So given that we at Wood Planet Gaming Lodge have touched upon this so-called “Dystopian” universe before, it felt only right to come back to visit the aftermath of the world introduced last time around. After all, we just can’t get enough backstabbing around these parts, and lying through our teeth is quickly becoming a game day past-time!
But first… let’s get the book-keeping part of this review out of the way.
Coup is a multiplayer card-game where each player is a power-grabbing royal in a cut-throat world of lies and betrayal run by multi-national corporations (a real stretch of the imagination these days, I know…). Every player commands a “court” of two powerful political figures, both of whom offers a unique set of abilities ranging from thievery, bribery, even so far as assassinations.
However, these courts are all kept in secret. Players have no idea which nobles their opponents have under their thumb. Meaning, players can… and will… lie and cheat their way to riches and power.
But is it any good? Or is this little power trip a fantasy best left in the Budget Bucket of Corporate Doom?
I should probably preface this entire review by saying I’m a really big fan of the Uncharted series on the Playstation console. I mean, I’m perfectly capable of saying when the series has faults (Uncharted 3, I’m looking at you). But still, a love is a love, and I have to profess it for this video-game series if we want full disclosure.
So when I saw they made a board game about this series, my first reaction was… well… honestly, pretty horrific. I’m a realist. A big video-game license, made into a board game? Yeah. I think I’ve heard that one before. That sounds like a quick cash-in if ever there was one, doesn’t it?
Well, then, what about Uncharted: Board Game? Does it even have a chance to be good? Or should this thing just be left in the Budget Bucket to rot?
Let’s find out!
Every so often there’s some form of tabletop game released based on a movie, or movie franchise. For example we’ve seen some great ones released over the years based on the Star Wars series. However, what I find most interesting is when films that you wouldn’t think warrant a game have one released such as the Iron Sky board game from Revision Games, and Devious Devices’ forthcoming Sharknado board game. While I’ve never played the Iron Sky game, or even heard of the Sharknado one until yesterday, I do find the idea of their existence curiously interesting. Most would agree that the films aren’t award winning quality. However, I personal found them entertaining and an enjoyable watching experience. Bring on Iron Sky: The Coming Race and Sharknado 4!
If we wanted to boil down Welcome to the Dungeon to its simplest form and end the review in just one sentence, all I would have to say is that it’s the most colorful, card-like game of chicken I’ve ever played. But that would be a boring review, so I’m going to be a bit more wordy than that.
Welcome to the Dungeon is a card-based press-your-luck game by Masato Uesugi and excellently illustrated by Paul Mafayon. If I had to quickly draw a comparison, I would say it’s like Zombie Dice with dungeon-diving and cards. But that would be doing this game a bit of a disservice.
Zombie Dice is fun. But we’re not talking about that game. We’re talking Welcome to the Dungeon. So, is this game any good, or should it be left in the Budget Bucket?