- Category: Sci-Fi
- Published: Friday, 27 June 2014 07:12
- Written by Nick Niotis
Based on the very successful BioShock Infinite video game, BioShock Infinite: the Siege of Columbia board game, travels players to the imaginary floating city of Columbia, but this time seeing this from a different point of view, as in the board game the players lead the role of one out of two opponent forces, Founders and Vox Populi, who are trying to conquer Columbia.
Number of players: 2-4
Average Duration: 60’
Component Quality: Both the illustration and the component quality are impressive; the game has a gorgeous board and miniatures that give a beautiful aesthetic result.
Game Mechanics: A basic characteristic of the game is the sense of progress, as in every round various incidents change critically the game mechanics, while at the same time new quests are added to the already existing ones, influencing the players’ strategy to a great extent, as it’s not clear from the beginning which tactic will help you gain the most victory points. At the same time the players evolve as they will constantly enrich their army with new units, while simultaneously be able to improve most of them.
Rules: Although BioShock Infinite: the Siege of Columbia is a board game with quite a large depth, the rule book helps very much its learning. The two modes of play, with basic and developed rules is also an advantage.
Luck vs Strategy: Although the specific game has many strategic and tactical choices, the luck factor which results from the dice and the various events is very intense.
Game Mechanics: Even if it’s possible for four players to play in two pairs, the game is better for two players, as the duration and the downtime are greatly increased in a 4 player game.
Setup Time: The game contents in conjunction with the not well-prepared storing space, are of high importance for the game’s long setup time.
BioShock Infinite: the Siege of Columbia is a quite rich, game for two players from every aspect, which manages to transfer its very interesting theme with great success.
Who is it for:
Family Gamer: Maybe. The game’s topic and complexity will repel many players of this category, but the very interesting game mechanics will satisfy the most experienced ones.
Social Gamer: No. Both the number of players and the game complexity are prohibitive for the specific category.
Strategy Gamer: Maybe. On the one hand the depth of the strategic and tactic choices will definitely attract the attention of many players of this category, but on the other hand the random events and the luck factor from the dice will repel many of them.
Hobby Gamer: Yes. That game applies perfect to this category, as its rich contents, its topic and its game mechanics will fully satisfy every hobby gamer.
Hardcore Gamer: A competitive game with many alternatives on how to build your army, which certainly makes it a board game made for this category.
1 Game Board
15 custom Dice
2 Player Reference Sheets
3 Elizabeth Timeline Cards
25 Red and Dark Red Vox Populi Units
25 Blue and Light Blue Founder Units
2 Gray Booker and Elizabeth Units
18 Red and Dark Red Vox Populi Structures
18 Blue and Light Blue Founder Structures
16 Territory Tokens
5 Destruction Markers
73 Silver Eagles
20 Vox Populi and Founder Victory Tokens
1 Elizabeth Marker
60 Blue and Light Blue Founder Action Cards
60 Red and Dark Red Vox Populi Action Cards
8 Vox Populi and Founder Leader Cards
15 World Event Cards
15 Victory Point Cards
1 Four Player Turn Order Track
1 First Player Token