You need to strike a fine balance when it comes to horror strategy games in that you need to make them interesting but not too overcomplicated to lose the casual player.
Mansions of Madness is very much designed for expert gamers but isn’t too complex, meaning that after one game a novice (such as myself) can pick it up quite easily.
For the main pack, there are four scenarios to play out, each with a differing difficulty, game play time and characters that it uses.
It may seem daunting when the scenario says that you will be playing for 3 to 4 hours, but once you get into it, time will just drift away.
Using an interactive app, the game navigates you through the aforementioned narrative, whilst throwing curveballs such as winged beasts, cult members and killer fish people at you as you try to solve the mystery in question.
If you make it out of the story alive and with all of your marbles (insanity is a punishment in this game) you will have done extremely well.
With plenty of expansions still to explore, Mansions of Madness more than justifies its high price with plenty to gamers happy for months on end.
Mansions of Madness is available now from Fantasy Flight Games.