Beast is a one-vs-many game: One player takes the role of the Beast, trying to stay out of sight from the hunters whose goal is to kill the beast and prevent it from reaching its victory condition!
Launching on Kickstarter September 28th: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/327718895/beast-4
2-4 players, ages 14+
Playing time: 60-120 minutes
Designers: Aron Midhall & Elon Midhall
Publisher: Studio Midhall
To start the game, the player who plays the Beast picks one of the 6 available Beasts, while all other players pick a hunter.
Depending on the contract you’re playing, the game takes place over the course of 3 or 4 days, unless the Beast manages to kill a certain number of settlers, in which case he immediately wins the game.
Each round starts with a drafting phase, giving the players a hand of cards which they can use in the following Day-phase.
In that Day-phase, players take turns performing actions: while the Beast will be primarily moving to attack settlements and spawning summons to help him out, the hunters need to work together, setting traps and trying to find out where the Beast is currently located, after which they can attack him.
Once every player has passed, the day is over, and the Night-phase begins. Both the Beast and the hunters check if they meet any requirements set by the scenario to gain their rewards, reset their hand, and in addition they may gain upgrades for their characters: these are special abilities which they can use for the remainder of the game.
A new round begins, unless the game is over without the Beast reaching his goal, in which case the hunters win the game!
You really feel a lot of care and attention to detail went into designing Beast, it plays well-balanced and there are a ton of different Beasts and Hunters to play with so replayability is definitely not an issue here. The artwork looks super neat and it totally helps to get fully immersed in the game.
My favourite part is definitely how the movement of the Beast works, a number of movement cards equal to the steps he may take are placed face down, which makes the hunters have to deduce which way he might be heading.
Overall Beast is definitely a game that I can highly recommend, so make sure to keep an eye out for the Kickstarter! Subscribe to get notified here: