Being so involved in video games, I fully admit that I’m often woefully unaware of really awesome board games and it isn’t until they get an equally awesome port that they even pop up on my radar. A couple of days ago I hadn’t the slightest idea what Neuroshima Hex! was, but after watching the trailer and checking out the game, it’s high up on my most anticipated game list. Neuroshima Hex! is a tactical hexagonal board game set in the Neuroshima tabletop RPG universe. This universe is host to fantastic things like nuclear war, rebellious sentient artificial intelligence, carnivorous vegetation, mutants, and humans that are just trying to survive in the middle of all this.
The board game is playable by up to four players (or single player against AI opponents), utilizing four different factions each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The goal of the game is to take over the enemy headquarters by placing tiles on the board. There are a number of videos on YouTube detailing exactly how the game is set up and played, and it sounds wonderfully complicated.
Neuroshima Hex! is being released this month, and after seeing exactly how awesome board games could be on the iPhone with Carcassonne [$4.99], I’m really excited for the game. It’s fully licensed, features all of the original art, and there’s even plans for an iPad version in the works.