Only the cardboard swamp and minefield look rather ordinary among such well finished pieces. Once again, I can't help drawing you back to the dials.
Admittedly, dials have become something of an in-thing in the gaming world, from Glass House's production wheels to Tzolkin 's gears and, perhaps most recently Scythe's Combat dials. But these really are the piece de la resistance. Though the pointers are made of plastic, they are solider than any others I've come across and, most important, already assembled and secured in quality machined, metal units.
The map too is an attractive production with strong, vibrant earthen colours that are echoed in the orange and brown shading of the berms.
The rules do an excellent, clear job of explaining play, but are barely more than four pages long. As you can see below, text is fairly brief, well-laid out and attractively illustrated.
Before you reveal and move your tanks, you place each tank's wooden shell in one of the square's of the tank's fire arc. In the photo above, you can see several images of how terrain affects that fire display. You then reveal your control panels and move your tanks.
So, combat boils down to a game of "guesstimate". You work out which squares your opponent's tanks can potentially enter and your shells can hit and then try to guess which ones he/she has chosen. This factor alone [reinforced by the ultimate goal of the game being to get one of your tanks into the enemy's area designated Last Line of Defense] has led me to struggle to find players among my gaming circle, both of Euro gamers and wargamers, willing to give Final Act a try.
Though the initial secret placing of terrain and tanks lends variety to each game and there is no doubt of the physical quality of the game's production, ultimately I've found reactions have uniformly been that this is a delightful product and excellent for introducing children to the fascinating world of wargaming, but with very limited appeal to an adult market.
Final Act is published by Tyto Games and can be pre-ordered on their website tytogames.com