Coming this February from Shinobi 7, is Sonic the Hedgehog Battle Racers!
Available as a single player game as well as 2 and up, players will choose a racer, route and then race to the finish line, trying to avoid each other and varying obstacle. Players use speed, abilities and special powers to collect rings along the way. The track changes with every race, making the experience different each time.
The base board game comes with 64 agility cards, 50 ring tokens, 40 Badnik tokens, 15 rock tokens, 10 track sections, 4 miniatures, 4 racer profiles and 4 speed tokens. It is for ages 9 and up with a playing time of 30-60 minutes.
A boss expansion, Dr. Eggman, will be available, which adds his miniature and boss cards, as well as new track sections. In March, the boss expansion, Shadow, will also be available, adding his miniature, boss cards and new track sections, as well as breakaway platforms.
Distributors and retailers have announced that IDW Games‘ Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course board game is now available for pre-order. Sonic the Hedgehog is an iconic character from the video game franchise created by Sega. It spawned its own TV show and comics and has had a few board and card games created over the years with another one on the way later this year.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course will take place in the iconic Green Hill zone of the video game and players will race to collect the Chaos Emeralds as the player with the most of these wins. Characters from the franchise such as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnick are available as player characters. Through the race players will be able to heal damage though its not clear if this damage is caused by obstacles in the race or the other players.
The game seems fairly accessible as its for players aged 8+, plays 2-4 players, with an average game time between 30-45 mins. Estimated release date is July 25th, 2018.
IDW Games are also making Death Note: Confrontation available for pre-order. This is a card game based on the popular anime which in turn is based on the wildly successful manga.
“Based on VIZ Media’s popular anime series and recently adapted into a Netflix live action film, Death Note follows Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by Ryuk, a rouge Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?” [source]
In this two-player game, one player takes on the role of L who is trying to locate and deduce the true identity of the supernatural killer, Kira. The other player will take on the role of Kira who is punishing those who he sees as deserving the ultimate penalty. Each player has their own notebook which L uses to find Kira’s targets and track down Kira, while Kira uses his notebook to eliminate targets to gain victory points.
Death Note: Confrontation has a very mature theme and so requires players aged 16+. It plays in roughly 30 minutes and is expected to release March 16th, 2018.
Shinobi 7 has announced plans to release Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog IP made popular in early 90s video games. The newest Sonic game has 2-5 players taking control on Sonic as well as both his friends and rivals in an obstacle-laden race. Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers will include five 40mm scale pre-painted miniatures; Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Tails, and Dr. Eggman.
Battle Racers is scheduled to be available in retail in the second half of 2018.
A modular course is built by players before the race. Once the race begins players will need to both avoid opposing racers as well as a litany of dangerous obstacles. Players will control their speed, deploy special abilities and unique powers all while trying to collect as many rings as possible.
Shinobi 7 is already preparing for an expanded world, with expansion packs ready that will include one pre-painted character and their racer. Larger expansions will also include additional track sections for greater racing variety.
About Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog originally found his fame as video game franchise created by Sega in the early 90s. Sonic the Hedgehog was considered the mascot character by Sega during the heyday of the 16 bit era console wars.
Sonic, the protagonist of the game series, is a blue hedgehog named Sonic who often finds himself in trouble with the antagonist Doctor Eggman. While Doctor Eggman attempts to take over the world, Sonic and his friends always arrive just in time.