- Category: Miniatures
- Published: Tuesday, 03 February 2015 18:33
- Written by Nick Niotis
With the destruction of the Death Star, the rebels made a significant victory and gave hope to a galaxy that lived under the fear of the Empire.
However the Empire was not defeated and now it is regrouping its forces while the rebels have the chance to stop it one last time. Star Wars Imperial Assault is a game in which one player takes control of the forces of the Empire, while the rest of the players take the role of the Rebel Alliance and cooperate in order to fulfill several missions.
Number of players: 2-5
Average duration: 90’
Gameplay: The campaign mode is the one that ideally highlights the game, as players participate in a story which unfolds between various missions, while at the same time the characters of the Alliance as well as the forces of the Empire are constantly evolving by gaining new skills and equipment. The skirmish mode is definitely a positive addition, since it is basically a second game in the same box. When playing in skirmish, Imperial Assault is transformed in a competitive game for two players, in which each player creates their own mini army and face their opponent in various missions.
Difficulty Level: Even though the game has many rules and various characteristics, the structure of the rulebooks as well as the game missions make learning easy, since you learn the game as you play.
Component Quality: The component quality is stunning, with the art on the various tokens, cards and tiles that comprise the game board being great and in absolute harmony with the game theme. The overall quality of the components is very high, with the miniatures being the highlight of the game.
Durability: Despite the fact that the game offers two totally different gameplays, even if you choose just one of them, the variety of available choices is sure to make each of your games a totally different experience.
Gameplay: As it has already been mentioned, the character level up as well as the Empire power gain in combination with the wonderful story that evolves through the missions are the strengths of the title, which however are not apparent when you play only one mission, where the game offers a rather poor gaming experience. Furthermore, the fact that in some missions one side significantly prevails over the other is a characteristic that does not play an important role in the campaign mode of the game, but will definitely annoy you when you play just one mission.
Star Wars Imperial Assault is a game which will surely satisfy the Star Wars fans since it is in perfect harmony with its theme. However it is rightfully characterized as a Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd edition in the Star Wars Universe (or Descent 2.5), since it is exactly that and the very few changes or additions are not enought to distinctly differentiate it from Descent.
Who is it for:
Family Gamer: Maybe. The gamers of the category who are Star Wars fans and who will not be put off by the game rules are sure to be completely satisfied with the game.
Social Gamer: No. The game rules are too many and too deep and will tire and repel the gamers of this category.
Strategy Gamer: Maybe. Even though strategy is one of the characteristics of the title, it is definitely not the main one. However the addition of the skirmish mode will attract many strategy gamers, despite the strong presence of the dice.
Hobby Gamer: Yes. The quantity and quality of the game components combined with the rich gaming experience of the title, are sure to lure every hobby gamer.
Hardcore Gamer: Yes. The depth and variety of choices both in the gameplay as well as in character and unit building, combined with the competitive character of the game which is fully materialized in the skirmish mode are sure to satisfy the gamers of this category.
1 campaign book
1 skirmish mode guide
6 hero sheets
149 various tokens
1 threat and round dial
4 doors and 4 stands