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A fantastic solitaire experience,
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This review is from: Mage Knight Board Game (Toy)
While I love to game with my mates, I am always on the look out for a good, solid solitaire game. Most solitaire experiences end up falling a bit flat. Either the solitaire mode feels pasted on or. lacking the social element. the games don't give an enriching experience.
Mage Knight succeeds where many other solitaire games fail.
First off, this is a complex game. I mean really complex. The rulebooks are pretty good and contain a walk through but I wouldn't be anywhere near understanding this game had it not been for some very good videos at boardgamegeek and youtube.
The game is a combination of deck building, card playing, exploration and stats with dice rolling. You play one of four characters (five with the Mage Knight Lost Legion Expansion expansion) and your goal is to defeat monsters in dungeons, keeps, mage towers, lairs and those that roam the land. By doing this you gain spells, skills, followers and stats. There is shockingly little luck in this game and success or failure isn't usually up to random elements.
You'll need a fair bit of table space to play this and it's not a game you'll want to leave set up. You'll have a dozen stacks of counters, cards and the like as well as other bits to spread out. The map can get pretty large but is usually limited by the scenario.
All in all, if you are looking for a very robust solitaire game with a fantasy theme that can also be played multiplayer and if you like fantasy then you can't go wrong with Mage Knight. Just beware that the learning curve is rather steep, even for a seasoned gamer. There are numerous resources out there to help you not only learn the game but become a better player as well. This is a highly recommended beefy game.