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Chainsaw Warrior, a little known tabletop game from my youth, originally published by Games Workshop. It’s been a long time since this was a thing I had never played. Now there is a Steam version for PC, created by Auroch Digital and I bought it, so what is it like? Gather round and I’ll let ya know…

New York: Manhattan set in an alternate future universe, is in peril, a portal of evil has sprung open there and you have 60 minutes left to save the world. That’s basically the plot, when a story is that simple, you know the creator focused on the game design, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

At £3.99 on Steam, you may turn your nose up at the simplicity and apparent cheapness of this game, however that would be unfair. While it isn’t going to hold up to the triple A titles it certainly isn’t trying to. With a simple interface obviously more for touch screens with it’s rather awkward button placement, this manages to be an entertaining card & dice rpg for a quick 15 minute game.

The three difficulty settings work well at making the game easier, while also providing a similar experience and challenge.  Choosing your equipment and rolling the dice for your stats is satisfying, despite being sometimes forced to play with less than optimal results, this actually feels more engaging than many modern rpg mechanics.

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When you get a bum roll and feel you’re destined to fail because of it, it actually inspires you to find out just how far you can progress before you meet your doom. At its heart, is the same compelling mechanic that made the original tabletop version so cherished by the nerds of yesteryear.

The fact is, you can do everything right and still lose the game, the random nature of the game can be frustrating if all you want to do is “win”. However if you consider each game more of an adventure where success is a small, minute possibility, it makes the game far more than the sum of its parts.

I played about 10 games and only succeeded once, but that didn’t seem to matter, the journey is what matters and the events you encounter along the way. The variety of cards and equipment is decent enough for the price point, when you look at the games concept, they could have fleshed it out more but then for the price and perhaps the desire to remain authentic, they chose not to.

I happen to think Chainsaw Warrior is a fun little game, probably more suited to mobile gameplay with it’s ability to stop and start each turn of a card when required. However the PC version works fine and could provide entertainment beyond it’s value. You may want to wait a little for a steam sale if you’re really skeptical but I would definitely say it’s worth playing at some point.

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