Parents' Guide to

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Chess gets gruesomely gory ... in space.

Game Windows 2015
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Chess has been around for hundreds of years, but that hasn't stopped people from trying to improve on it. Warhammer 40,000: Regicide replaces traditional chess pieces with characters from the popular Games Workshop franchise, transforming the chessboard into a gory, sci-fi war zone. Visually, Regicide packs in a surprising amount of detail, allowing players to zoom in tight on the visceral action. Unlike in regular chess matches, you don't capture enemy pieces so much as you blast them into chunky bits.

Set aside the violence and gore of Regicide, and you're still left with a surprisingly strong strategy game. Classic games recreate traditional chess flawlessly, but Regicide games are where the game really shines. By adding new twists to the gameplay, such as specialized attacks, defensive positioning, and initiative points, Regicide feels like a brand-new but still familiar tabletop experience, with a whole new set of strategies to try out against either computer-controlled or online human opponents. It's a whole new take on the timeless classic and just as hard to stop playing.

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