Samurai Jack: Back to the Past Board Game Announced

Samurai Jack's run as a television series might have reached its conclusion last year, but the legend will live on via tabletops everywhere.

Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first look at Samurai Jack: Back to the Past, a new board game based on Genndy Tartakovsky’s beloved cartoon series that followed the adventures of Jack, a bold samurai warrior who was trapped in the future by the evil Aku.

Gameplay will echo the show's storylines, as 2 to 5 players will compete for the most Honor as they traverse the board, staving off various members of Aku's evil forces along the way. Allies, Weapons and Traits will all be available to players, but one mechanic was pulled directly from the most recent season's narrative, however, as players will also have to manage Jack's Sanity during their adventures.


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The game not only features the nominal time-traveling samurai himself, but a handful of other notable characters as well including Monkey Man, Max, Sir Rothchild, Ashi, and the fan favorite Scotsman. Samurai Jack: Back to the Past will retail for $34.95 when it releases this summer, and is aimed for players age 13 and up.

Airing from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network, Samurai Jack returned to conclude its story arcs on Adult Swim in 2017. The series won 8 Primetime Emmy Awards, and is available for streaming on Hulu.

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