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Players: One to four Price: £ 39.99 Publisher: Cool Mini Or Not
Like a videogame
“Horde” mode, this multiplayer deck- builder pits up to four divisions of the NorTec Military against rampaging aliens. Survive nine attacks split across three, increasingly brutal waves, and the group wins; if the base’s hit points are reduced to zero, the aliens win the day.
Although convoluted in set- up, the game is relatively simple. At the start of each round, you reinforce your squad with new troops and buy new equipment – both of which are in short supply – and then use the men and material at your disposal to defend against the onslaught. Attackers are dealt face down and engaged one at a time, to add an air of surprise.
Both species have skills and perks that can be applied during combat. But even though it’s just a case of matching damage vs health, you often have a situation where both characters have taken damage, and are being partially protected and/ or buffed by another character or piece of equipment, so it can be tricky to keep track of who’s done what to whom.
Despite its flaws, XenoShyft: Onslaught is engaging and fun. As the battle to save the last vestiges of your base grows ever fiercer, the co- op element – in which you can offer to lob a grenade or pass on a medpack – really comes into play, and makes for a pleasantly different gaming experience. Steve Jarratt