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Chainsaw Warrior from Games Workshop is the classic nail-biting game for one strong-nerved player! It's the year 2032 and spatial warping has opened a hole into another dimension in the midst of the old municipal buildings at the heart of Manhattan. Bizarre and dangerous creatures are flooding into our dimension, intent on destruction.
Release Date: Oct 7, 2013
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Game Updated!

March 21st, 2014

Hi all - we've just updated the game to fix some issues and add a new achievement - collect all 9 ways to die!

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The developers interview Chainsaw Warrior's original creator - Stephen Hand!

February 22nd, 2014

Hi there, I'm Tomas Rawlings, the designer and propducer of trhe digital version and I'm really pleased to say that I got the opportunity to interview the original creator of the 1987 boardgame, Stephen Hand. Here's an excerp:

Tomas: Some have said that Chainsaw Warrior is like a first-person shooter as a boardgame - it pre-dates Doom by 6 years - how does this assertion fit your view of the game?

Stephen: Of course the FPS label didn’t exist in 1986 but you only have to look at the game to see that’s exactly what it is. The paradigm videogamers are now so familiar with: first person involvement, arming the character, exploring a deadly environment, the Boss villain, the BFG, the distribution and diversity of enemies, fight after bloody fight against horrific creatures, even the transition from day to night -- Chainsaw Warrior is practically the template. A number of people in the industry have commented that the influence of Chainsaw Warrior has long gone unrecognised. ... I am actually very wary of suggesting influence when the reality may well be coincidence; precedence and similarity do not equal imitation. But if you simply locate Chainsaw Warrior in a timeline of games, it’s pretty suggestive. I think in my Designer’s Notes I called it a video game without electricity.

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“Chainsaw Warrior offers excellent value for money, and delivers a faithful reworking of a classic board game.”
8/10 – http://www.game-debate.com/articles/index.php?a_id=2262&game=Chainsaw%20Warrior

“…everything you want in a digitised version of the Games Workshop classic…”

“Perfectly judged, brutally demanding and almost impossible to put down...”
The Guardian

About the Game

Chainsaw Warrior from Games Workshop is the classic nail-biting game for one strong-nerved player! It's the year 2032 and spatial warping has opened a hole into another dimension in the midst of the old municipal buildings at the heart of Manhattan. Bizarre and dangerous creatures are flooding into our dimension, intent on destruction. Behind their actions is a controlling intelligence known as 'Darkness', who intends to drag New York back into the warp – destroying it utterly!

Air strikes, ground assaults and WMDs have all failed to stop the swarming forces from beyond. All that remains is a single hope: a shadowy ex-special forces soldier, enhanced for combat and known only as 'Chainsaw Warrior'. Equipped with all the latest high-tech armaments, he must battle his way through to the trans-dimensional ground-zero and defeat Darkness. Not only are there swarms of zombies, mutants, traps, Chaos Agents and other twisted denizens between him and Darkness, time is the enemy too! Only an hour remains to save New York before it is torn from our world forever.

First published as a solo boardgame in 1987, it has been updated, translated and re-engineered for the digital generation. In Chainsaw Warrior it's just you against both the clock and a tide of evil! Can you prevail where all others have failed? You only have 60 minutes to save New York!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Card or above.
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
390 products in account
2 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
This is a game which must sell entirely on nostalgia value.

I've never played the original - I bought it because I'm a fan of Games Workshop's non-core lines (Blood Bowl and Necromunda in particular are favorites), but I'd never even heard of this.

The game is a series of dice rolls with no real strategic decisions to be made. The largest amount of influence you have is to decide what gear you buy at the start of the game, after that a Choose Your Own Adventure novel allows more player agency. You get to decide whether to try to shoot before engaging in melee with enemies. That's the full sum of your available decisions in at least 90% of the average game.

