This bonecrunching sport features 23 playable races, each with its own style, vicious moves, rankings & more!
User reviews: Very Positive (653 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 11, 2012

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August 7

BLOOD BOWL ENTERS THE PITCH... ON IPAD AND ANDROID TABLETS!

Summer vacation? Before leaving, equip your cleats, don your helmet, grab your dice and bring the field with you!

Blood Bowl is now available on iPad and Android tablets!
>> Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.focushome.bloodbowlandroid
>> iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/app/blood-bowl/id885017273?mt=8
>> Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Focus-Home-Interactive-Blood-Bowl/dp/B00M8CQ3JK/

This handheld version will let you bring the fierce matches of Blood Bowl with you, wherever you travel!



Assemble your team from among six fantastic races in the Warhammer universe (Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, Wood Elves and Chaos). Each race has its own strengths, weaknesses and numerous opportunities to develop which will lend an immense tactical depth to the game.

Immerse yourself in single matches in Solo Player mode to enjoy fun, fast games, or set off to conquer the Blood Bowl in the extensive Campaign mode. Develop your team and players by gaining victories and experience as you progress in the game.

In Multiplayer you can compete against a friend on your tablet in "Hotseat" mode, or launch yourself into the vast online world in a massive permanent league where you can create and develop your teams. Play against Blood Bowl players from all over the world on iPad, Android tablet or even PC!

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“Blood Bowl is a rare treat - and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.”
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About This Game

Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.

The Chaos Edition features 23 playable races, including 3 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment. Brutal victory after victory, improve your players' skills to make them into true Blood Bowl players! This is a no holds barred bonecrunching sport! Even if tactics are your favored route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…

In the Chaos Edition, three new races are making their triumphant arrival on the field: the malevolent Chaos Dwarfs, the outcasts of the Underworld teams and, for the very first time in Blood Bowl, the Daemons of Khorne! The new Lizardmen Stadium is more than ready to welcome all new teams, along with a new challenging mode, World Cup: participate in a prestigious competition, and lead your team from the qualifications to the bloody final tournament!

Blood Bowl can be played online. Create your team, improve it and lead it to the top of the official rankings! Develop your own private internet league to organize your own tournaments!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/ Vista SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB (XP)/2048 MB (VISTA/7/8)
    • Graphics:128 MB 100% DirectX® 9 and shaders 2.0 compatible (NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 / ATI RADEON X700 or higher) Not compatible with SLI. Intel, SIS and Via/S3G graphics controllers non-supported
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9 compatible
    • Additional:Internet connection required for online gameplay.
    Recommended:
    • Additional:Internet connection required for online gameplay.
Helpful customer reviews
174 of 196 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition

Many people will tell you that Blood Bowl is unfair. Other people will tell you the RNG is rigged. Yet other people will defend it with their lives. Blood Bowl is just not a game that respects you, especially if you go out there and try to win by murder. It will spank you, waterboard you and then anally invade you with spiked baseballbat that has glasshards glued on for good measure.

I have had my trial by fire on the boardgame and got butchered by experienced players. It was enough to not want to play anymore, mostly because of the discussions with the rulebook in hand. Yet, I was also constantly drawn back to it until I got absorbed by Epic and built myself a nice Eldar army.
But then I got the 360 version and was hit over the head with a game that applies the rulebook to a fault. No more sneaking stuff past my opponent, no more obfuscating the rules with 'you're interpreting the rules wrong, muppet!'. Instead, I got steamrolled over and over again, until I wised up and started to take the full time allowance on a turn, always trying to get at double dice on every action that needs them. I begun to make progress, but the on-line was so horrid I turned away from the game.

Today, I decided to buy the Chaos Edition for PC on a whim. Fact is that I'm not that into GW-games anymore. I sold off my hobby some time ago, mostly because I outgrew the demographic. Whenever I walk into the GW-store, I feel like a child-molester for one and inviting a kid over to play a game of Epic just has too many negative connotations to it.
Getting back in the saddle was easier than I thought, but much of that is in selecting the team that supports my play-style instead of a team that looks bad-♥♥♥ but is a dog to manage.

