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In 2018, Awaken Realms released the board game Nemesis. Inspired by the Extraterrestrial franchise, Nemesis sees players take on the role of crew members on an alien-infested spaceship trying to survive. The game quickly became a modern classic thanks to its high production value, beautiful miniatures, and thematic gameplay. Four years later, Awaken Realms created a standalone expansion for the game, Nemesis: containment. It retained the suspenseful gameplay of the original while taking players to a new location and adding many new mechanics.

A few days ago Nemesis: containment has been released in Early Access as a digital board game. The objective of Nemesis: containment is to complete one of two objectives that each player receives at the start of the game. Each has different goals, one personal and one given by a shadow society, and no one knows what the other players’ goals are. After completing their objectives, each player has two characters to choose from. After that, the game begins with players exploring a secret multi-level facility on Mars while avoiding making too much noise and attracting aliens.

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What makes that Nemesis unique games is the way goals don’t necessarily lead to cooperation. Whereas Nemesis is apparently a cooperative game where everyone tries to survive and escape, the only path to real victory is to complete an objective. It leads to Nemesis act similar to a social deduction game like Among us. However, instead of having dedicated teams, Nemesis keeps betrayals organic and random. A player may suspect that someone is out to get them, but that doesn’t mean they actually are.

The video game version of Nemesis: containment retains the same gameplay and mechanics as its tabletop counterpart, but also provides graphical detail and immersion simply not possible in a board game. The game is beautiful. Rooms and interactive objects are fully detailed, and each character pawn is fully animated and programmed to move realistically. The graphics do Nemesis: containment looks less like a digital adaptation of a board game and more like a turn-based strategy game. Aside from the visuals, one of the best features of Nemesis: containment is the event log that keeps track of every action players take and what happens during endgame events.

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The digital adaptation of Nemesis: containment is not, however, without flaws. Due to its early access status, there is no in-game tutorial to speak of yet, and while there are tutorial videos available, the game is much easier for players who already know what theyre doing. There are very few tooltips or explanations of what the characters, objects, or interactables actually do, which makes learning the game while playing even more difficult. Thankfully, the developers said they are working on including an in-game tutorial and more tooltips as their first priority.

Nemesis: containment is easily one of the most impressive digital adaptations of a board game. It puts other digital board games to shame with its level of quality, perfectly encapsulating the details and polishing the board game. For anyone interested in playing Nemesis: containment, but can’t afford to drop $150 for the physical version, the digital adaptation offers a chance to experience this amazing game. Just be sure to learn how to play first, otherwise its complexity will cause a lot of confusion and frustration.

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