You’ve read the Attack on Titan manga, seen every episode of the show and even read our reviews of each one. But you just can’t get enough can you? Well you’re an addict and you have a serious problem but don’t worry, I’m here to support your habit with some new stuff.
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand is a new board game by Antoine Bauza, (Hanabi, 7 Wonders) and Ludovic Maublanc (Cash ‘n Guns). It’s a one vs all game where one player takes on one of 4 different types of Titans and attempts to wipe out the last of the resistance in the form of up to 4 different players each controlling one of the main characters from the show.
At it’s core, this game is a push your luck game for the Scouts and a simple strategy game for the Titan. The theme really shines through it’s mechanics and it’s presentation as you can see. The imposing Titan, the cannon lined tower and the characters swarming all around. It feels like a scene right out of the show.
As far as playing goes, it’s a one vs all game where the Scout players have to kill the Titan player before he either eats the 12 Civilians at his feet, destroys all 6 of the cannons on the tower, or kills one of the scout players by taking away all 3 of their hit points. The scouts roll their dice and can re-roll as many times as they want, taking turns or all at once, talking strategy as they go. The catch is whenever a player rolls the Titan symbol, they have to hand that die over to the Titan player who can then use it as a resource to activate their special abilities.
The Titan player plays two of his attack cards, one face up and one face down. The scout players use the partial information to choose which symbols they are going for and where they should position themselves for the next round. After all of the dice have been rolled and finalized, the Titan gets to activate his special abilities with the Titan symbols that the players gave him. Then he activates his attack cards, first the face up then the face down. Each attack can be avoided by the scouts spending certain symbols from their dice pool. If they don’t have them or choose not to spend them, the attack activates and deals damage, destroys cannons or kills civilians.
After the damage is done, the scouts activate their dice. Using them to deal damage or re-position themselves to complete special tactic cards. Tactics offer powerful debuffs against the Titan if they are fulfilled and certain tactic cards are required to deal the killing blow to the Titan.
Overall this game is a must have for fans of the show but it’s going to be hit or miss with the more hardcore gamers out there. Push your luck isn’t a particular favorite of mine as it tends to leave players on the bad end of the “luck” with an unfulfilled feeling.
The mechanics of positioning vertically up and down combined with the different symbols feels thematic and enjoyable from the Scout’s side but the Titan’s decision making feels shallow and a bit of a shot in the dark. If the theme speaks to you and you like the idea of having a group of your friends trying to take you down while you eat people, this one is definitely for you.
If you’re more of a hardcore gamer who prefer your strategies without dice and heavy variance, this one will be a miss.