Blood Bowl looks very pretty to my eyes. Cyanide did not go for flashy imagery but instead kept it simple and to the point. Game music is likewise utilized and during the matches there is a duo-presentation by two dudes who sadly will have run out of new things to say after you've played a few matches.

I have not yet played with the Blitz rules, opting to play Classic-rules (Read GW-authentic) instead. The Classic-rules play by the boardgame rules and follows that ruleset to the letter, which results in nailbiting matches, as long as you play on Hard. I don't say this to be leet. On Easy, you'll win. On Medium, the AI will anally probe you. On hard, the AI gets slammed by the rules as hard as you are. How that can be, I don't know. The game was like this on the 360 too.

Winning thus depends on team-choice and choosing a team should be a factor of your playstyle. For me personally that meant a choice between the Dark Elves or the Amazons. After having tried a few games with the Dark Elves I noticed that I couldn't pull off miracle plays with them. I like to dodge and play a passing game and the Dark Elves are the proverbial team for that. (Still the best DLC I bought on the 360.)
I started over, going for the Amazons this time, who all have Dodge as a natural skill. At first I felt it was hopeless, but slowly I was getting the results. After being butchered a few times, I got a handle on the Amazons and started to fight the AI to a stand-still. Some time later I managed to win a match with a miracle play, passing the ball from the midfield-line to a Catcher in the end-zone.

Blood Bowl is not an easy game. One of the first things a new player should learn is that tackle-zones are the backbone of Blood Bowl. Each pawn on the field has a tackle-zone, consisting of 8 squares around that pawn. Pawns that have overlapping tackle-zone empower eachother, making offence and defence easier. For offence, blocking an enemy pawn is a snap if it has base to base contact with other pawns that are friendly to you. For defence, understanding that tackle-zones are only good for enemy pawns entering it is key.

As you play matches, your players will level up, provided they did something that gives them points. There are many ways a player can get EXP and not all of them are obvious. Blood Bowl does however apply them according to the official boardgame rules (if you play Classic, which I recommend.) and does so rigidly. Should you ever question the game's judgement, crosscheck the decision with the ruleset, which is included in the game. I have not been able to fault it sofar.
Leveling your players up will allow you to give your players extra skills. There are loads of skills, but not all of them will suit your players or your style. Take the time to read the description of skills. But most of them are obvious. The first extra skill a Catcher should get is Sure Hands. A Runner should get Sure Feet quickly. A Blitzer should keep an eye out for Break-Tackle.

Blood Bowl comes with a hefty Single Player experience. First there is the tutorial. This is scripted as heck and it won't allow you to experiment. But for new players it does open the game a little, though it won't go into specifics. Therefore it's better to play a few exhibition matches after you've done the tutorial.
The Exhibition matches are perfect for experimenting, because they don't have a persistent effect on your team. Work on your starting set-up and watch the AI closely. Here you get the goods on how teams are played, which is unvaluable information for the other game-modes. Many tactics the AI employs are also good to use by you.
Begin a Campaign is a set mode where you buy the team of your choice (or field one of your existing teams) and try to reach the top of the different leagues and tournies.
Begin a Competion is like the Campaign, but now you set it up to your specifications before you start play.
Story Mode is very different as you're free-agent coach who coaches teams that need your expertise. This time, the focus is on you and your managerial skills. And you'll be tested. Hard.
World Cup is like the wolfmother of Blood Bowl. Hear you must lead your team to greatness entering nothing but tournaments and your goal is to eventually qualify for the ultimate event.
All these modes can't be completed in a single evening. These modes are all in depth and content rich and successfully completing them will take your dedication and test your motivation.

Don't go into this game believing that you'll trash it on your first match. Learn from the AI, see how it handles ball-possession and see how it defends. A wise man once said that no one ever learned something from winning and nowhere is this more true than in Blood Bowl.

