The Warhammer series has seen many mobile releases, and almost all of them are horrible cash-grabs. Apparently, Games Workshop will license the property out to anyone, but for once, I have a Warhammer announcement that's actually good news. You see, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is a well-reviewed strategy game from PC and consoles that's coming to mobile soon. To be more specific, this is a turned-based strategy game that plays similarly to the X-Com series, and it's coming to Android and iOS tablets on April 22nd.
Back in August of 2019, Virtual Realms announced the development for Warhammer: Odyssey, an upcoming MMORPG that looked promising despite a lack of details. Well, over the last year, development of the title has been moving along, with Virtual Realms sharing a few snippets of the game along with a way to pre-register on the official website, though gameplay videos were pretty much absent. This changes today with the official release of the first gameplay video for Warhammer: Odyssey, and while this is mainly a cinematic trailer, there's a few seconds of gameplay that shows off some of the game's characters, so this video indeed offers the first look at Warhammer: Odyssey in action.
Space Hulk is not some Jason X-style reinterpretation of Marvel's not-so-jolly green giant, fun as that might be. Nope, it's a tabletop tactical RPG set in the vaunted Warhammer 40,000 setting. The setting, which features a bunch of strapping space marines stomping around a gigantic derelict spaceship, is kind of like Aliens, except you get to kill things instead of run away. The latest video game version of the Space Hulk setup was released in 2013, and today it's been made available on the SHIELD, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Portable.
Now is your chance to take control (mostly) of a massive Imperial Knight and bring glory to your house. Warhammer 40k: Freeblade is an action-packed on-rails shooter based in the Warhammer universe. Your noble house has been destroyed, and now you have to use your customizable battle mech to exact revenge. All it takes is a few taps.
Here's a little exercise for you: think of your favorite board game. Now add hulking space marines, chainsaw swords, and elaborate baroque spaceships. Try to imagine any possible way that this is not awesome. Monopoly would go faster if you could fill all that mortgage nonsense with epic infantry battles, and someone might actually play backgammon if you could call in an orbital strike. Until that wonderful day arrives, we have Talisman: The Horus Heresy, a re-working of Talisman within the popular sci-fi setting of Warhammer 40,000.
Fans of Warhammer 40,000 have put up with a lot over the years. The IP has been the basis for a great many mobile games, only some of which have been good. The newly announced Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade looks like it has some potential, just judging from the flashy gameplay trailer. Many questions remain unanswered, though.
It's time for yet another Humble Mobile Bundle, so get your wallet out. No, really. Get your wallet out. You're going to want to buy this one. The Humble Games Workshop Mobile Bundle has nine games in the initial batch with more coming next week. If you like Warhammer, this is your lucky day. There are a ton of Warhammer titles in this one.
There have been Warhammer 40K games on Android before. They have not been particularly good, mostly because they simply slap the license on top of an existing mobile game style and hope the dedicated fans will spend some money. Not so with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. Not only does this game come from HeroCraft, a developer that can generally be relied upon to create decent games, it's a top-down, turn-based strategy title. What an idea!
Space Wolf is closer to a tactical strategy game than a straight-up board game adaptation, but that makes sense in the context of the medium.
I know what you're thinking. "Isn't that the lame tower defense game that's vaguely related to Warhammer?" No, this is the other new-ish Warhammer game—the good one. Warhammer 40k: Carnage is a side-scrolling shooter filled with chainswords, jump packs, and all the other gear an Ultramarine needs to get by. It's usually a $7 game, but now it's down 70% to just $1.99.
Attention marine, there's a war to be fought, and those orcs aren't going to just kill themselves. Oh... but, did you bring any money? Because we're going to need that. What? Chainsword fuel is expensive. But in seriousness, we were in need of a more traditional Warhammer game after the tower defense-style Storm of Vengeance came out, and Carnage might be it.