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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
First saw this game on Table Top (You Tube with Will Weaton). It's great fun and very easy to explain to new players. Mixing the decks really adds a good amount of re-playability.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong strategy behind shallow facade
Comicbook style pugilism is at the heart of Smash Up, which is termed a "shufflebuilding" game.

The premise is simple, 2-4 players choose two of eight faction decks comprised of about 20 cards, shuffle them together and then off you go. The decks themselves represent entities such as "Pirates", "Wizards", "Dinosaurs" etc, each having a particular style or...
Published on 22 Nov 2012 by Toby Frith


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong strategy behind shallow facade, 22 Nov 2012
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Toby Frith (Tunbridge Wells) - See all my reviews
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Smash Up Card Game (Toy)
Comicbook style pugilism is at the heart of Smash Up, which is termed a "shufflebuilding" game.

The premise is simple, 2-4 players choose two of eight faction decks comprised of about 20 cards, shuffle them together and then off you go. The decks themselves represent entities such as "Pirates", "Wizards", "Dinosaurs" etc, each having a particular style or effect, with the replay value coming from the fact that there are a number of different possibilities, meaning that each time you play, you'll need to calibrate your strategy and tactics according to the faction's strengths and weaknesses.

Each deck is made up of minions and actions and you can play one of each per turn. In general minions will have a power value (up to 7) and have a unique ability that they can use at certain points of the game. Actions are usually one off events, although some factions have events that can be ongoing throughout the game.

The purpose of the game is to win 15 victory points - these can be won by laying minion cards at "bases, of which 4 are always present. Each base has what is termed a "breakpoint" and the first player to lay enough minions at a base to match that value is deemed to have won the points. However, points are also given to players who come 2nd and 3rd as well. Furthermore, some bases give more points to 2nd place than 1st place. Smash Up is essentially a bidding game, but one where you can find your bids removed or reduced significantly, just as you can affect other players too. Those who don't like direct confrontation may do well to avoid this game.

Smash Up's flavour and longevity comes from the unique abilities that each faction has and the combinations that you can make with mixing them up. For example, Dinosaurs are very powerful but lack subtlety. Compare them with the Ninjas, who rely on stealth and illusion or the Zombies, who just keep on returning from the grave to haunt you again and again. Although it looks like a simple game, there is actually a fair amount of deep strategy involved, especially as you can find that putting all your eggs in one basket to secure a base can often be wiped out in an instant (damn you Pirates!). The various abilities that the action and minion cards are fun to use too.

This is a fast game that shouldn't take more than one game or a few turns to properly grasp, and once you've got going, should take 30-45 minutes to play at the most. It has enormous potential for expansion and at the time of writing the manufacturers have announced plans for up to 22 more factions, which they've helpfully catered for by providing enough capacity in the box you get with the game. My only misgiving with it is that at first it's quite a slow game and it takes a while for things to really heat up. New players in my experience are a little unsure of the mechanism and strategy, especially if they're unfamiliar with a faction's weaknesses and strengths. However, as a fun, fast "filler" game it's recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gIft for teenage card game fan, 21 Jan 2014
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Bought for a teenager who has played card games in the past - quick to pick up, although it rewards strategic play. Seems to meto be a game that improves with the number of players increasing as there's more scope for backstabbing :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, 22 Nov 2013
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First saw this game on Table Top (You Tube with Will Weaton). It's great fun and very easy to explain to new players. Mixing the decks really adds a good amount of re-playability.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its a good game, 10 Jun 2014
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A good game but you really need at least one expansion even if just for the variety and vp tokens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for 4 people, 4 May 2014
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Got this based on a few youtube videos I saw and was not disappointed, its absolutely rocked at 2 games nights so far and everyone loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cards games, you have to love Smash Up, 6 Jan 2014
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This is a really funny game. Easy to play, nice illustrations. It has expansions to make it funnier.
I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game, 20 Sep 2013
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Have taken this along to a local gaming group several times, it's easy to pick up and teach and plays reasonably quickly (average of about 30 - 45 minutes or so for a game, depending on the players)
Great fun, lots of different Smash-Up combinations which can be expanded upon with the expansions.
I've sleeved my cards for protection, I used B002K8I50W to sleeve my cards. They were inexpensive and the cards still fit nicely in the box slots.
Looking forward to getting my hands on the expansion(s) in the future. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Deep, 20 Aug 2013
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What looks like an almost empty box soon becomes a surprisingly tactical and interesting game. Played it with 2 friends and we loved it! Now I need the expansion pack!
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES !, 23 Jun 2013
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hours of fun love it to bits, came quickly and cant wait to get the expansion asap, all in all a wounderful buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good game once the rules are understood, 2 Dec 2014
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Once you get your head around the rules, it's such a fun game to play and recommend it to anyone who likes strategy card games and with the different characters, it's added entertainment
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