|Players:||1 - 6|
|Time:||120 - 180 minutes|
The year is 1926, and it is the height of the Roaring Twenties. Flappers dance till dawn in smoke-filled speakeasies, drinking alcohol supplied by rum runners and the mob. It’s a celebration to end all celebrations in the aftermath of the War to End All Wars.
Yet a dark shadow grows in the city of Arkham. Alien entities known as Ancient Ones lurk in the emptiness beyond space and time, writhing at the thresholds between worlds. Occult rituals must be stopped and alien creatures destroyed before the Ancient Ones make our world their ruined dominion.
Only a handful of investigators stand against the Arkham Horror. Will they prevail?
Arkham Horror Third Edition is a cooperative board game for one to six players who take on the role of investigators trying to rid the world of ancient beings known as Ancient Ones in the 1920’s. Based on the works of H.P Lovecraft, Players will have to gather clues, defeat terrifying monsters, and find tools and allies to stand any hope of defeating the ancient creatures that exist just beyond the veil of our reality.
I'd love to give this five stars, really I would ... but just can't. Arkham Horror 3rd Ed is genuinely a great cooperative game, and I've had loads of fun playing at 2-player and solo. The modular board and truly different scenarios (that don't all have the same gameplay mechanics) offer great variety between games. It's immersive, especially with the lights low and a spooky music soundtrack playing. Battle monsters, investigate locations for clues, try to stop the 'old ones' awakening ... and if they do, be prepared for a fight! All of this is GREAT.
But the game suffers, as most Fantasy Flight games do, from fiddly rules that if you get slightly wrong will impact the gameplay balance, and plenty of fiddling with little tokens. Once you get this down 100% right, however, it flows nicely and plays well. It's a long learning curve though, which might be a barrier for some. Oh and the box comes with no storage option, so a compartmented plastic box is a must to keep the tokens etc in place and to speed up setup.
Be prepared to lose a LOT in this game. It is fiendishly hard sometimes, and you often just have to accept how cleverly the game is killing you or driving you insane.