William Niebling Reviews Thunderbolt: Apache Leader at ICv2

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thunderbolt: Apache Leader is a Dan Verssann Game, and Mr. Niebling takes a look at it in a review at ICv2.

An excerpt…

Each “day” of the campaign, you assign your pilots and aircraft to one or more ground attack missions, choosing the specific weapons load-out you believe will be best suited to the completion of the mission.  The missions are then played out on a variable tactical board, created from a number of hexagon map tiles.  The defending forces react to your actions following a relatively simple “program,” modified by the effects of event cards, die rolls, and random token draws.

 
Based on your success in each mission, your squadron gains victory points and your pilots gain experience, which can be collected to improve their skills and abilities.  At the end of the campaign, your victory point total determines your level of success or failure in the game.
 
At first glance, it may seem a bit mechanical.  But every decision you make is meaningful and affects your odds of success.  Forget to load Air-to-air missiles, and you risk the unexpected appearance of enemy combat helicopters, for instance.  But fail to load enough bombs, and you might not have enough weapons to get the job done.  The game is very challenging to play successfully (I failed my first two attempts at the easiest scenario, I’m embarrassed to admit…), which makes it exciting and fun to play.
 
Originality:  Thunderbolt Apache Leader is a remake of an older game, so it may not be entirely fair to call it “original” from that perspective.  Even putting that aside, most of the mechanics you will find in the game are already familiar from other wargames.  The originality of the design is the way those mechanics are implemented in a solo game, creating a fun and challenging experience without the need of an opponent.
Read the rest of the review here!

from GameSalute.com http://www.GameSalute.com/?p=33576

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