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New Game Round-up: The Rogues Gallery Battles Batman, and Everyone Fights to Survive Jaws

W. Eric Martin
United States
North Carolina
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• With NY Toy Fair 2019 under way and game announcements flowing like taxis down 10th Avenue, let's look at a few more licensed designs coming out in 2019, starting with Jaws from Prospero Hall and Ravensburger, the same team that released Jurassic Park: Danger! in 2018. Here's a rundown of this 2-4 player game, which is due out in June 2019:

In Jaws, one player takes on the role of the killer shark off Amity Island, while the other 1-3 players take on the roles of Brody, Hooper and Quint to hunt the shark. Character and event cards define player abilities and create game actions for humans and the shark. Gameplay is divided into two acts — Amity Island and The Orca — to replicate the film's story:

—In the Amity Island phase, the shark menaces swimmers and avoids capture. Other players attempt to pinpoint the shark's location and save swimmers from shark attacks.
—In the Orca phase, played on the reverse side of the game board, Brody, Hooper and Quint are aboard the sinking ship engaging in a climactic battle against the shark, while using additional action and strategy cards to defend the Orca from targeted shark attacks.

If humans kill the shark, they win; if the shark attack on the Orca succeeds, the great white shark wins.

• In June 2019, IDW Games plans to release Batman: The Animated Series – Rogues Gallery, a design by Sen-Foong Lim and Jessey Wright. Here's an overview of the game:

Defeat the Batman to rule the city! Gotham City's coffers are ripe for the robbing, but one thing stands in the way of the city's supervillains: the reviled Batman. It's time someone finally took out that nuisance! Choose your favorite villain, then go on crime sprees, steal powerful upgrades, recruit nefarious accomplices, and race to complete your master plan and be the first to defeat the World's Greatest Detective!

Batman: The Animated Series – Rogues Gallery is a press-your-luck game for three to five players. Each player takes on the role of a devious Gotham City villain attempting to be the first to take down Batman, but beating him requires a sound strategy and a dash of good luck. Gather your forces, lay your traps, and claim the ultimate bragging rights as the villain who finally defeated the Batman!
• This design team is also behind Kingdom Rush: Time Rift, an adaptation of the popular tower defense app that's coming to Kickstarter from Lucky Duck Games, which has previously released tabletop adaptations of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.

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