Big-Time Card Game Battles in – Smash Up
Just looking at the Smash Up box you can see that it’s a total mish-mash of game play – combining Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Pirates, Wizards, Robots, Tricksters, and Zombies into a single game. Every faction has it’s unique and powerful abilities to wreak havoc with. And if that weren’t enough, each player takes two factions and shuffles them together into a single deck. Figuring out how to harness the combined powers of your two factions is what Smash Up is all about.
Check out Jaden’s review of this crazy new card game – Smash Up.
Can the whole family enjoy Smash Up?
As Jaden shows in his card game video review, once the Minions start landing on bases and special Actions are played to move Minions around and change things up, there’s a lot going on to keep track of. And players typically have a number of choices to consider. So for a theme that sounds pretty wacky and fun, there’s a lot of thinking involved.
Lots of Replay Value
For example, Aliens are great at abducting other players’ minions and removing them from bases. Ninjas are great at sneaking their minions onto a base just as it’s being scored. Dinosaurs have a lot of power. Pirates can move amongst the bases easily. And those pesky Zombies just won’t go away.It’s enough to keep us wanting to play some more – a great feature in any kind of card game or board game.
(And the artwork on the cards is fantastic too – great stuff!)
More Smashing to Come
From the moment we opened the game box, we could easily see that AEG plans to publish a lot more faction card decks as game expansions to add to Smash Up. Take a look at the photo showing what comes in the box to see for yourself. In fact as soon as I lifted the box I wondered why it felt so light. Lifting the lid dispelled the mystery.
Be ready for slow play
The only caveat with Smash Up that we offer is one we eluded to earlier – that there’s a lot of reading and calculating involved. Most games take longer to play the first time you play them. It’s just the nature of learning the rules of the game. However, with Smash Up, the rules of the game are very simple and easy to remember. The issue is in needing to read every card that comes up to figure out how it can affect the game.
It’s a card game with a lot of reaction, so just be ready for it and take it all in stride. Don’t take it too seriously or overthink it too much or you’ll be at the table for a much longer time than you expect. Just have fun.
How does Smash Up score on the ”Let’s Play Again” game meter?
If you can’t already tell from the review, Smash Up scores high on our “Let’s play again” game meter. In addition to wanting to explore all the different combo abilities between factions, playing more frequently also speeds up the game play as players become more familiar with the cards.
Thanks AEG for another fun card game!
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