TODO alt text

Blood Bowl review

Making a woeful transition to handheld

Pros

  • Turn-based strategery
  • Goofy
  • appealing world
  • Certainly unique

Cons

  • Grainy graphics
  • Painful pauses
  • Shoddy touch-screen controls

You know Blood Bowl, right? No, not that whole fake injury scandal that ‘rocked’ rugby union recently. That was ‘bloodgate.’ Blood Bowl is Games Workshop’s violent take on American football set in its Warhammer fantasy world. It was originally a pretty decent tabletop game. On DS, it’s a bit of a pig.

In essence, it’s a turn-based strategy affair rather than a sports title, with each side having eight turns during each half of a match to try and score a touchdown. The rules, positions and plays are essentially the same as in American football, but with the addition of lots of violence. It’s so complicated and convoluted that even the tutorial confused us, while the grainy graphics, painful pauses as moves take place and shoddy touch-screen controls render the whole thing massively frustrating. One for the sin bin.

Oct 5, 2009

More Info

GenreSports
Description

It’s so complicated and convoluted that even the tutorial confused us, while the grainy graphics, painful pauses as moves take place and shoddy touch-screen controls render the whole thing massively frustrating. One for the sin bin.

PlatformDS, Xbox 360, PC, PSP
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating16+
Release date26 January 2010 (US), 18 September 2009 (UK)