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I want to love this game, but just cannot
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
At one time this was my number one most excited board game that I ever wanted to own.
Now, this is my number one disappointment for games I've ever bought. It's collecting dust and sits on my shelf. Don't think though it's not because we don't play it or don't try to play it, because we did. I kept pulling it off the shelf at game nights only to hear my Group of 4-6 players usually moan and groan, but I persisted. I told them it would be different this time, that we could try a different house rule or online play variation I had read about. We could get energy faster so the cards actually become usable, and we would remove many of the cards that just had useless effects.
With each play, each attempt at changing playstyles on my part to make it fun for others, each time we tried to make it better it just worsened for us.
There is little to no point in every collecting energy and buying cards, the game just doesn't last long enough for that. One of two things will happen in ever game. Everyone will roll entirely for claws and go last monster standing, and in games of 4-6 you hardly get a turn or two before people are dropping like flies just from die rolls. Or instead of claws some or everyone rolls purely for victory points, which can make the game even more boring and someone can win even faster.
I just found in the end it wasn't worth even pulling to the table anymore. Which is sad because, I LOVE the theme, the standees, the power up cards, the funny characters and powers. I love it all as its individual components, it just doesn't feel like there is a game left over in the end. You would leave everything in the box and just roll the dice until someone reaches 20 points and play the same game.
I want to like it, I want to love it again, I just don't think that will ever happen for me or our Group. I wanted to save this game so much in my collection that I even added the Power Up Expansion hoping it would fix things. Sadly it also did not help.
Great looking game, nice components, pointless parts of the game play and plays faster than setup and breakdown of it.