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Game Review: Wonderland The Board Game

pic1286064It probably comes as a surprise, even for the disparate fans of Zenescope that there is a board game featuring one of the company’s properties.  It is the case however, as the company seemed interested in expanding its covering of different media beyond just comics to board games.  In essence there is probably no better series of characters to draw upon than those of the Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland setting.  In terms of the quality of writing it has consistently been the best that Zenescope has to offer, featuring main characters that are being driven insane even if there is a good reason for this insanity (their connection to Wonderland.)  As the characters explore their own issues they keep coming up against the question of the chicken and the egg in terms of their own approach to life and how to deal with the realm of madness.

Although the series has been a standout for Grimm Fairy Tales and Zenescope it also begs the question about how to interpret this to a board game.  While some fans might be drawn to the game because of its association to the comics, it is really worth questioning as to whether that is a good idea.  The game draws on one of the mechanics of the series, that enemies have to be defeated in both on Earth and in Wonderland, and this is done through the Liddle House which was the source of so many troubles for the family.  The usual suspects are here, and it is a nice association with the comic universe, but the mechanics are overly basic.  As opposed to some popular games which use unconventional boards and strategies, this game is a relatively straightforward hunt and kill concept based on a grid movement system.  The only real twist in the game is that the board is reversed when moving to Wonderland.

It is unfortunate that Zenescope went ahead with this idea as it was.  It took a fairly popular series and reduced it to a game which could easily be designed and playtested in single day. It draws well from the comic material, but for fans who are unfamiliar with this material they might also wonder why certain characters are attacking each other and trying to kill one another when this is not the case in the original novel.  As it stands this is a pretty weak entry as a board game, and while it would be nice to see Zenescope try again, hopefully it wouldn’t turn out like this did.

Score:  3

Zenescope Announces Wonderland Board Game

ZENESCOPE ANNOUNCES WONDERLAND BOARD GAME

Philadelphia, PA April 6th, 2012- Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to release a board game based on its Wonderland series. The gameplay was designed by Matthew Wang and Brian David-Marshall, the team who worked on The Walking Dead board game  (based on the comic book) and the award-winning Twilight board games (based on the movies).  Art/graphic design was handled by Zenescope’s in-house graphic designer, Christopher Cote.The game is planned for a late summer 2012 release. The Wonderland comic book series was created by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory and is one of the company’s most popular series.

Now fans can experience Wonderland in a way no one has ever experienced before as the Wonderland series comes to life in this exciting, strategy filled game. Experience a vibrant, twisted world, full of surprises! Players can choose to play as one of their favorite characters including Calie, the Mad Hatter, Brandon, the Queen of Hearts, the White Knight and a number of others.

The board game features two separate realms, Earth and Wonderland. The realms are artfully depicted on the double-sided board and switching between them adds a unique twist and an added level of complexity to the game that few other board games offer. Players compete against each other, each player trying to complete goals specific goals while the other players try to foil their attempts at progressing.

“Fans of the comic series and anything Wonderland related are going to love this game. We’re so happy that we were able to expand on our Wonderland and Grimm Fairy Tales universe and branch out into the world of board games at the same time,” states Zenescope president Joe Brusha. “Zenescope and To Be Continued have designed a very unique and fun game that will not only appeal to Wonderland fans but also to anyone who loves board games.”

The Wonderland Board Game will be available for pre-order through the April Diamond Previews and Alliance Game Trade Magazine.  Go to Zenescope’s website at www.zenescope.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/Zenescope for more information.

About Zenescope Entertainment

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.