The "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience.
During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent's Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases - flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once?!?
When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time.
With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents?
And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?
A greak game for all the geeks and gamers out there Review by Adam
The basic idea of this card game is that you take 2 pop-culture icons, eg zombies and aliens, smash them together and play a card game. Its not a deck building game beyond picking your 2 factions. If you want a deck building game go check out the DC card game. The game scales up for larger groups of players really well and is lots of funs in a group of 4-5. Magic the Gathering players will love this game and it does come with the cost or frustration of mana screw. The starter box is cheap and fun as a stand alone game. If you love it you will be addicted to getting all the expansions, if you like it you need not go further than the basic box. The age recommendation of 12+ is probably about right. I've been playing this game for years and am still loving it. (Posted on 1/06/15)
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