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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (110 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 7, 2013

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September 16

Chainsaw Warrior Competition Results

Huge thanks to all who entered our Chainsaw Warrior video competition. We’ve had fun looking though the results and it’s time to share those with you all. See http://aurochdigital.com/2014/08/23/chainsaw-warrior-competition-results/ to see how people did.

Stay tuned as we've got more cool stuff coming!

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July 31

Win a copy of the original, 1987, board game!

Ever wanted to own a piece of Games Workshop history? This is your chance, folks! We're giving away a rare copy of the original Chainsaw Warrior board game, first printed way back in 1987.

All you've got to do to win is to record your best playthrough and send it in to us before the 17th of August, so get recording!

You can find all the details for the contest at our website: http://aurochdigital.com/2014/07/29/copies-of-classic-1987-board-game-chainsaw-warrior-up-for-grabs-for-best-playthough/

Good Luck!

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Reviews

“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…”
http://www.gamercast.net/chainsaw-warrior-review

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

About This 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Spielmechanik war leider nicht so dynamisch und cool, wie es auf den ersten Blick erschien :/

2/10
Posted: September 29
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3.8 hrs on record
I may not have played the original card game, but this digital adaptation is simple yet marvelous. The game itself plays out like a randomized card-game version of a rogue-like. I've seen many complaints about the unfairness of this game, due to its randomized nature and all, but I can't help but feel it's an unfair assumption to assume that just because it's a card game that this game is inherently intended to be a purely strategic experience. What it is at its core, is a quick-playing ride into hell.

Winning is a rarity - I haven't even won one game myself, but I still like to come back to it for a quick playthrough now and then, because it's easy to learn and fun to experiment with. It's nothing more than quick romps through bloodshed and randomized weaponry, but it doesn't pretend to be more than that either. That, and although its randomized nature - including randomizing the player's selection of weapons and items - may make it seem as though there isn't any room for strategy at all, the game does indeed have strategy in the same way most gambling games do. You're hedging your bets. Betting that larger firepower won't be necessary, betting that the monster around the bend WON'T be a radioactive sludge beast, betting you can open that door without wasting bullets and thus saving precious extra in-game time to complete your mission.

You'll come close, it might be painful. But this is the kind of pain I like from a game.
Posted: October 2
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Too random, no possibility to make any significant choices beyond choosing the proper equipment after re-rolling the stats a few times, and in the end it just boils down to often failing 1:6 (or less) checks which usually result in immediate death.
Was fun for maybe an hour, before the pattern became clear and uninteresting.
Posted: July 29
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
+ Cool idea
+ Challenging
+ Great for short sessions

- Relies on CPU generated luck
- UI cluttered
- Basic graphics and audio
- Even too hard on Easy

[Rating: 67/100]
Posted: August 11
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Chainsaw Warrior is a game that is very challenging, and is not for everyone. For those that can get into Card and Dice based game play, then you will find this a fun and challenging treat. Based/Remade to resemble the 1987 board game, this game pits one cyber commando on a near impossible mission to wade through tons of traps, mutants, abominations and zombies until he meets and defeats his hardest foe yet, Darkness!

The game uses a simple D6 based rule system. One of the really neat features of the game is you start off by rolling your character stats and equipment options. The built in tutorial does an ok job of explaining everything, there where a few occasions where i was left wondering how the game decided on a certain number i had to meet or beat.

This game is no pushover, and sometimes a bad roll of the dice will just ruin you. For me, that's the fun in it, trying to bounce back from an already bad situation. Even though the odds are stacked against you, there are plenty of goodies and items to help you along your way. All items offer different perks and stat boosts, allowing you to approach the game in a few different ways. Sporting three difficulty modes, it helps oneself get used to how the game works and allows for you to experiment with weapon and item combinations.