-Do safest actions first.
-Do less safe actions second.
-Do dangerous actions last.
-Always guard your ballcarrier.
-Buy re-rolls pre-game over stuff like Bribes and Bloodweiser Babes.
-Cheerleaders and Coaches are the most helpful during kick-offs. Look for other things to buy first.
-Use fouls and bribes to disable enemy keyplayers, like Catchers, Throwers and Runners. Don't waste them on rank and file.
-Try to use all your re-rolls in a half, they get replenished at half-time. Re-rolls are instrumental to your play, so don't let them go to waste, use them as needed and don't be frugal with them thinking that you'll get a better chance to use them later.

I love digital Blood Bowl, but the love took a wile to take hold. Blood Bowl rewards the patient, thinking player and it really opens up to those that stick with it and gain skill. Once you get past the disappointment of playing a game that won't let you win and start to recognize what works and what doesn't, Blood Bowl is one of the more rewarding games to play.

For those that want to always win and who want to be leet 24/7, Blood Bowl has little to offer.
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101 of 130 people (78%) found this review helpful
99.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
REVIEW HAIKU

One step from the line

Your ball carrier falls down

Leaving you bitter
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
BB has its bugs (still). BB has a horribly atrocious UI (especially in online multiplayer/league management). It may take a while to figure out how to even get to play a match. I haven't given the real-time mode much of a chance, but I haven't heard good things. Oh and let's not forget the single player AI is pretty terrible. Any veteran of turn-based strategy games

With all that ugly. This game is one of my top 10 games. I would expect most turn-based strategy players to really enjoy this game. The strategy and depth between teams while maintaining balance is fantastic. I suppose that happens when a game's rules have been evolved over decades. Setup a league with a few friends, and you will find your group endlessly discussing tactics.

Be forewarned! Everyone's luck sucks in the game! It is maddening and frustratingly awesome. I constantly swear that the RNG gods are against me in every match. It is a game of weighted risk management. As your team evolves, new unique dynamics to your team emerge. It gives every team a personality. You will have some pretty big emotional highs and lows every time your team steps onto the pitch!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It's fun if you've never played the board game version and quite useful if you have.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
NFL+Warhammer, que más
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Only sports game i care about.

I think it's a sport...

I mean, there is a ball if you feel the need to push it around.

Oh and cheerleaders!

Who would bring cheerleaders to an execution!?

Unless it was a sport right!!?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
This game is absolutely irritating and nerveracking. It will cause you mental instability and it will laugh as every single one of your players fall over dead. But it is fantastic.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Massive tree got punched by a tiny goblin and died.

10/10 would play until my arms drop off.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Blood Bowl is a stripped down version of football managers everywhere. Which is completely fine for what is it. A smash with your lizard jaws your opponent's team or deftly dodge the grubb dwarf hands game.You manage a team and lead them to glory in two campaign modes, your typical single player experience or the be-kidnapped-by-teams/play-as-coach-basis, with the former having two modes in themselves which limits your time limit or lets you have a more leisurely pace. The AI in this game isn't great, which is why the true game lies in not the game itself but the human players. Tournaments are great avenues of fun.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
This game for its time and the general anesthetic of the game has great graphics. The players are detailed enough and the brawls are great fun to watch but albeit it all gets stale when you watch if for the 100th hour. Doesn't all repetitive motion get like that? You shouldn't be paying that close attention to detail when you are praying for your dice throw however.

Cons:
This game...has a steep learning curve the size of Mt. Everest. This is taking it kindly. My recommendation is to not play or at least don't get comfortable with the game AI. It teaches you bad habits, and takes stupid risks to fullfill your ego, which paradoxically due to the way the AI cheats medium is the easiest difficulty. Or at least those stupid moves to be ego increasing for the sole purpose to later realize it was all a lie in multiplayer. The game is essentially a giant game of risk management with your dice and your players. To which humans seem alot more intuitive at, than AI so far.

Overall, if you have patience, and enjoy a management game that is more dice rolling and strategic chess with a side of gore. This is your game.

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
If you really like the original board/miniature game... don't buy this, its just too frustrating. Too many bugs (some of which have been there since the very first release), too many missing things (star players, inducements, even a couple of teams) and generally bad involvement from the company/companies behind it.

