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Updated: Aug 30, 2023

If you're looking for a game with stunning table presence, your search ends here. Jeffrey CCH's Terrorscape comes with a large 3D mansion as its centrepiece. It's Terrorscape's standout feature. It's easy to assemble and once it's in place it forms an impressive structure that's impossible to ignore.

The mansion incorporates a dice tower and some of the tracks (for example, of players' health) but its principal function is as a screen dividing the players. Terrorscape is an asymmetric hidden movement and deduction game for 2-4 players. On one side are the 1-3 travellers who have taken shelter in what they naively thought was an abandoned mansion in the woods. On the other is a maniacal killer. Both sides plot their movement on their own board, cut off from the view of the opposing side by the mansion. The killer is trying to catch and murder the travellers; the travellers are trying to repair a radio to call for help and find the keys they need to escape... The killer is able to block off routes and when he catches his prey, you'll be using that built-in dice tower to roll the custom six-sided dice (0,0,1,1,1,3).

Tho' the theme has been done before, perhaps previously best in the slasher movie game Last Friday (Pendragon Game Studio/Ares Games), the imposing presence of Terrorscape, its great minis and the artwork of Nilanjan Malakar, Amanda Phelps and Domingo Pino immediately has both sets of players in its grasp. You can expect the killer to become stronger and so increasingly threatening as the game progresses, so the travellers - who play cooperatively - need to get a move on if they want to survive. We've particularly liked the way the killer's actions are card driven, so hand management is key to their success. And the game comes with varied killers: a butcher, a murderer and a spectre. They all have different decks and strengths so they each play differently. Likewise, tho' you only play with up to three travellers, there are more in the box so you can vary too the way the travellers play.

Believe it or not, the game shown in our 360º Board's Eye View is 'just' a prototype produced by publisher ICE Makes and demoed at last year's Spiel Essen ahead of their upcoming launch on Kickstarter. Click here for advance details of Terrorscape and notice of the Kickstarter campaign as soon as it launches. This is one you won't want to miss!

(Review by Dale Page)

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