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Review: Munchkin X-Men Edition

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May 20 2017
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Munchkin and the famous mutants team up in this fast and fun card game.

In Munchkin: X-Men Edition, players take on the role of young mutants enrolled at Xavier’s School of Gifted Youngsters, starting at Level 1, and work their way up to Level 10 to graduate at the head of their class. Players gain levels by defeating iconic Marvel villains, recruiting Allies such as Wolverine, declaring an X-Affiliation, and using special Powers and Items like Silver Samurai’s Katana.

Munchkin X-Men Edition – $19.95

The Basics:

  • Ages 10+
  • 3-4 Players
  • Average play time is about 45-60 minutes

In the Box:

  • 4 Role Cards
  • 128 Cards
  • 4 Plastic Level Trackers
  • 1 Custom Die
  • Instructions

Gameplay:

This edition plays like the classic – it exchanges curses for traps. Start the game by dividing the cards into Door and Treasure decks, deal four of each kind to players, and deal one random role card to each player. Each turn consists of 3 phases: kick open the door, look for trouble/loot the room, and charity. Looking for Trouble allows a player to use a monster card and fight it; Looting the Room allows a player to draw a new card from the Door Deck. There are separate rules on how to handle monsters and traps in the instructions – the cards help with that. In the Charity phase players have to give their excess cards to the person with the lowest score until they have 5 or less in their hand.

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Each player has a character card that gives them an affiliation, and special abilities that will help them fight monsters. Players level up during the game using these cards.  The first to reach Level 10 wins.

If you like the chaotic and fun play of Munchkin, and like the X-Men universe, this one is a no-brainer. The X-Men theme has been expertly applied to the game, and the art is spot on. It’s a great addition to any player’s Munchkin collection. The instruction booklet also provides info on how to add this set to others you own – like Munchkin: The Marvel Edition – to max your games.

For the rare person that’s never played Munchkin: the instructions are very through and easy to pick up for first timers. It’s a fun, light card game that’s a great choice for board game night, or playing a fast game at a coffee shop with friends. It’s also a great family game for older elementary school kiddos – get them into playing tabletop games with the great comic book art and characters they love.

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