They came from another planet and now they want ours! Hundreds of alien soldiers run rampage as the Martians launch their invasion of Earth. In the small town of Greenville, the streets are choked with rubble and civilians are dead or in hiding. The army is on its way, but they may already be too late. This is the day that the people of Earth will remember forever more. This is the day that Mars Attacks!
When the Martians hit Earth, they hit it hard. Fighting now rages all across the globe and the tales of devastation and despair are many.
Our story focuses on a little place called Greenville…Take one look at Greenville and all you’ll see is a friendly American Town. You might not think it’s anything special, but you’d be wrong...
While the world’s governments stood idly by, a secret organisation called the Novas Vira was preparing to defend Earth from the Martians. In hidden locations deep beneath the planet’s surface, they built a secure communications grid using reverse-engineered Martian technology supplied by a mysterious benefactor.
The Martians that planned the Invasion never knew about this hidden network, but now, as their Saucers surround Earth, a Martian General named Tor has learnt of its existence.
Tor knows about the Novas Vira, and plans to use this information to find their leader’s hiding place and become one of the greatest heroes of the Invasion of Earth. His first clue is the relay station he discovered… right in the centre of Greenville.
Now, the invasion has begun. Saucers have landed and the death rays have started firing. It’s time to pick your side and prepare for battle!
Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game is the crazy tabletop game of Martian Mayhem, played with miniatures ready to game with right out of the box.
With Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game, one player controls the might of the Martian Empire’s vast army of invaders and the other the brave defenders of Earth, battling against impossible odds.
You will guide your forces through a number of playable scenarios and the devastated ruins of Greenville using our simple and wacky rules set, culminating in a fierce battle to capture the Novas Vira Communications Center.
Will you persevere with your human forces in a desperate bid to push back the Martians, or will you guide General Tor to his ultimate objective and uncover the leader of the Novas Vira? Only you will decide the fate of the planet!
When I finally heard Mantic had a kickstarter for this game it was already over, but it is now on sale here in their store and in good game stores. And it is also here to share with you!
Look at that box art, its beautiful! colourful, eye catching and iconic.
So is this a minis game or a board game? Join us in finding out!
Lets take a look at the box then, we have seen the great art on the cover, and it continues....
As you slide the box open each side of the inside also has great artwork in it, here we see a couple of the Human Heroes.
Now onto the contents. This box is really packed full of goodies
And the best thing of all of course, its ready to play straight from the box you have your game board.
The Rulebook again features fantastic artwork
On the back cover you have a quick reference to what the different tokens are
Now for all the goodies in the rest of the box!
They add a random element of fun, and also puts into picture your little piece of the battle still has things going on around it.
Just to show you, this is a picture from the Mantic site of them painted up and they look fantastic.
The red characters are the Hero models. General Tor for the Martians. He is a great sculpt to lead the Martians to victory.
And here you can see how good they look all painted. As you can see they are the match of any tabletop wargame.
You get three bags of terrain, and one bag of Mantic connectors. Mantic came up with this system, and it is great, its like lego! you can use the connectors to build up the scenery then take it down again, or you can glue them together. Totally your choice, I think its a superb idea.
What kind of game set in rural America would be complete without Picket fences!. I love the shopping trolley barricade.
With all this scenery you can make your gameboard come alive
So it Packs up like a boardgame, the rules are easy enough to learnt and taught quickly like a boardgame, but have enough depth for a miniatures game. You can play this many times and for many many happy hours. You have the choice though to add upgrades. Mantic is doing upgrades, new models, new books, Flying saucers, models to replace the burning cows, have a look here
The game plays simply, you can do a few things each turn, activate up to two models, who can move and move, aim and shoot, move and shoot, move and play a card and so on. then you alternate. I activate two, your opponent activates up to two until they are all done. Then the next turn begins you remove the tokens and begin again. The scenarios add extra victory points to each scenario, you may get points for killing things, or certain characters, or escaping the board, collecting research items, so many things. All added up on the victory tracker, and when one point gets the winning points the game is over. None of this crazy adding up at the end of random things.
The Heroes with their extra ability and hero points add more variety to the game, you can spend a point to do another action, though the points are finite for the battle so use them wisely!
This is a game that has me so excited at its potential, its so much fun to play, and easy to learn. Unlike most war games it has everything you need to play, and its better quality then most board games, for what you get the value is amazing.
If you want this as a boardgame you will have hours of fun with it, it all packs down into a box again afterwards, and unlike most boardgames you can vary the scenery in position and build each time you play so its never the same. So if you are a board gamer, this is a must have.
If you want a tabletop miniatures wargame, I say again you will have hours of fun with this, and you can expand it to your hearts content with al the ace stuff Mantic have planned for it. So it is a must have.
Most gamers I know recognise Mantic only from Kings of War or Warpath, their fantasy and sci-fi massed battle games. And other people on the internet who say " ohh they just copy GW" No. There is a whole lot more to them then that, go and look at their site, they have truly grown as a company and this is an example of the next level. I for one can not way to see more from them.
We would love for you to stick with us here to see more Mars Attacks articles and follow Olivia my 6 year old daughter and leader of the human forces, and me as Martian Overlord as we play through the scenarios with a battle report for each of them to see if the humans defend their home, or the Martians crush them.