This bonecrunching sport features 23 playable races, each with its own style, vicious moves, rankings & more!
User reviews: Very Positive (613 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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June 5

BLOOD BOWL 2: THE DWARFS ARE (DEATH)ROLLING OUT!

Blood Bowl 2, the sequel to Blood Bowl today unveils a brand new series of screenshots, presenting the Dwarf teams and their stadium! Blood Bowl 2 will also be presented next week at E3 in Los Angeles, at Focus Home Interactive's booth (West Hall Booth 5512).

>> SEE THE SCREENSHOTS <<

While Humans and Orcs have been joyfully tearing each other apart for a few weeks now (watch the ‘First Match’ trailer), it’s time for the 3rd of the 8 races of Blood Bowl 2 to make - despite their modest size - a triumphal entry. Their beards freshly trimmed and their Bugman’s Beer mug locked to their belt, the Dwarfs finally enter the pitch of their newly inaugurated stadium! One thing is for sure: they’re definitely not here to play the ball, and the Human team who have the honour (or misfortune) to face them first will certainly testify to that.

Blood Bowl 2 is even more ambitious than its predecessor in all aspects of the game, with numerous extra features and the highest production values. Its brand new graphic engine has been specifically developed for this sequel and displays the game’s high-quality visuals and superb graphics and sound effects that raise the license to the next level. The animations, the dynamic cameras enhancing the brutal atmosphere of the matches, the "Cabalvision" identity and the commentator duo of Jim Johnson and Bob Bifford faithfully convey the thrills and fury so typical of the intense clashes in Blood Bowl.

Blood Bowl 2 includes a host of new features in both Solo and Multiplayer mode that also make the game more accessible. The ambitious Solo campaign puts players in charge of one the most famous teams in the world of Blood Bowl to compete in some unconventional and truly unique matches to take their team to the top, while “League” mode allows you to manage your own team, club and even stadium! Finally, the game achieves a greater tactical depth in Multiplayer mode with fabulous innovations that we will release very soon and which guarantee to drive the players wild!

We look forward to revealing more of Blood Bowl 2 with additional game screenshots and videos over the coming months!

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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
4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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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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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
54.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Criminally disappointing quality for this game.
Game play is great.
AI is quite reasonable and fun on hard mode.
Bugginess of the game is dreadful.

Sadly the game crashes and glitches quite regularly.
One of the most annoying things about the game is when you have less than 11 players on the pitch, it won't let you actually bring on more players. Once again this is sadly not an issue limited to this version of the game, but I had sincerely hoped that it would have been rectified in this one.

If you’re an absolute fan and you’ll play through no matter what, then it’s worth it at the discounted rate.
Don’t pay full price for this game or you will be disappointed with the quality.

Screams of a blatant money grab. Could not have passed through any QA controls and been released like this.

I love the game, I just hate to see something so good ruined by such poor coding and quality control
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
BLOODBOWL vs. CHAOS LEAGUE

I have mixed feelings about this game after buying it cheap in a Steam sale. However I can't really recommend it based on it's history.

Let me explain. Originally Cyanide produced a game called Chaos League (with an expansion called Sudden Death) which was a direct take off of Bloodbowl the board game. After a big legal dispute with games workshop they ended up developing Bloodbowl the computer game.

The trouble is that I don't think this is an improvement on Chaos League. It's biggest advantage is that you can play it online. However otherwise it's not an improvement and in some regards is worse. Personally I think Chaos League is more fun.

Where it falls down in comparison to Chaos League is the dice rolls. Unlike the boardgame version the dice rolls that the AI makes are suspiciously unrandom. e.g. There should be a 1-6 chance of a fumbled throw but my experience of this was far more frequent (6 times in a row once), the AI rarely fails it's dodge rolls etc and simply put the die rolls often don't seem random, certainly I've never seen dice come up with the same results so often in real life.

