TGN Feature: Mars Attacks from Mantic Games
ACK! MARS ATTACKS!!
Only in Mars Attacks can you take command of a bunch of Martians to chase down and slaughter humans, avoid flying cars hurled by giant robots, engage in heroic battles with a knight in shining armour and oh, set fire to cows! What more could you ask for from a game?!
Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Games is the crazy tabletop game of Martian Mayhem from Mantic Games. The simple rules and random event cards together with the coloured, ready to play plastic miniatures, add up to a wacky, incredibly fun game, which is both immersive and cinematic.
It is all inspired by Topp’s Mars Attacks Invasion cards, a recently revamped line based on the 1960s collectible cards, and the acclaimed IDW comic series. Whether you remember the first run, or have recently encountered it, Mantic Games have gone out of their way to ensure that the game lovingly reflects the reference material, making it an ideal gift for fans, or a great introduction for those that are new to the IP.
Prepare your tabletop for invasion
At the heart of Mars Attacks are the Martians themselves. Vicious and vile, they come ready to play in turquoise plastic, though you can paint them as Mantic have, supplied with detachable transparent helmets to give them their iconic domes.
The Martians are led by the infamous General Tor, an ambitious commander with a point to prove. He demands the head of the leader of the human resistance, though only to cement his place as the great Martian General to have ever lived. Play as this maniacal genius and take over the world… or suffer the consequences of losing to the human race!
Will you put down the rebellion once and for all, or will you be sent back to Martian High Command with your tail between your legs?
Welcome to Greenville USA
The events of the game take place in the small town of Greenville, USA, just after the world has been invaded by the Martians.
You and your opponent take control of one of the two factions available and complete a number of story-driven missions. Will you lead humanity’s resistance and prevent the Martian commander General Tor from discovering the secret communication network on Earth or will you command the Martians to thwart mankind and conquer Earth for eternity?
From gathering intel, to simple and glorious carnage, each scenario pushes the story forward. But it’s you against the Martians (or you as the Martians) wreaking havoc in the ruined town of Greenville. And there are extra missions available – expansions that add flavour and interest to the world.
While Mars Attacks centres on the Martians themselves, the human race isn’t going down without a fight!
There are nine characterful civilian heroes available, each with a unique and immersive backstory, though not all of them are good. Some are on the run from the law, others are anti-social loners, and others are dignified, strong-willed survivors, all hell-bent on protecting the earth when the saucers start flying.
Coupled with a handful of US Marines to help you defend them, the human race is lovingly created, inspired from the comics and artwork. From small town heroes to rebels, you’ve got the chance to play someone truly memorable, and either kick the Martians off earth, or die trying.
And honestly, what’s more badass than a hero in plate mail, fighting off the invading hordes?
Begin your adventure
Whether you’re an experienced gamer or completely new to the genre, Mars Attacks: The Miniature games is an excellent addition or start to your gaming collection.
From coloured, ready to play plastic miniatures, to a simple comic-book sized rule and scenario book, Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game contains everything you need to get gaming immediately.
There are 40 plastic miniatures and a whole load of quick-assembly ruined scenery pieces that you can use to bring the devastated warzone of Greenville to life. Your characters can use this as cover, giving you an immersive, 3D gaming environment with the same quality as the miniatures on the tabletop!
With event cards, heroics, injury and action tokens, dice, and more, there’s also a full colour gaming mat and 3D event counters like civilians, wrecked car, and even mutant bugs. There’s all most no end to the variety in the box.
Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game is quite simply full of stuff. And Mantic shows no sign of slowing its support for the game down.
It’s out of this world fun
Whilst many of the civilians have been designed by Mantic themselves, the game features the classic Martians from the cards and Mantic have promised the introduction of Flying Saucers, Giant mutated bugs, and stompy robots in the future. They are a unique and strong counterpoint to the artwork-come-to-life pieces that Mantic Games have digitally mastered and created pieces from.
There will even be new types of figures based on the Science Division, a hardcore group of Martians that use experimental weaponry, and the Novas Vira human resistance group, who have secretly been preparing for the Martian invasion for years. It’s no surprise that the depth of the game is reflected in the diverse factions, each with unique mechanics and abilities to keep the game interesting.
Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game blends simple board game ideas with tabletop mechanics and adds a whole load of fun and craziness to create a war game that is simple to play with friends and family.
Prepare your tabletop for invasion friends. Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game is set to take the world by storm