What's going on everyone!? I've got a fun game called LOKA from a game company you may have herd of called Mantic Games! This one is like an awesome version of a classic game. So sit back, grab your cup of your favorite beverage and lets check it out!
As always, here's an excerpt from the game:
"In Loka, you control one or more armies of elemental fantasy
warriors – Fire, Earth, Air and Water are at war. The armies, divided
into two teams, battle for supremacy using polyhedral dice, moving and
fighting over a board layered with ever-changing fantasy terrain."
I'd like to start out by saying this game was something I was a bit weary of. The reason being, it's like an alternate version of chess in a way and I've played MANY variations of chess. Some good and some bad. Let's see how this one fairs.
In LOKA players get to play using 4 different armies, Wind, Earth, Fire and Water. These different armies are at war with each other but each one also has an ally in a 2 player game. The Wind army is allied with the Earth army and the Fire army has allied with the Water army.
It's a bit of a different spin to the classic game in that you BUILD your armies via a point system. Each one has a different point value and the pieces act as in chess(King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight and Pawn).
The cool part is there is terrain in the game as well, Some pieces give you a great defensive advantage and others only certain pieces can travel through.
When playing a 2 player game, there's the added challenge of playing 2 armies at a time. So not only do you have to keep track of what your doing with say, the Fire Army but you'll also want to keep an eye on your Ice army because they'll move before your Fire army does again.
There are also other modes of play such as regular chess and modified chess with their battle rules and other things as well.
On to my opinion:
Game Art: The art for this game is very fitting to the theme. It's got nice colors and the board is double sided and vibrant on both sides. The tokens share the same wonderful art style and are in great detail as well.
Gameplay: Game play is GREAT. It's mostly luck based since you battle by rolling dice. On the result of a 1 your piece had an epic fail and killed itself. Fear not though, the other player must still roll and if they get a 1 as well, then their piece has died too!
Game Quality: The quality is top notch as with nearly all Mantic Games. The figures have a great sculpt on them and will be fun to paint. The board is double sided as I mentioned previously and the print is nice and crisp. The terrain tiles are a nice thick cardboard and are very sturdy. The dice in the game seem to roll very even for me and are of good quality as well.
So should you buy this game? Well, here's the thing. If you're a big fan of chess and would like to put a different spin on it then DEFINITELY YES! If you're a gamer who likes to try something new, YES!
If you don't like strategy games and heavy thinking then this game may not be for you but I urge you to check it out anyways because it may just surprise you like it did for me. This is one game I will bring out any chance I get because of the great sense of challenge and deep thought and strategy involved.
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As always, Thank you for reading and take care! :)