Card Game Review: Smash Up
If you’re looking for a simple and easy to pick up card game for 2-4 people, then look no further! Zombie Dinosaurs, Pirate Ninjas, Wizard Tricksters and Alien Robots. These are just some of the crazy combinations in the ‘shuffle-building’ card game of Smash Up. It’s a highly addictive game that will keep you wanting to play over and over trying the next crazy combination you can think of!
In Smash Up you merge 2 of the 8 faction decks together to make your deck. Each faction has a unique playstyle. For example: Zombies work entirely around their discard pile while wizards are all about card draw and having extra actions! Once you’ve selected your two factions and shuffled them together to get your deck it’s pretty straight forward; on your turn you can play one minion and one action. Your goal? Smash up locations with the most power to score points. Each location has a ‘breakpoint’ which it can withstand, once all minions at the location have power equal to or greater than the breakpoint then the location is scored. First to 15 points win!
There are a bunch of expansions for the game that simply expand on the core gameplay adding more locations and decks into the mix. Play as Grandmas, Teddy Bears, Killer Plants, Steampunks, Explorers, Ghosts, Elves, Dwarves and many many more!
The first thing I noticed when playing Smash Up is; How do we track victory points?! It’s a shame that the base game gives you no nice way to track these. We ended up using our phones with calculators, but I suppose there is always the good old-fashioned pen and paper you could use as well. After playing the game for the first time I instantly went out the next morning and bought 2 expansions for it and fortunately these came with tokens that solved this issue.
Some of you might be saying; “Sounds great, but my board game group is larger than 4 people!” Well, fear not! You could easily play a 5 or 6 player game, all you will need is an expansion. Most expansions add 4 new factions and hence 2 more players can join! You might want to bend some rules a little, for example, consider adding another location available to smash up on top of the 3 base, and maybe even enforce a turn time limit because it can get a little sluggish if people take their time.
Overall, I really rate this game! It’s an easy to pick up and play game which has simple rules that you can teach anyone. Most of the time the cards fully explain themselves and if there is still confusion there is always a rule book with specific card explanations!
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