Space Crusade is a follow-up of sorts to Gremlin's underrated Hero Quest. Like its predecessor, Space Crusade is an excellent tactical turn-based wargame based on a Games Workshop boardgame, this time the more famous Warhammer 40,000 universe. A ship carrying high-ranking marines have been hijacked by aliens, and it's up to you as commander of four veteran marines to save the day. The game can be played from either a 2D overhead view (useful for planning movement) or a 3D perspective for getting up-close-and-personal with the aliens. |
The game has many random elements from the board game that can get you killed by sheer bad luck no matter how careful your planning may be, but luck can be on your side if your defence die roll is high enough. There are also many random events that occur at the end of your turn that add to the fun, such as "Master Control" which gives you control over all the doors on the level, which you can use to trap or crush the aliens. The game gives you a score at the end of each level, which makes an excellent incentive for replaying it to try to increase your score, either by accomplishing the mission in less moves, or fulfilling secondary objectives. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs