This is only the first part of the kickstarted goodies, I will get extra building pieces, another squad of US Marines, a saucer, giant ant, and lots of other goodies.....
The game is designed as a board game vice miniature game, so all the mini's are one piece, and are coloured to allow playing without painting.
The playmate is paper, although the neoprene deluxe version will be part of my kickstarter. The ruined brick walls clip together exactly like the Deadzone ones, allowing infinite combos of terrain. The nice thing about this game is the one piece scatter terrain, roadblocks, rubbish, broken rubble etc that all go to make up the look of the ruined town.
Like Deadzone, played on an 8 by square mat
The US Marines, including a missile launcher and LMG
The human Heroes, including a knight escaped from stasis from an earlier Martian mission....
The dreaded Martians, led by General Tor. Back rank has helmets, front rank without
The ruins pieces, including a wire fence, brick walls, picket fence and scatter terrain
The Martian figures have detachable clear plastic helmets that allow you to paint the figures before putting the iconic helmets on.
Gameplay uses the familiar Mantic system of short and long actions, that players of Dreadball and Deadzone would be familiar with. The abilities have been simplified however, and the cards are universal for either Martians or Humans. Like all Mantic skirmish games, Mars Attacks uses a D8 system, with exploding 8's, and a base 3 dice for each test, adding and subtracting dice according to modifiers, and then attempting to hit a target number. The aliens tend to be better shots, whilst the Marines are better at close combat.
Once I manage to get a game in, I'll post a first thoughts .......