(crappy pic,I know)
The premise from the site:
A Call to FarmsRevolution is in the air. New alliances are being formed: take control of Pigs, Cows, Goats or Chickens and raise your animal army. Use the farmland to harvest resources and marshall new forces. Direct your generals and their troops to outsmart and overcome the other factions. Take control of precious resources and use your faction's special forces to gain an edge over your foes. It is a call to farms - harvest your destiny!
Livestock UprisingTM is a tactical resource management game where you harvest farmland, marshall animal armies, and battle for control of the farm.
Four armies to choose from. Cows, Goats, Chickens, and Pigs, each led by three Generals w/ names such as General Dumpling (chicken) and General Porker. About half the board is placed by random tile selection, you place your barns (your headquarters) then the rest of the board is set down randomly. This is the first strategic decision as 'resources' are based off of the tiles and bad barn placement can hurt you. Following that, you use your generals to start acquiring resources, five of which are needed in the game, grass, hay, corn, carrots, and apples. These are used to purchase troops w/ varying levels of defense and attack strength. Sacrificial Sheep (0/1), Dynamite Donkeys (1/1), Bloodthirsty Llama's (2/1), Beserker Horses(2/2), and Ornery Oxen (3/3), each unit able to harvest a higher level resource allowing you to get stronger troops etc. The higher level resources have less tiles than the lower ones so you may have to fight to get them.
Outside of the regular troops, there are 'Special Forces' that can be purchased that give the armies some unique properties. Oxen have increased defense, Goats attack, Chickens speed, and Pigs resources. Each player also gets three 'Command' cards that allow for alternative moves such as extra casualties, faster moves, extra resources, less casualties, etc. There are more cards than possible players so repetition is less likely.
Once a player feels like they have a strong enough force, they can return their generals to their barn and combine them into a 'super army' with increased speed, defense and attack capabilities. W/ no further resources able to be gathered, it then turns into a slugging match as the only way to survive is normally to form your own super army in response.
Pros: The premise of the game is fun. Sacrificial sheep, I love it. Several attacks were made w/ clucking sounds as the pieces were moooooved.
It's easy to learn and the randomness of the board and the cards make each game's strategy and placement different.
Excellent production value. Thick card stock. Good printing. Useful in-box storage. Rules and 'to print' replacement pieces available online.
Cons: The game took a LOT longer w/ four players than 60-120 min. Closer to 3 hours even accounting for learning curve. Plan for that.
The value of the 'Special Forces' is debateable. The Pig's cost are high compared to their return in Defense/Attack and resources gained. Neither the Chicken's nor Pig's special abilities carry over to the 'Super Armies' whereas the Cow's and Goat's do.
Faction colors are really dark. Somewhat difficult to differentiate in non-ideal lighting and/or for old farts w/ thick glasses (like me).
Overall 6.5/10. This probably won't be a regular play but will be good to fill an evening with the family. Honestly the most points lost was due to the excessive length of play.
Review by another player:
Here are my brief thoughts on my experience with the game tonight. These come from my personal observations along with my several years experience playtesting miniatures games.Animal Uprisings: The factions in this game are equal across the board with the exception of the command cards and special forces. The command cards offer a variety of minor modifications that can shift early and late game strategies. The special forces seem like they should offer more flavor to each faction and to help distinguish them from each other, but in reality they don't add much. Here's the breakdown: