Smash Up Game
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- For 2-4 players
- Takes about an hour to play
- "Shufflebuilding" card game
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From the manufacturer
Card game Awesomeness! Will your Pirate-Aliens defeat the Ninja-Zombies?
Smash Up lets you combine amazing factions into unique decks to defeat any opponent you face.
Smash Up gives you a literally insane number of ways to play. Even without the Cthulhu set.
Choose two factions, such as Wizards and Robots, and combine them into a unique pair. Each pairing brings different strategies to defeat your opponents! Wizard-Robots will play differently than Wizard-Ninja.
A Ton of Fun in a Single Box!
Smash Up comes with 8 factions to combine in countless ways, including Ninja, Pirates, Zombies, Robots, Tricksters, Dinosaurs (with lasers), Aliens, and Wizards. Each brings their own unique abilities.
But Why Stop There?
Smash Up has many modular expansions to add all-new strategies with factions like Ghosts, Super Spies, Princesses, Werewolves, Bear Cavalry, Steampunks, Vampires, Apes, and more!
Smash Up is AEG’s best-selling, super fun flagship game.
Smash Up, designed by Paul Peterson, is the Shufflebuilding game from Alderac Entertainment Group. In Smash Up players draft two faction decks, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine them into a force to be reckoned with!
When the game begins, players take turns drafting one of several faction decks.
Once each player has two decks, they shuffle them together, combining their distinct abilities into a unique 40-card deck.
A random selection of Base cards are dealt to the table, and players use their decks to attempt to have the most power on a base when it is scored.
It may sound simple, but how simple is it when the Zombie-Ninja deck Assassinates your minions then creates an Outbreak, loading the Base with minions from their discard pile?
Or when the Pirate-Dinosaurs Full Sail onto the base with the mighty King Rex, whose massive power dwarfs that of other minions?
Each combination gives a different experience, Pirate-Aliens play very different than Pirate-Zombies, and with 8 factions in the base set there are 64 combinations to try out and every expansion set increases the options exponentially!
The Shufflebuilding Game of Total Awesomeness! What do pirates, ninjas, robots, zombies, aliens, wizards, tricksters, and dinosaurs have in common? They’re all trying to take over the world! But they can’t do it alone, so they’re teaming up. Every combo brings a different experience in this fast-paced shufflebuilding game. Take two 20-card decks, smash them together, and then rock your opponents’ faces! Each faction has a different style: pirates move cards, zombies come back from the discard pile, dinosaurs are just freaking huge. Each pairing creates different gameplay. And each game is a different throw-down! Is Smash Up a game you can live without? Not if you’re awesome. Choose a side. Choose two! And start the carnage! Features: Easy Gameplay Tons of strategy Dozens of deck combinations, making the replay value immensely high! Features 8 different factions, including dinosaurs with lasers!
From the Manufacturer
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?
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Here's the kicker. The first day I got a chance to play with my buddies, we managed to drop a card from the Steampunks set onto the floor. Well, my wonderful dog being the Shiba Inu she is, decided she was going to chew up and destroy that card. Being the anal person that I am, I could not be short a single card in my set! I contacted Alderac about possibly purchasing a replacement card. The next day they replied saying "We would be happy to replace your card, please email us your address". Well guess what? Three days later I have a replacement card in a sleeve in a padded envelope. Great customer service Alderac. I will recommend your games to everyone I see.
I have really enjoyed this game. I've played around 30 matches, half 2-player and the other half with 3-4 players. I'm in my late 20's and have been playing with friends around the same age. I've taught this game to around 10 different people. Most of them have enjoyed it quite a bit. I think this game fits in well with my group of friends because we like a bit of competition without getting too serious. The game time usually is around 30-45 mins with my group (although I hear it can go much faster) which is allows for people to lose without feeling like they've wasted their time. Playing a series of 3-5 matches can be really fun. This game has plenty of replay value because of the different ways to match up decks, although I have already bought two expansions and would recommend buying at least one if you enjoy this game so you are less likely to have to reply matchups. This is even more important if you play 4 player matchups
That being said, I think 2-player matches are fun but can result in stalemates with certain matchups. Once you've played a bit you'll notice that 2 player and 3 or 4 player experiences different quite a bit. Each start to have their own meta and strategies. Also, you'll get to know which factions play well and counter other factions. In groups I've played with before, we've started picking our decks, whereas with new people we usually draw random decks. The complexity of the game really grows the more you play, especially if you add an expansion or two. On the downside there are some factions that just seem more powerful than other. Zombies instance seem really powerful, however there are still some counters to them.
Outside of the game play I can think of a few more points. The directions are fairly well written, there is a nice summary of the flow of how game round is played out. There are also the more complex rules laid out, even having a definition section to make sure meaning is clear behind certain words. I can say the artwork is pretty decent. Nothing great, but it has a pretty consistent style. The box contains room for all the deck and room for about 2 expansion sets. The chips for keeping score are nothing to brag about, just cardboard tokens. But there are more than enough for any match with more to spare. Also you can easily replace the tokens by just keeping track on paper.
• Short games 30-45mins (could be faster if people were familiar with the game and the factions they played)
• Replay value, especially with expansions
• Interesting and unique play style for different factions
• Quick setup
• Easy to learn the basics
• It’s just plain fun
• Some balancing issues but they can be worked around an you likely won’t even notice until you’ve played around 10 games.
The Starting factions in this game (Zombies, Robots, Wizards, Ninjas, Pirates, Dinosaurs, Aliens, and Tricksters) each offer a unique play-style that meshes very well with most of the others, but not all of them. There is also the issue that certain combinations are very potent and can even be game-breaking at times, but that usually happens only when the card draws of said combo are phenomenal.
The art is very well done and strikingly different from faction to faction, from the hazy environments of the Tricksters to the hard lines of the Robots. Each faction also has a unique card border and symbol on the bottom-right of the cards, making separating them and storing them back in the box far easier. The titles of the cards are also wonderfully hilarious spoofs of various pop culture icons, from TV shows to books to movies and everything in-between.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone interested even a little bit in fantasy or sci-fi pop culture, but would recommend holding off on buying any expansions until they become familiar with how to play the game.