This bonecrunching sport features 23 playable races, each with its own style, vicious moves, rankings & more!
User reviews: Very Positive (578 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
87 of 112 people (78%) found this review helpful
99.6 hrs on record
REVIEW HAIKU

One step from the line

Your ball carrier falls down

Leaving you bitter
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
NFL+Warhammer, que más
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Beneath a somewhat overly complicated veneer lies one of deepest competitive turn-based games around.

Blood Bowl really shines while matching wits with other players head-to-head, as a simple roll of the dice can lead to breathtakingly spectacular plays.

Blood Bowl has spawned volumes of analysis and commentary across the web, and it's the elegant marriage between its teams, players, and skill systems that keeps me coming back for more. The rich fantasy world that Games Workshop has developed over the years is just icing on the grog-soaked cake.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ty and boring, chess with football rules, the only difference is it has blood. 0/10
Posted: October 11
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Pile of orc dung.
Posted: October 12
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
I really wanted to like this game. I have enjoyed it at times but there is a lot of dice rolling luck involved. I am about to score only one defender, a halfling midget! The halfling kills my Thrower as I run past. Then my runner fails TWICE to pick up the ball with NO defenders around. Eventually the halfling picks up the ball on the first try. FUUUUuuuuuddddgee. I was on easy mode for Pete's sake!!!

The other thing that I dislike, is that there is no clear way to build up your team. Your players level up but it doesn't seem to do much good. You can buy better armor but that seems to be worthless. Again, it seems to be way more luck that strategy.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Don't take me wrong for the NO recommendation.
The game itself is amazing. But it lacks what lots of strategy games lack of: A good AI.
The AI is way too easy to defeat, so it has only interest if you pretend to play in Multiplayer.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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7.1 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ game, a disappointment to the Warhammer Universe.
Posted: October 10
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13.2 hrs on record
nice stragety game
Posted: September 28
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143.7 hrs on record
In one game, my Orc team failed to knock out or even tackle the opponent’s sole werewolf. We had it outnumbered and the linemen, the thrower, and the blitzers were rolling two block dice at a time against the hairy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Said werewolf, with the help of a ghoul and a zombie, proceeded to injure one of the blitzers then kill the thrower, who, btw, was holding the ball.

10/10, would enjoy failing again.

There really isn’t a PC strategy game quite like Blood Bowl. For most strategy games, if you can do a lot things right, e.g. play as intelligently as you possibly can, utilizing the collected knowledge of guides you’ve read or watched plus your own experience, then you can reasonably expect to come out ahead your opponent. In Blood Bowl, however, you can play to the best of your abilities and still fail because no matter how good you are, there will be times when you roll two skulls on your block dice, use a team re-roll, and then roll two skulls again. BB is a game that does not necessarily reward playing well. I’ve never quite accepted this fact. But it’s essential to understanding the game.

To put it another way: if you take this game too seriously, you’re going to have a bad time.

The basic mechanics are as follows: a game, called a match, consists of two teams that field a total of 11 players on a playing field, called the pitch. Both teams try to win the match by scoring the most touchdowns. And there are a lot of teams to choose from. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll want to research each one and possibly try the ones that interest you in singleplayer (via a campaign or an exhibition match) to decide if you like their style.

Throwing, passing, and catching the ball is important, but so is blocking. Blocking involves running up to your opponent and punching them in the face, to borrow a phrase from TotalBiscuit. When you block, the game roles a block die. The roll can result in your opponent being knocked down, knocked down unless they have the Dodge skill, your player being knocked down (those previously mentioned skulls), both of you being knocked down, or the opponent being pushed. You can mitigate the risk of unfavorable rolls in multiple ways. Such as blocking with a player who has the Block skill (not to be confused with block, the action), which means they will not be knocked down if a “both down” result is rolled. Or by trying to ensure that you roll two or more block dice. Of course, even by minimizing risk in these ways, you can still roll “opponent pushed” and “attacker down”.

But I’ve barely touched upon all the basics. I didn’t even address tackle zones. A team’s individual players have their own styles, too. Blitzers (or variations thereof, like werewolves) are good for aggressive attacks, throwers are essentially quarterbacks, and linemen are generalists. Protip: press 'G' to show the pitch's grid and press 'N' to reveal a player's position (e.g. thrower).

As you might’ve gathered from other reviews, the learning curve for this game can feel like a perfectly straight vertical line. Singleplayer is fairly useless, outside of getting used to the basics and testing what teams you like. The AI can behave in ways no human player would, even on the hard difficulty.

Yet, despite the frustration and difficulty, Blood Bowl is a fun game. Team and player names are customizable and so is the appearance of most players. As team members earn Star Player Points (i.e. experience) and gain skills or injuries, they develop their own character. All this customization permits a a lot of variation, even within the strengths and weaknesses of a specific team. What BB does reward are players who treat the game like chess: those who take their time to patiently make decisions that best utilize the different team member’s skills. There’s a great sense of accomplishment to watching your players compliment each other to dominate the pitch and protect the ball carrier to the opponent’s end zone. Moverover, veteran players in Mister Hadwick Invitational and in private leagues, like those advertised in cKnoor’s Steam group have consistently been good sports and enjoy helping newbs.

Finally, between this, the Chaos Edition, and the Legendary Edition, there is no reason not to get this one instead.
Posted: September 28
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97.9 hrs on record
Best way to get punched in the nads repeatedly by RNG. 10/10 would rage again.
Posted: October 2
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63.2 hrs on record
I rolled a one when going for it with my little lizard. He tripped and died. 10/10 a must have.
Posted: October 12
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269.6 hrs on record
A turn-based football-like game that encourages killing the other team.
Posted: October 13
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82.8 hrs on record
The game is pretty decent, follows the boardgame rules quite well.

Lots of online discusion wether the ai cheats or not, some very furious nay sayers and yar sayers who believe it to be cheating in single player.

I must admit i found rolling a 1 in 216 chance roll 2 times in a row a bit suspicious.
Posted: October 13
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42.6 hrs on record
Same game, new races. But thats ok. I always liked steam rolling the opposition with the dwarves. No really they have a spiked steam roller. It's that kind of game. If you don't have Legendary, Chaos Edition might be a better choice for you. Gameplay is about the same. The AI isn't quite any smarter either. That may change with the upcoming Blood Bowl II.
Still all in all a fun if sometimes frustrating game.
Posted: October 8
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1.1 hrs on record
Don't buy this. End of story.
Posted: October 9
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468.4 hrs on record
There is no game like this game. It's freaking awesome! It does have some mistakes and bugs (come on Cyanide it can't be that difficult to fix some bugs) BUT... it's the ultimate board game ever! Play it first against the AI, then against people on-line and after... Join a tournament online to explore the total awesomeness of this masterpiece!
Posted: October 10
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27.2 hrs on record
Can be enjoayble, but the RnG makes it unplayable in a competitive sense, at least for me.
Posted: October 14
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