Review: Antihero (Steam)
Antihero is a fast turn-based strategy game with an (Oliver) Twist. Recruit street urchins, hire thugs, start a gang, upgrade your guild, steal everything… and bribe, blackmail, and assassinate your way to victory.
- Nice hand drawn graphics.
- 123MB Download size.
- Steam Achievements.
- Graphic options- Fullscreen and resolution.
- Three modes- Campaign, Online and Skirmish.
- Opening and ongoing tutorial pop ups.
- Simple controls- Can all be played with just the mouse.
- Strategy board game game play.
- The idea of the game is to build a crew and rob buildings and generate money to take out the other gang but also acquire victory points done by completing tasks.
- Scout areas to uncover them and reveal buildings.
- Burgle buildings to make cash and send in urchins to take them over and create cash flow.
- One v One scenario and to win you must get the needed victory points first.
- Skirmish- You can do Vs AI or play hot seat local multiplayer with full customization rules.
- Earn victory points by bribing officials, Assassinating the targets or blackmail.
- Hire new characters to your crew and upgrade them to buff stats or add action points or how much money they loot each time or generate.
- Bite sized levels in campaign with each game lasting around 20 minutes or so.
- Five maps to play on.
- Voiced characters and cut scenes.
- Online is quick and easy to use.
- It is fun to play.
- It comes across as simple and basic but it is in fact a very deep rewarding experience.
- You can evict, Lay traps in buildings for your enemies to gain control.
- Third party gangs can block you or steal your urchins away.
- Not many graphic options.
- A lot of randomness especially in relation to buildings. You can get dealt a bad hand and that ruins your game straight off the bat.
- No Steam cards.
- Online requires you to setup an account.
- AI can either be extremely easy or devilishly hard.
- A lot to take in.
- Takes a few games to get the feel for it all and know whats what.
- Outside of online or local multiplayer its very much a one and done deal with little reason to come back.
- Graphics - 7/107/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessability - 8/108/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
Antihero is a fun game and one that is very rewarding. Board games like these are particular hard to nail as the random nature of it all can seem unfair a lot of the time. That aside it is a game you can learn quite quickly and online is the only true way to play it. I liked it and will continue to play it online but the campaign stuff I treated more like an extended tutorial. Worth a look if you want a new digital board game.