To my mind another advantage of chaos league is you have the option to play a real time option which you can pause (Which personally I prefer) which allows you to plan your moves and is useful if you want to stop mid-game for any reason. Games also last longer and don't have half time, so no irritating half time whistle just when you were about to score.

Chaos League also has the option to buy and develop star players for each race, which are a lot of fun. But you don't get them in Bloodbowl, I also prefer some elements of the layout in Chaos league and some of the little touches such as when a player is killed a little tombstone appears on the pitch and the players spirit is seen departing into the ether. There are a few minor tweaks and improvements in Bloodbowlbut not enough to make it a better game.

Overall if you want to play against friends I'd say buy the board game. If you want to play against the computer I'd buy Chaos league (Sudden death edition) it's simply more fun and you won't find yourself swearing at the compurter as much. If you want a strategy game buy football manager. I'd only buy this if you intend to play online.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
So far, a resounding NO.

This is one of those games that doesn't program good strategy for difficulty, but instead screws you on the RNG. I don't recall ever using bad tactics and getting away with it, but I can't count the number of times that I've not gotten away with good tactics either, as the computer somersaults through tacklers numbering three or four on his way out of a fine pickle.

Games that rely too heavily on the 'randomness' (if we're even going to call it that) are simply too frustrating to make it worth the effort. The game also does a ♥♥♥♥ poor job giving you the tools to manage match-ups so understanding the chances of success is a vicious learning curve, most of that curve being your back, bent over, taking the CPUs how-do-you-do up your ♥♥♥.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Don't bother buying it. Bugged all to hell, hasn't been patched. Game crashes almost every other match.
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45.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
SO much fun
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30.2 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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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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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
great version of he tabletop classic, even better as it is inline with the living rule book. Hard for me to admit, but I think this is better to play than the table top version :) Looking forward to the sequel. Hopefully this time around, they don't get you to buy 3 versions, and instead, figure out how to upgrade via dlc.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
fun
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60.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This games pretty good. you can punch dudes, Also, people can die by tripping on grass. 10000/2
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118.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
If you know the tabletop version, then this is pretty much the same, with some optional additions if you wish to try them out.
If you don't, then this is a turn-based sports-tactical strategy, in the Warhammer setting. Playing as one team, fighting against AI or human players in leagues, or simple matches, or playing hot-seat against your brother/sister/friend/mother/dog.
It's mainly good because of the dice-roll system. There are certain skills and attributes the players from different factions have, and they roll accordingly. Then you can wrestle/fight enemy players, pass the ball, and try to score a touchdown (yes, it is pretty much based on american football). Every team plays differently, and after sacraficing time on the altar of the Blood God, you will learn to understand the deeper mechanics too ! I recommend this game, and I'd say, the time to learn this pays off big time !! I've played legendary and chaos edition for over 250hours, and still cannot get enough. 2015q2 comes Blood Bowl 2, cannot wait !!!
Recommended !!
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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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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
A very enjoyable game in my opinion.

I enjoyed the simplistic controls, the classic style of game play which reminds me of the table top game.
I have also been playing this since the origin Blood Bowl and enjoyed each expansion with the addition of more teams.

If you can pick this up on a sale, I say its a game you should try at least once.
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11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This game plays just like the tabletop, but without the process of setting it up. No minis to paint or dice to buy. In some ways I feel like it just can not compare to the joy taking on a friend eye to eye on the tabletop, but this provides a nice alternative to those who have no friends. The announcers make for good buddies.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
My not recommending this game has more to do with the fact that I already owned the Legendary Edition. Basically there is not enough here to warrant an "upgrade" even if you pick it up cheaply. An extra team (Kaos) and different arenas (which, frankly, don't look as nice as most of the older ones anyway) just isn't enough. The graphics now seem fairly dated but if you don't already own a Blood Bowl game (which are excellent) then you could do a lot worse than to pick up this latest edition when it is on sale.
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150 of 170 people (88%) 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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