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Star Wars: Imperial Assault

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"It's the star wars board game I've been waiting for."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you've ever wanted to be in a star wars movie then, this is pretty close.

Set after the events of A New Hope and the destruction of the first Death Star, players can take on the roles of Rebel Operatives trying to get to the bottom of a new Imperial Plot. One player must be the imperials and throw Stormtroopers, AT-STs, and even Darth Vader at the other players.

This is not just one game, but two. You have the standard campaign, where players go through a series of stories, level up their characters, buy new equipment and have a rollicking good time. The best thing, is that this game has a lot of replayability as you will not see every mission in the game. I think it would take at least 3 campaigns (provided you win or lose the right missions) to see everything and considering each campaign consists of 10–12 missions and side missions, each taking around 45–90 minutes to get through, that's a good amount of play time.

The other game is a miniatures skirmish type game, where you build a squad, pick your command cards, and play 1 on 1. The base game comes with 1 skirmish map and two modes, but the first edition also includes the Luke and Darth Vader figures which each have a skirmish map and 2 modes of play. The cool thing is you can make your own map and create your own objective based mode very, very easily.

It's not often a single board game will give you two different ways of playing it straight out of the box.

Now I'm hoping that the Ape will be getting in all the single character expansion packs so I can replace the tokens with the actual plastic minis.

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
"Battlefront the Board Game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Fantasy flight have done it again, with this fantastic board game, that uses the Star Wars licence to it's fullest.

It comes with 2 game modes “Campaign” where it is 4 brave Alliance heroes against the unrelenting forces of the Empire and “Skermish” a 1v1 Battlefront experience where you assemble an army to defeat the enemy and complete objectives.

There are only two minor downsides to the game.

  1. ‘The learning curve’ the fundamental rules to play the game do take a little while to learn, however once grasped the mechanic is fantastic (you'll be thankful for the depth the advanced rules add) and play will come thick and fast.
  2. ‘The Set-Up’ once you've finally got your head around the rules, then comes the set-up. “One does not simply open Imperial Assault and expect to play any time soon” (insert picture of Boromir.) The time it takes to select the players, get their card decks, sort and build the map tiles, place all the figures and tokens, then get all the other bits and pieces sorted you may might want to call your family just to make sure they haven't filled a missing persons on you.

Other than these 2 small Cons, the game is Amazing with all the tiles and miniatures of a high quality and very tactile. I would recommend this game to all Star Wars fans and to those looking for a little bit more out of their board games without going full D&D.

5 and a half stars!!!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"RPG-Lite, in a good way!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Simple, but good story, lots of dice rolling, leveling up and gorgeous figures and tiles all make this a game worth playing. The skirmish mode it allows for is a great way to play a one off battle against a friend too.

I highly recommend it!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


Imperial Assault is a strategy board game of tactical combat and missions for two to five players, offering two distinct games of battle and adventure in the Star Wars universe!

Imperial Assault puts you in the midst of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the destruction of the Death Star over Yavin 4. In this game, you and your friends can participate in two separate games. The campaign game pits the limitless troops and resources of the Galactic Empire against a crack team of elite Rebel operatives as they strive to break the Empire' hold on the galaxy, while the skirmish game invites you and a friend to muster strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.

In the campaign game, Imperial Assault invites you to play through a cinematic tale set in the Star Wars universe. One player commands the seemingly limitless armies of the Galactic Empire, threatening to extinguish the flame of the Rebellion forever. Up to four other players become heroes of the Rebel Alliance, engaging in covert operations to undermine the Empire's schemes. Over the course of the campaign, both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes gain new experience and skills, allowing characters to evolve as the story unfolds.

Imperial Assault offers a different game experience in the skirmish game. In skirmish missions, you and a friend compete in head-to-head, tactical combat. You'll gather your own strike force of Imperials, Rebels, and Mercenaries and build a deck of command cards to gain an unexpected advantage in the heat of battle. Whether you recover lost holocrons or battle to defeat a raiding party, you'll find danger and tactical choices in every skirmish.

As an additional benefit, the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack are included within the Imperial Assault Core Set. These figure packs offer sculpted plastic figures alongside additional campaign and skirmish missions that highlight both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader within Imperial Assault. With these Imperial Assault Figure Packs, you'll find even more missions that allow your heroes to fight alongside these iconic characters from the Star Wars saga.

  • 2–5 players
  • Ages 10 to adult
  • 90 minutes playing time
Release date NZ
September 30th, 2014
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Top 1000
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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