Its a simple game at its core, but it has excellent replayability due to its hard difficulty curve and random encounters/events. Pick it up if you are into boardgames or looking for a challenge. The Doctor Approves.
Posted: May 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
You play a muscle bound aryan superman as he stabs, punches and shoots his way across the sub-human denizens of New York and once the sun ges down the freakz go crazy, it's the most realistic simulator of the New York City blackout of 1977 I've ever seen.
Posted: September 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
I DO recomment this game - I think it is an excellent adaptation of the 1987 original.
Posted: September 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Awesome oldschool table top gaming but on the PC! Played this game when i was a kid and its exactly as fun a it was then. Graphics and animations are tidy and well put together and the gameplay just keeps attracting you back for more. If you're after a challenge and you like the tabletop dice rolling style of the game play all whilst you're pretending to save New York from a giant rift of the nasties as a badass super cyborg.... then this is for you. Beating the game on easy took me a good few hours... and it reckons the original game was played using the hard setting only.. £4 well spent! :)
Posted: May 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Chainsaws are exciting. Warriors are thrilling. And yet, somehow, Chainsaw Warrior is not quite the be-all-end-all of gaming experiences I hoped it would be. Even so, it's still more enjoyable than any other sci-fi horror Solitaire game on the market. In this PC port of a one-player card game from Games Workshops, you play as the eponymous CHAINSAW WARRIOR, a cybernetically-enhanced combat veteran called back in for one more job - to save New York from a teeming horde of extra-dimensional monstroids led by the entity known only as DARKNESS. After a bit of preliminary character creation (which you have almost no say in), you are sent out into the urban disaster zone to murder your way to the top, hopefully with enough equipment remaining that you can take down the big galoot at the end and save New York from devastation.

The game plays out simply, and although it's highly dependent on luck, there's enough strategy and decision making involved to keep it interesting. After character creation, you head out into the city and are given one hour (120 turns) to plow through the two decks of encounter cards. Although there are some helpful encounters out there (empty rooms, ammo dumps, or short cuts if you're really lucky), most encounters are monsters or traps. Each encounter is likely to injure, poison, irradiate, or simply delay you, any of which will eventually kill you, so it's in your best interests to rush through encounters as quickly as you can. Actually clearing out both decks is next to impossible, but fortunately you (probably) won't have to. The final boss, DARKNESS, is shuffled randomly into the second deck, so you might only need to draw a single card from it to face him... or you might plow through all but one card and die, having performed a Herculean feat but still losing anyway.

Which brings me to the fact that this game is just absurdly unfair. No matter how skilled you are, six-sided dice are fickle things. One bad roll against a monster capable of killing you in a single hit will just end your game. The last boss can only be killed with two particular items, and they can be destroyed or run out of ammo along the way. An early encounter with a monster that reduces your stats permanently can hamstring an otherwise promising hero. Heck, just rolling awful stats in the very beginning, or getting lousy randomly selected equipment, can ruin your chances of victory before you even set foot into the battlefield. It's all aggravating, and the character generation process is drawn out more than it needs to be, and there's no quick reset option, and aaaaugh i hate you i hate you i hate chainsaw warrior diiiiiiie.

...But honestly, winning isn't everything. There's something satisfying about the unpredictable generosity of dice rolls, very much along the lines of rolling a nat 20 and wresting victory from the jaws of defeat. As you play, you learn what threats you'll encounter, how the various items can compensate for your lousy stat rolls, and when it's justifiable to pull out your big guns and waste your precious, precious ammo. And on top of all that, the art style and general aesthetics are just the right kind of schlock 80's cyberpunk crap I adore, mixing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoonery with the occasional spot of authentically disturbing monster design... Just try to ignore the painfully bad voice-acting in the opening cut scene. I'm not about to call this a good game exactly, but it's certainly fun for a while, and the price tag is very easy on the wallet.
Posted: August 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Disclaimer: this score is full of sarcasm and irony. As always.

Score out of 10:
-Graphics: 1.0-9.0, what should I say...? It's a real Card game, with, you know, real cards...
-Game engine: 6.2, has some minor flaws, like "keybindings" options without even working keys, except mouse, and long waiting time for main menu (i suppose it's whole game resetting process), but that's all acceptable.
-Game mechanics: Board version 8.0 / Binary version 0.0 (it's not a smile), see below.
-Game addiction: 9.5, like any Rogue-like game with permadeath.
-Gameplay: 8.1, really strange for such simple, but it's interesting.

