An Intro to Monsterpocalypse

When I first started watching kaiju movies (think Rampage, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla), I envied the power that the monsters wielded. There’s nothing quite like seeing a building destroyed by such awesome entities of nature. Then I discovered Monsterpocalypse, and everything change. Monsterpocalypse is a miniatures game that you can really sink your teeth into. Each player controls up to three giant monsters, along with their troop allies, and battle it out in the middle of the city. There are two kinds of monsters that decide the fate of the city: the Protectors are dedicated to protecting humanity, while the Destroyers dedicated to destroying it. Each side is further divided into specific factions, who each have different goals and strategies in order to achieve their victory. The Protectors include the mechanized G.U.A.R.D., the sinister Shadow Sun Syndicate, and the reptilian Terrasaurs. The Destroyers are led by the Planet Eaters, the Lords of Cthul, and the Martian Menace.

The Basics of Gameplay

Gameplay alternates between two players. During those turns, the players decide whether they want to activate their monsters or their units. Action dice are drawn from pools specific to either monsters or troops. Once they have been used, the dice are then placed in the other pool. By using the action dice, the monster and their units end up power each other up. On top of that, some attacks also have benefits and additional “Boost Dice” associated with them. Using these special abilities (and by controlling or destroying buildings) can earn Monster Power dice that can be used to execute Power Attacks, like slamming an opposing Monster onto the ground or throwing them across the board.

Movement and Terrain

Movement for Monsters and units is extremely simple. Players use a grid for the entire map, which makes it extremely clear where everything is and how far monsters can go. Maps are preprinted with different locations and spawning zones, so players don’t feel like they are simply playing a reskinned game from city to city. Maps also have building placement choices, and even some special terrain like active volcanoes!

Conclusion

Monsterpocalypse is a fast paced game with simple mechanics that allow for a wide range of play and strategy. Team building is loose and malleable, which allows players to combine factions. Team up your Planet Eaters with your friend’s Martian Menace and battle it out against a G.U.A.R.D.-Tearrasaurs combo! There are even more Agendas being released later this coming year, which means that there is a TON of ways to shake up gameplay if it begins to grow stale (though I don’t see that happening anytime soon). Monsterpocalypse is one of the best monster mayhem games on the market today, and it’s one of the only ones that allows you to really make the monsters your own.

 

~ Jimmy Campbell