TOPPS & MANTIC ANNOUNCE MARS ATTACKS WARGAME
May 14, 2013 – NEW YORK. Is your tabletop ready to be invaded? The Topps Company and Mantic Games have joined forces to bring MARS ATTACKS to life as a miniature-based tabletop wargame! Combining high quality sculpted figures with fast and fun tactical gameplay, Mantic will deliver an exciting new dimension to the resurgent sci-fi property.
Mantic Games, makers of the popular WARPATH and DREADBALL tabletop games, will make MARS ATTACKS their first license. “MARS ATTACKS is a cult classic series that fans have been falling in love with generation after generation,” says Ronnie Renton, Mantic CEO. “Its oddball blend of retro sci-fi visuals, dark humor and over-the-top violence will make for a unique tabletop experience… our team can’t wait to bring the Martians to life in ways no one has ever seen before!”
Set against the backdrop of the new and expanding MARS ATTACKS universe, the game will feature all of the fun and thrill of the classic series, plus new characters and factions that will see action in upcoming comic books and toys. It will also tie-in closely with Topps’ just-announced all-new trading card series, Mars Attacks: Invasion, releasing in October.
“MARS ATTACKS is a world where giant robots, mutated insects and hordes of Martian soldiers face off against Earth’s military and innocent civilians— how could you not want to see a game out of that?” says Topps’ Adam Levine. “Mantic has quickly become one of the best in the business, and they’re the perfect team to adapt our outrageous visuals into this exciting new form.”
Mantic plans an early 2014 release.
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So what’s all this mean then?
Most importantly for me is that I’m writing it 🙂
I’ve already had a couple of kickabouts with how I think it might work. Nothing to share yet by way of details though as they’ve all got to be approved by Topps before we go any further. That’s the thing about licenses – you’ve got to conform to a strict style bible. I can see how it might shape up though.
What I can say is that it will be a lighter game rather than a highly detailed geekfest as the whole idea is one that will appeal to less hardcore gamers. Having said that, it’s not going to be snakes & ladders – that would be dull. If you’ve played any of my games I’m sure you’ll know what I mean when I say that I’m burying interesting choices under simple mechanics. Simple, but not simplistic. Expect something that you could play with your family or with your gamer buddies for a lighter and sillier break.
Oh, and giant robots, flying saucers, mutant insects and martians out the wazoo. What’s not to like?