Set in the popular science fiction universe, Warhammer 40,000: Regicide published on PC and iOS is a combination of a turn-based strategy with chess. After the collapse of THQ, which held exclusive rights to the Warhammer franchise for many years, Games Workshop’s license could finally be used also by independent developers - in this case this is the Australian Hammerfall Publishing, for which this is the first major title.
The name Regicide is certainly familiar for the Warhammer universe fans. This was the name of the original – even though stemming from classic chess - board game described in novels by Dan Abnett, in which Emperor’s subordinates played it in order to sharpen their tactic skills. The story co-written by Games Workshop and Ross Watson revolves around marines from the Blood Angels Legion.
Gameplay features a strongly modified chess version and offers two different modes. The first one, called Classic, quite faithfully follows classic chess rules. Once you choose one of a few available races that use special powers, you fight battles and with the progress unlock new characters and abilities. The second mode is called Regicide, in which chess rules serve merely as the basis for much more complex gameplay. In this mode, battles are turn-based and divided into two separate phases – during each one you can change positions, open fire, destroy environment elements, and make use of a whole set of psionic powers.
Apart from the single player campaign, Warhammer 40,000: Regicide for PC and iOS also offers fully-fledged multiplayer including both abovementioned game modes. It is noteworthy that different platform users can engage in battles on the same servers, which enables them to enjoy the game together, regardless of the platform. The title features a wide range of fractions, clans, and races very well-known for the franchise fans.
Even though we are dealing with a seemingly static strategy, the authors went to great lengths to make the game look and sound amazing. Due to that, chess matches are enriched by a number of 3D motion-capture animations. Of course, the game features impressive finishers that give the game a large dose of brutality, which is characteristic for the Warhammer universe.
Game mode: single / multiplayer Multiplayer mode: Internet Player counter: 1 - 2
User score: 6,1 / 10 based on 41 votes.
Pre-release expectations: 6.7 / 10 based on 27 votes.
Age restrictions Warhammer 40,000: Regicide: 16+
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8600/Radeon HD 2600 XT or better
- 4 GB HDD
- Windows Vista