Chainsaw Warrior is a classic 1987 Games Workshop solo board game being brought to mobile and desktop by Auroch Digital. Now available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and Android (via Google Play), PC and Mac.
Below is information to help you with the game. They are organised by gameplay issues and then platforms. Please check though the article before emailing us, as you may get an answer quicker that way! For more on the game, see here. NB: We also makes games over at our newsgaming project, GameTheNews.net. If you’ve come here looking for support for those titles, then try here.
How to Play Quick Guide:
- New Game – To start a new name press ‘New Game’ and follow the instructions to create Chainsaw Warrior. This involves rolling the dice for his different attributes and equipment.
- Game Progression – Tap or click on the House Card on the left to turn it over. Read the information on the card and the game will automatically offer you when choices for action you have via the buttons on the right.
- Game Aim – The aim of the game is to get though the House Cards until you find the one with Darkness on. Kill him and you win the game. At the start of the game, the cards automatically are divided into two decks. Darkness is randomly placed somewhere in the second deck. Darkness can only be killed with the Laser Lance or the Implosion Vest.
- Equipment Cards/Points – All of the items, weapons etc that Chainsaw Warrior can use to help him complete his mission. These come a number of types – HtH Weapons, Guns, Heavy Weapons, Devices and Clothing. There is also the special category for the Laser Lance. Each item type has a cost when equipping Chainsaw Warrior.
- HtH – Hand-to-Hand combat. The higher a HtH score is, the better at Hand-to-Hand combat that unit is.
- House Card – Term for all the game cards that contain encounters. These can be enemies, traps, item of equipment or building features such as secret passages or a chasm. These are shown in portrait view.
- Lucky Shot – When you draw or sometimes are wounded in a round of HtH combat, you will be offered the chance to take a Lucky Shot. This gives you the chance to use a Gun or Heavy Weapon against your enemy. Generally a roll of 5 or 6 on a 1D6 is needed to succeed with this move.
General Gameplay Questions
These are specific questions to aspects of the game:
- Equipment – There are restrictions of what you can take with you on this mission. You can only carry 13 items maximum, which includes the Laser Lance. You can only have one Gun and one Heavy Weapon at any one time. If you encounter a dump offering a Gun, you can’t select another one, only a clip for an existing weapon.
- Venom and Radiation – Some enemies such as Zombies can infect you with Venom. Other such as Mutant Things can give you a dose of Radiation. If your Venom or Radiation rating reaches the same as your Endurance (bottom bar) then you will die.
- Escaping the Building – If you loose the Laser Lance, you’ll be offered the chance to exit the building and return to base to re-equip it. You can only defeat Darkness with this item or the implosion vest, so if you don’t have either you must do this to win the game. When you select this option, you’ll be told how many more House Cards you’ll need to pass though before you are able to re-equip. You get a roll of Equipment Points and are automatically given the Laser Lance at this point. You can spend the excess points on other items. When you have re-equipped you will have to start at the beginning of the current deck you are on.
- Killing Darkness– Your main foe can only be killed by either the Laser Lance or the Implosion Vest. If you kill him with the implosion vest, then you will both die. If you kill him with the Laser Lance then you will win. However once you enter HtH combat, you will only be able to shoot him with a Lucky Shot. Depending on how you perform in HtH, you will get the chance to use the Lucky Shot roll and shoot Darkness with the laser Lance. If you run out of ammo or the Laser Lance is destroyed during combat, you will be defeated by Darkness.
Strategy Guide – Hints and Tips
The game is deliberately a tough one. Expect to die many times before you complete it. If you manage to complete it on Hard (or the classic game mode) then you’ll forever be a gaming legend. Here’s a few hints and tips if you do find yourself seeing that death screen a bit more that you’d like:
- Speed Counts! This is a game about getting though the cards as quickly and easily as possible until you find Darkness, so when you have the change to skip cards – take it! Items like the Rope and Luncher when you encounter a Balcony and skills such as Climb on elevators are great for this.
- Shop Around! If you are playing on Easy or Medium (paying 2 points to see the cards) they there is strategy in what items you take. Experiment with the load-out, however the Chainsaw is invaluable for combat and some traps. The Rope and Launcher is great for Chasm card and climbing Balconies. Items that stop you loosing equipment are also invaluable: the Heat Detector vs Lunatic card, the Sonic Amplifier for Cave-ins and Metal Detector for mines. These are key because losing items in explosions and having them stolen can mean the Laser Lance is gone and you need to exit the building to get a new one.
- Electric! If you get the magnetic trap that disables your electrical items, then this can be an issue. If in deck one, then push on but if in deck two and you encounter Darkness, then you are in trouble as your Laser Lance won’t be working. You might need to wait till it is working again before going on (time dependent!). On this subject, if you are able, making sure you have 1 non-electrical weapon is a good call for these situations (such as the knife).
