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Cure the Pandemic of the Lich King, Flip Ships at Space Invaders, and Try Not to Get Bit...Again

W. Eric Martin
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• When Kane Klenko's Flip Ships was released in 2017 by Renegade Game Studios, many people said, "That seems like a cool take on Space Invaders."

Apparently Space Invaders' owner Taito thought so as well as the game design has now been picked up by Buffalo Games for release as an officially licensed Space Invaders game, with the title bearing a July 25, 2021 release date at the U.S. retail chain Target and an August 1, 2021 release date more generally.

Board Game: Space Invaders

Gameplay remains mostly the same as in Flip Ships, with this being a co-operative dexterity game in which you take on the roles of brave pilots defending their planet from an onslaught of firepower. You need to flip your ships to take out the encroaching enemies, then take down the powerful mother ship before it's too late. On Facebook, Klenko noted, "Space Invaders will feature a few new things, including a board to make the invader movement easier to track, a Hi-Score system so you can not only try to beat the game, but also your previous scores, and a super cool Joystick Catapult to fire your shots, so even if you were a terrible shot in Flip Ships, you might have a chance now!"

Board Game: Space Invaders

Board Game: Get Bit!
Board Game: Get Bit!
Dave Chalker's super fun game Get Bit!, first released in 2007 by Robot Martini, is getting a new edition from Greater Than Games.

In the game, you're trying to escape a shark along with 2-5 other players. All of you are in a line with the shark at the heels of the backmost swimmer. On a turn, all players reveal a numbered card from their hand simultaneously to determine where they move in line — but if you play the same number as another player, the two of you don't move! The shark then bites a limb off whoever is at the back of the line, with fear of death inspiring that player to race to the front of the pack. Lose four limbs, and you're chum for the shark. When only two players remain, whoever is ahead of the other player escapes and wins.

On Facebook, Chalker noted, "There will be some brand new parts for those who already have a copy, but also it will be the best time to get a copy of the game."

From gallery of W Eric Martin
Shark with frickin' laser beams for eyes

• I missed covering this reimplementation a couple of weeks ago when it was announced on the same day as many other things that I did cover — World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a Z-Man Games publication described as "A Pandemic System Board Game".

Board Game: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Initially Z-Man Games had posted only a teaser trailer, but now it's revealed more info about the game, which is designed by Justin Kemppainen, Alexandar Ortloff, and Michael Sanfilippo:
In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, players journey to the frozen continent of Northrend to face the armies of the Lich King. This "Pandemic System" game showcases familiar mechanisms and gameplay, now tweaked to embrace the setting of the Wrath of the Lich King. Forts, temples, battlegrounds, and more populate the game board as you and your fellow heroes journey across the cold landscape. Along the way, you'll set up strongholds, complete quests, and do battle with legions of undead.

In more detail, players team up as legendary heroes from across Azeroth, each with their own unique abilities to help in and out of combat. Heroes such as Thrall, Warchief of the Horde; Varian Wrynn, King of Stormwind; Sylvanas Windrunner, Banshee Queen of the Forsaken; and many more are at your fingertips. As the Scourge grows, more undead will populate the board. Throw dice as you enter into battle against the hordes of ghouls and ferocious abominations, using hero cards to add power to your attacks, block incoming assaults, heal wounds, take mounts to far off spaces, and so much more.

Board Game: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

As you fight your way to the Lich King, all manner of dark magic and terrible creatures under his control need to be neutralized. This comes in the form of quests, a brand-new mechanism that can be completed as a team through a combination of dice rolls and the hero cards at your disposal. However, each quest comes with its own dangers and hindrances. Complete these quests to move closer to the final assault on Icecrown Citadel, where the Lich King himself resides.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is due out in November 2021, accommodates 1-5 players, and has the complete rules posted here.

The publisher has also posted a more detailed, yet still teasery video:

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