UBOOT: The Board Game is a fully-cooperative game that recreates the action on board a German Type VIIC submarine. Each player takes on the role of one of the boat’s chief officers: captain, first officer, navigator, or chief engineer. Players use the crewmen under their command in a worker-placement style on the game’s 3D game board. The action is controlled through the game’s companion app, which will be available for download on iOS, Android, and PC. The app handles much of the game’s book-keeping, as well as representing the various equipment on-board the U-boat, including the periscope, ENIGMA machine, and hydrophone. The app also runs the AI, which controls the adversaries that the players will confront during their missions.
Phalanx is funding the production of UBOOT: The Board Game through a Kickstarter campaign that has attracted $782,653 in pledged support from 7,540 backers (an average of $103.80 per backer) with just under three days remaining. Backer fulfillment is scheduled to begin in December, with release into the trade to follow.
Ares Games has been handling the distribution of Phalanx titles in English outside of Europe, including North America, since the middle of last year (see “Ares Joins Forces with Phalanx for U.S. Distribution”).