PC version of Ogre, the board game about cybernetic tank warfare, is out now

The PC adaptation of Steve Jackson's tabletop wargame, Ogre, rolled onto Steam this week. It's a turn-based combat game with both single player and multiplayer modes. The key units are ogres, super-powered war machines that blast through pretty much anything in their path.

In the board game, which first launched in 1977, one player controls a single ogre while the other tries to blow it apart piece by piece with infantry, tanks and missile launchers. That's an option here, but in some cases Ogres will be supported by other units, ramping up the scale of the conflict.

It all takes place on a hex-based battlefield, and you'll play ranked multiplayer games online controlling either the North American Combine or the Paneuropean Federation. You can learn the ropes in single-player missions and a tutorial mode.

I've never played the board game but it's clearly very popular: the Steam version only came about because it was a stretch goal for a new, Kickstarted version of the tabletop game. Jackson asked for $20,000 for the project—he got more than $900,000.

Ogre is $24.99/£18.99 on Steam. Check out the trailer at the top of this article plus some screens below to see if it ticks the right boxes. For what it's worth, early user reviews are mostly positive.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.