TOTAL: 1d6+4
So, it's hard to judge this game for two reasons. First of all, it's a digital remake of old board game. Second of all, it's a 2014 now.
Game developers had not so many options to make it nice to old fans and new-coming players. At least to make user interface perfect, while you are not able to change or improve game mechanics. Why I can not turn "intro" comics OFF by default? Why the hell all three active areas (Cards deck, HTH-Shoot-da-Whoop and Roll buttons, Continue button) are in three different corners of the screen? Why asking always for something, that's present in single (weapon for Hth, for example). Why always Rolling character in beggining with SO many dumb button press? There is a rule : program should wait for user interaction IF and ONLY IF user can change the state of program. Here you have to press 7 times some "skip"-like button, just to see numbers appear on the screen. Hell, thanks, but no.
On the one hand, game mechanics are pure random in nature: "adventure map" - shuffled card deck, combat - dice based.
On the other hand, game is hard to play and has a "moment of choice", moreover game will always punish you for mistake. You are not only skipping turns, waiting for some "random" output and lucky end. You have enough possibilities to change outcome, though they are limited.

The original game lacks of "horizontal balance": most of ingame items (cloth, weapon, device) can be separed on usefull in 100% cases and useless in 100% cases. That's bad. Another problem is small amount of such items at all.

With all that said : it's fun to play. Although, this game cannot be called Rogue-like for multiple reasons, it shares some of their properties, which makes it perfect for me, but me boring for others. AGAIN total score for this game makes more sense than it looks like: 1d6+4 out of 10.
Posted: August 9
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Sweet Jesus this game is incredible.

If you like ultra-violent, randomized, super-tough games, this one is for you. If you don't like those thing, you have terrible taste in games.
Posted: July 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Very Good game. Never played the original physical game, but i'd imagine that this would do it great justice.

Its ridiculously hard, even on easy difficultly the entire mechanic of the game is there to screw you over, its fun but irritating, frustrating and sometimes downright hilarious when it all goes wrong in just a few turns (especially when you've had some really lucky rolls whilst creating your characters stats)

Ive not finished the game yet (even on easy) but i can imagine that it would extremely satisfying to finally get through.

If you are a fan of the "Choose you own Adventure" books this will probably be something you'll enjoy.
Posted: June 20
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Awesome remake of board game. Oldschool monstrous setting, dark atmosphere. Nice thing for the board games lovers.
Posted: July 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
It's like playing solitaire with random death and very little choice other than pressing NEXT. Not really recommended.
Posted: August 19
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Don't. Just don't. Unless you're actually old enough to have nostalgia for this game, it's not worth it.
Posted: May 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I don't get this game. Someone explain it to me. So many distracting graphics on the cards. What the ♥♥♥♥ is what? Srsly...
Posted: August 5
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Terrible game. Don't waste even a dollar on it.
Posted: August 7
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1.8 hrs on record
Its alright. Feels a little heavy on the RNG, and a little light on the strategy.
Posted: July 10
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4.4 hrs on record
Fast paced dice-rolling gambling-like action. More fun than I thought it would be.
Posted: July 4
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1.7 hrs on record
This appears to be a faithful recreation of the card game. Unfortunately it appears that this card game sucks.
95% of your game is determined when you create your character and if you don't have maximized stats then you will need to be very lucky to win, even on the normal difficulty. Most of the encounters are boring and there isn't really much in the way of decisions to make one you pick your gear at the beginning. Almost all of the enemies are so weak as to not need a dice roll and then the final boss is so overpowered you'll need to be rolling 10+ on the dice to do any damage to it. I was so bored after several games that I couldn't be bothered playing through it enough times to beat the final boss by sheer luck and get the achievement for it.

The game has some style and potential but the actual game mechanics ruin it. If you've somehow played the card game and enjoyed it then I am sure you will enjoy this version of it. I've played worse games but it gets a solid thunmbs down from me. Maybe a 3 out of 10 for style.
Posted: September 9
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