I suppose if you are really bored it might be worth it at 50% off. Do not buy this expecting the Games Workshop magic, though. This is one of their earliest offerings and it shows.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
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17 reviews
3.3 hrs on record
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Chainsaw Warrior The Board Game

The Good:

A quick pick-up & play game that can be played and beaten in 15 – 40 minute bursts (depending on how well you roll your starting stats)
Due to the board game it is replicating, all the mechanics are in the open and based off six-sided dice rolls
Opening comic is very slick and sets the scene for the upcoming game-play
Artwork is well drawn and retains the original board game’s motif
A high difficulty level that rewards diligence
Card descriptions are straight-forward and easy to understand
Very rewarding to finally beat the game, on any of the three difficulty settings

The Bad:

Tutorial is lacking for those not familiar with the original board game from 1987
Unexplained abbreviations are common and some important game-play mechanics aren’t fully explained (I’m looking at you, guns)
Moderate level of chance present with every play-through, which can cause frustration when having a lengthy play session
Admittedly this is less of a problem for the Easy mode, which allows you to pick your equipment before heading forth to save the world
The difficult-to-beat ending was anti-climactic and gone after a mouse click. It would have been nice to have been treated with another interesting comic
Voice acting during the comic is a little monotonous, which doesn’t fit with the well produced comic animations
This is very minor, but I must have sat through 20 “how to play the game” tutorial iterations before I noticed the “Replay Tutorial?” button in the options screen
The tutorial was quite helpful the first time around, but maybe after that it should automatically switch the option to “NO” in the options screen

Can you play it while the children are awake?:

I felt like the artwork was a little too gory for them to be taking in.

Though the gameplay is pretty tame (virtual dice roll across the screen in place of “actions”), I feel the zombie pics on the cards would be a little too much for younger ones.

Did I make time to complete it?:

I felt compelled to beat the game on Easy mode. The learning curve was steep in the beginning (not having played the original), but I persevered and became victorious! A little achievement pop-up hasn’t felt so rewarding since beating Super Meat Boy.

Recommended Purchase Price:



100% of full retail price of $4.99



Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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396 reviews
3.6 hrs on record
Hey, did you ever want to play Chainsaw Warrior but didn't want to look like a total forever alone playing a board game BY YOURSELF? You're in luck, because now it's on Steam and mobile devices as a video game! It's brutally hard, so much so that while doing research for this review, I read that a dude who started playing this game in 1987 never got so much as a single win from the game in over 25 years. He became MEGA-PUA, Godzilla's latest nemesis. Losing streaks like these are a result of dice-based mechanics combined with card-based ♥♥♥♥ery, which results in this game being a big ol' pile of NERD GAMBLING. However, I thoroughly enjoy this because it is possible to get around those disadvantages and find a way to outwit and cleave through enemies like nothing, so it is possible to have a fighting chance. I enjoyed it, but I don't feel I'm going to enjoy it all that longer. But it's cheap and you can throw on some music from Thomas Barrandon in the background to enhance the experience.
Posted: January 5th, 2014
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
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24 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
Chainsaw Warrior is a game I first heard about when my significant other were talking about this really old cardgame that she used to play. When it was released here on steam, she of course bought it and I eventually decided that "I want a simple game that I can play when bored" so I decided to get it as well.

And indeed, that is exactly what it is. A game with very simple rules of draw a card and kill what shows up. The game does not try to belittle you for making choices when it comes to using certain items nor does it handhold you at all. But the game is very much based on random chance and you could be as unlucky as I was, and die instantly to a radiation trap.

If you are looking for a game with simple rules and no complexity that you don't really have to focus much on and that will entertain you, then look no further because this is the game for you. If you're looking for something more complex then well, you'll just have to keep looking further.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
22.2 hrs on record
Super fun, old school (original board game came out in late 80s) solo dice/card game--which was most likely invented by SATAN! You have 60 minutes to beat The Darkness and save NYC. You roll for stats, pick equipment and enter a building. There are things like zombies, traps, and other random stuff that you roll (and DIE!!!) against. It is really hard...just when you think you have it beat, it beats you down. Especially that fat, green jerk The Slime.

Give it a try! It's also available on Android and iOS if you want to play while you are on the crapper or on the bus. For $5 on Steam and $4-ish on mobile it's a no brainer...you'll get your money's worth!
Posted: January 5th, 2014
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