Have you enjoyed playing Ogre in the past? Are you ready to take it up a notch? Then you may be ready for the Ogre Battle Box! Fully equipped with plenty of quality minis, this one will be a favorite, if it isn't already, with all battle game lovers. Let's take a closer look!
What Is It?
A tactical combat game pitting one ultra-massive tank (known as the Ogre) against a number of pitiful units in an unrelenting tug of war for power. Ogre Battle Box is at its core an upgrade to previous Ogre games replacing cardboard chits with detailed miniatures.
Who Is It For?
This particular set is definitely for those already familiar with the Ogre game(s), for reasons we’ll take a look at a little later. Other than that though, I think this would be a great game for anyone 12+ as it is not very difficult to play once you get going. It is also ideal for all those war/battle game lovers out there!
Quality of Components
The minis are a very nice quality, very stable, and pretty easy to assemble overall (though some do need glue which can be a hassle). The map is large and all the spots/terrain are very clear which makes movement and battling very streamlined. The rule book is printed on good quality paper, and there’s a few cardboard chits, and those are also nice quality, thick cardboard, and any writing on them is very clear. Overall really nice components making it a very worthwhile cost for a game.
Overall, I don't have a lot of cons. But, those I do have are significant hits for me. On the bright side, they likely aren't cons for everyone!
For the units included in this box, the difficulty is not very deep. But,you can combine sets to make it more intense and, thus, more difficult. For this box alone, I would rate it a 3/5. I think once you get over the hurdle of the rulebook, gameplay is pretty simple and the game is fun!
Overall, I have to say that I can not recommend this to people who aren’t already familiar with Ogre. HOWEVER, if you have played another version, or know someone who has and who can teach you, go for it! What I really wanted was for a seasoned veteren to teach me this game, and I think I could have enjoyed it even more. But, once I got down to playing, I did like it a lot! I think this set could really elevate the game as a whole because the minis are excellent and really put you fully into the battle experience.
Publisher - Steve Jackson Games
BGG (Ogre) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5206/ogre
*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review*