The popular campaign based board game Gloomhaven which was released in 2017 was a great success. On top of being the highest-rated title on BoardGameGeek, it was announced a video game adaption of the popular board game was in development back in August 2018. It has been some time but the early access release of Gloomhaven is now available on Steam and provides a single-player experience that shows how close the video game adaption stays faithful to the original board game. Along with the announcement, a new trailer has also been provided for fans to get them excited for the dungeon-crawling experience.
The Early Access version of Gloomhaven will allow players to play an “Adventure Mode” which will create randomly generated dungeons to explore and face a wide variety of enemies. As mentioned, the game, for now, is single-player only but will have multiplayer by the time the official launch occurs. There are currently only four characters you can choose from but plans for future playable characters and new content are already in the works. In GloomHaven’s gameplay, much like the board game, players will choose two cards to get started. Each card contains two possible actions that are played in a certain order. These skills can then be modified with a separate deck which in the case of the video game adaption, the AI will take over. Players will take turns making the best decisions possible using their cards for battle and moving characters across a tile-based battlefield. If a player runs out of life points or cards, the game is over.
Board game to video game adaptions are convenient to have, as they take away the setup time most struggle with on a busy schedule. Being how popular the board game was, Gloomhaven may attract many fans of the strategy genre. According to game developers, Gloomhaven will remain in Early Access for 9-12 months. During this time developers will but looking closely at community feedback to tighten up loose areas and add as much additional content as possible. Gloomhaven is available for PC on Steam for $24.99.