If you've wanted to play BB before but not had the chance, and this comes up VERY cheap in a sale, then maybe consider it, just to get a brief introduction to the game... before heading over to FUMBBL to play it better, or buying an actual team of minis and playing it on the tabletop where it works best :-)

Update: also, there will be a(nother) new version of this game coming out next year, supposedly early in the year, so definitely don't waste your money on this in the meantime.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,259.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
I started the North American TTS League and even after giving up being the commissioner I still cast games of Blood Bowl from them. This is a true to life adaptation of the Blood Bowl board game and will not disappoint you fans out there.

However for folks that don't know anything about the game, there is a LARGE learning curve that even single player still doesn't teach you correctly.

Here's the most recent game from the NATTS league and see for yourself:

http://youtu.be/aPM5vwg2WLE
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Blood Bowl is a wonderful game filled with pain, suffering, and anguish for both your poor little meat bag pawns and yourself, as the dark god Nuffle makes your well thought out stategic plans crumble into ashen dust before your eyes as your freinds watch on, giggling at the shaudenfraidah like the cackling harpies they are! In all seriousness, blood bowl is a game of maximizing your odds of success against an oh so cruel random number generator with a fairly deep and varried system of mechanics which simulates a hyper violent game of foot ball played out by a bunch of fantasy creatures.

Buyer beware though, this game's tutorial sucks ♥♥♥, and if you go into this blind, you will be scratching your head as the game punishes you for blundering around with systems that you dont even know exist. Look up a tutorial or two on youtube and your expirance will be FAR more enjoyable than it otherwise would be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
there is a lot of frustration in this game's RNG but the feeling of seeing a strategy work to perfection is amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
108.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Incredibly steep learning curve. Oh yes indeedy. If, like me, you have never played blood bowl on the tabletop then be warned, you will be smashed down harder than you have ever been smashed down by a video game.

Despite that, once you get the hang of it, it does become very fun. You might even win and those wins, oh boy those glorious wins. Campaign mode is the best underdog story you'll ever see (with your team as the underdog) and story mode will test you to the point you rage quit over and over and over.

Killed a bloodthirster with a skink 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
200.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
It's a good port from the tabletop version. needs some tweaking . Looking for BB2 to come out and see what has been perfected.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
I enjoy this game. Its a decent game to play if you enjoy foot ball and warhammer. (not to mention that GamesWorkshop no longer makes this game) The game itself is simple yet very diffecult. The designers did there homework extreamly well. ou deffently get a feel for how the races play on the GamesWorkshop table tob game Wahmmer. The anouncers are amusing but get aggrivating after awhile of saying the same thing. the game play is alot of fun and i will agree that the RNG seems alittle off when it comes to your larger character (ogers and menitars with "thick skill, wild animal, and loner") for if you fail one of there tests and you spend a re-roll to try and get them to move they will still fail. which has cost me a few games. But all in all a very enjoyable game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Go to any one of your friends and ask them if football wouldn't be improved exponentially if Ben Roethlisberger was replaced by a towering Ogre who tossed Troy Polamalu down the field like he was beach ball.

As any of your friends that, and if they answer in the negative, block them on Facebook because that's nonsense.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
160.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
It's Blood Bowl. What more needs to be said?
It's Games Workshop's most balanced, entertaining and well thought-out game in their product history, and this is a faithful digital conversion.
There's a team that supports every possible play style, from brutal face-smashers and agile dodgers to thoughtful synergists.

You'll either hate this game within minutes of playing it (if you can't handle the element of chance and risk dice bring), or fall in love with it as you realise that it's all about minimising your own risk while maximising your opponent's.

If you've played TT BB, it's a no-brainer. If you've never played the table top but are a fan of turn-based strategy that requires real thought (and ultraviolence), then it's a must buy. Heartily recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
If you're into turn-based games, sports-games or a fan of the Warhammer-franchise... you should already have this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
you better bring some lubricant and also burn cream (optional) because this game will make your ♥♥♥♥♥♥ hurt beyond belief

no lie son
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