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Great game for a great price,
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This review is from: Super Dungeon Explore (Toy)
I was expecting all kinds of problems with this due to all the reviews on quality. I have to say some of them are true, but are more than worth dealing with to play an excellent game. :)
First the good:
-The game is the Second Edition, where they clarified several of the rules in the rulebook, and now includes an assembly guide for the figures.
-The game is super fun. Reminiscent of Gauntlet (kinda) and other dungeon romp video games, it feels fast, and the play style can give a sense of urgency, even though its just a board game. We've played it several times now and it only gets better.
-The quality and detail of the figures is higher than expected, and have been a pleasure to paint (although you can easily play with them unpainted).
-The cards, counters and boards printing is high quality. They used a good quality ink, and they smell good too! :)
-The dice included are very good quality and will stand up to the heavy playing they'll see.
-There is a growing group of active players online and in many communities. There is even several groups of players who are making their own boards which are very cool looking. Some are even making them to sell to others. Very cool.
Now the Bad:
-The rules are VERY front heavy, meaining you pretty much have to know all the rules up front to play. This could mean a very frustrating first game (or two). By the end of the first game, my group of 6 people were confused and dazed, but understood it better, and wanted to play again. I'd advise (if you can swing it) the first game or two just play three player with some of your more understanding friends. Once you have a handle on it, bring everyone else in.
-The boards are cardboard and have started to warp on the edges. Not enough to prevent you from playing, but just enough it could be annoying. This is a common complaint about this product, so there's a good chance it will effect most everyone.
-The counters in my set, while good quality, did not have their pictures centered on the cuts on one side, so the pictures are not aligned at all on one side.
-The dragon model is fairly difficult to put together. Several people are heating up the plastic (run hot water over it) to slightly bend it to make assembly easier (check the internet for instructions how to do it before you try it). I was able to assemble it without doing that, not really that bad, but a little tricky.
-If you plan on painting the figures, there is cleanup to do on almost every model to remove the mold lines. It will take several hours. Also, the plastic is such that it doesn't hold acrylic paint very well, and I found myself accidentally rubbing it off with normal handling during painting. They definitely need a varnish coat to protect the paint when you're done.
Now the Other:
-Assembly of the figures is required and can take an hour or two. This may or may not be bad (I enjoyed it). I used Gorilla Glue (a type of crazy glue) and it did an excellent job.
-The dragon's wings are susceptible to snapping off very easily, a problem with pretty much every dragon figurine from every game I've ever seen. Be careful.
-The figures come unpainted. This is good or bad. Good that you won't have to put up with mass market crappy paint jobs, bad if you wanted them pre-painted.
All in all, if you can get through assembly and one or two quirks of printing, this is a very fun game. A hobby to be sure.