Starfighter From Ystari Coming June 27

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Ystari Games has officially announced that their new game, Starfighter, will be in stores on June 27th. Starfighter is a quick (30 minutes) 2-player card game of space combat.

Take part in the Third Solar War: groups with divergent interests face each other for supremacy in space, or for a mineral-rich hunk of rock.

In 2115, war is a show. Gigantic cruisers fight through interposed fighters whose pilots are true super-media-exposed heroes. These are the Starfighters!

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In the game, each player is trying to damage the enemy’s Cruiser and cause its surrender. The game is played over a series of rounds with three phases: Reinforcements (draw Squadron cards), Deployment (play cards onto your Cruiser board), and Combat. The Squadron cards have upper and lower sections – the upper sections get covered up as other cards are played over them, but only visible sections of the cards can be used for combat. Cards also have effects when they’re played, such as movement, pivoting (switching upper and lower sections of the card), and destroying cards. During combat, players can move their entire Cruiser board, and it shifts relative to the other player’s board, so Squadron cards are constantly fighting against different sectors!

There are three different modes of play: Training, Skirmish, and Total War. Check out the rules on the game page at Ystari’s website to learn more about the gameplay.

Starfighter sounds pretty unique – the movement of the entire player board and the double sided cards sound like it will add a lot of strategy to a simple-to-learn game. See the announcement for the release here.