- Push On! If you do lose your Laser Lance and you are close to the end of the first deck, then push onto to deck two before you opt to exit the building as when you return from re-equipping you start at the beginning of whatever deck you are on.
- Ammo Check! Keep your ammo for when you need it. Zombies are often better dealt with via HtH. You need to make sure you have ammo for some enemies that cause serious problems – such as the Suicide Chaos Agent who can destroy your equipment and mean you have to exit the building.
- C.A.T.S! The Laser Lance is the most powerful weapon and the one you need to kill Darkness. Fitting C.A.T.S to it makes that job a bit easier. You should also get a spare clip for this when you hit an ammo dump. That way you can also use it on other deadly foes – the Slime and Meat Machine being prime candidates. However putting lots of resources into the Laser Lance means if you loose it, you have lost the clip and C.A.T.S – so try to protect it (see above in Shop Around!)
- Button Watch! When you are on a roll, the temptation is to forge ahead, but watch the buttons on the right as you progress. They change to the context of the game and your equipment, so if warned via the radiation or skull symbol, then use the item to avoid the danger. If you get the chance or hide to climb – take it!
- If you have other suggestions, do share them with us and your fellow gamers via the comments section below and we’ll add the best ones to this list!
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (iOS) Support
Achievements on iOS
Please note that for the achievements to work you need to have Game Center enabled and to be logged in. It is a free service with lots of great features. So if you want to track your progress and unlock them all, please make sure you have it running. If you made it active after you’ve completed something that should have rewarded you with an achievement, then the system won’t have picked it up. It will only pick them up from the point where Game Center is enabled.
General Smooth Running on iOS
As a game with lots of graphics, animations and effects, it may push your iOS device hard. To enjoy the game optimally we suggest making sure the battery is fully charged and/or the device is plugged into the mains. You can also ensure that your device has plenty of free memory by fully quitting applications you are not using, as pressing the home button to close an app does not mean it is not still running in the background. For more on closing app to free up memory see this video.
Game Speed & Sensitivity
With Android devices, when you run an app and then close it, more often than not the app is still running in the background taking up a bit of memory and processor time. If there is a lot running in the background it can seem like the game is slow and/or the sensitivity is low. You can try to fix this by killing all the apps running in the back ground that you don’t need. To do this:
- Select ‘Settings‘.
- Then select ‘Applications‘.
- Now select ‘Manage applications‘.
- Then select the ‘Running‘ tab at the top of the screen. This will then list all of the running applications.
- Simply select each one and then press ‘Force stop‘ before hitting the back button to select the next one.
- Repeat until all are closed. Now also quit Chainsaw Warrior, if it is running.
- Quit out of the Manage applications area and try running the game again. (See this video for more help.)
Google Play Licence Issues
If you get a message that the game not a valid copy and then it closes and you did buy it legitimately, then check the following:
- Check that your internet connection is working. The phone needs to check with Google Play to confirm it is valid.
- Then go to Google Play. Please then log out (if logged in) and log back in. This should refresh the cache storage of the licence so you can play without problems.
Save Game Storage
The game needs a bit of space on your phone to store the saved games. So if you have filled your phone to the brim with photos of chainsaws, then you need to clear a little space. Here is how to check:
Select ‘Settings’ then ‘SD card and phone storage’ on your phone.
Check the ‘Available space’ figure. If it is less than 1MB we suggest you free up more storage for the save files to work properly.
PC and Mac Support
Reporting an Issue
If none of these answer your problems, then email us at gtn at aurochdigital dot com and we’ll do our best to answer them. We’ve done our best to make the game work fully and be bug free, however it is inevitable that we’ll miss things. If you spot something that is a problem then you may wish to help us and your fellow gamers by reporting the bug to us so we can try to fix it.
If you are currently playing the game to access this option, quit the current game (don’t worry it will save it) using the pause menu button on the top left of the screen. There is some additional information which would be a huge help if you could gather.
- If you are using an iOS device: It helps for us to know what type of device it is (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and what version, that is a huge help. Just add this information to the email. If you don’t know then these guides will help – iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad version guide. It also helps us to know what version of the iOS operating system you are currently running. There is a guide to identifying the iOS operating system version number here.
- If you are using an Android device: It is a huge help to tell us what sort of phone or tablet it is? There is a guide to the device here. If you could also tell us what operating system the device is running too? It is below the red arrow in the link above, where it says ‘Android version’.
- If you are using a PC: It is a huge help to know what sort of PC it is and what version of Windows you are running (help to find out is here).
- If you are using a Mac, then it helps us to know the model and the version (help is here) of the operating system you are running (help is here).
- For all platforms: If you can tell us what happened in the game when the bug occurred – the more information you can give us, the easier it is to track down the problem. If you can grab a screenshot, that is a huge help too! (How to screenshot with iOS, Android, Mac or PC.)
Thanks and good luck playing the game – you’ll need it!