It’s time to lead your band of adventurers to hell and back, or at least into dungeons filled with orcs, goblins, trolls, and other despicable fantasy creatures. Warhammer Quest is now available on iOS, and it brings the well known fantasy board game to the touch based platform. Rather than just a digital version of the board game, it’s an all new strategy experience set in the Warhammer world. You’re given a deluxe quest filled adventure that pits you in dungeon after dungeon coming across a wide assortment of enemies. The dungeon crawler genre hasn’t always been the most accessible, and neither is the Warhammer franchise, but you don’t need to be familiar with either to enjoy Warhammer Quest.
The game tries to walk a tight rope of appealing to those interested in Warhammer, while also trying to make it friendly to more casual gamers. The result is a game that has a lot of intricacies that are optional allowing anyone to dive right in, and lead their band of adventurers almost as though you’re diving into a Lord of the Rings world. There’s a top down perspective with movement a lot like the board game with the game split into a square grid that couldn’t be easier to operate as you simply double tap to where you want your character to move within their range. Once you get into battle, enemies highlight red, orange or pink depending on melee, range, or spell attacks, but again you simply tap to see the move, and tap again to confirm. There’s a whole lot more going on, but if you can handle that, then you can battle your way to success.
At your disposal is a soldier, archer, dwarf, and wizard with each having specific traits to use, and you get to use them all in one turn. There’s plenty of strategy as you position your characters, sequence your attacks, and use items. The inventory has a neat implementation as you can rotate to portrait mode to access new boosts, and outfit new weapons. There’s always something to do in the game to supply constant action making it one of the best dungeon crawlers in the App Store. It comes from the makers of the Hunters series, and offers a similar top down turn based strategy style, and that can be a bit of a drawback. There’s definitely some repetition in the way the dungeon battles unfold, and there’s not the most depth in terms of actual gameplay elements. Also, the game isn’t really like Warhammer, which is based on multiplayer battles, and this is solely a single player experience.
The developers don’t walk the tight rope as well as they could, so the game can be a bit of a turn off to more hardcore gamers. At the same time, the game doesn’t do the best at clarifying the details of the attack system, and how it’s dependent upon varying elements between the two combatants. There’s no doubt it’s not for everyone, but if you give it a little investment of time, you will get a nice reward from all that’s included. There’s a nice art design as well to depict all that you come across through the ornately designed dungeons. After a couple rounds, you will want to simply keep moving from quest to quest, and in doing so you’ll come across a large catalog of RPG elements to upgrade your heroes’ abilities and weaponry.
Warhammer Quest ($4.99, Universal) is such a deluxe experience with so much to go through making it a worthwhile addition to the iOS platform, as well as your personal catalog.