The box containing the Munchkin Deluxe Board Game has a picture of a cartoon character with a Viking-like horned hat. He carries a chainsaw. On the box is the caption: “Kill the Monsters, Steal the Treasure, Stab Your Buddy.” This pretty well sums up the game, which the whole family can play in a friendly but cutthroat fashion.
FEATURES OF MUNCHKIN DELUXE:
- sold by and ships from Amazon.com
- gift-wrap available
- contains 168 cards, 6 player cards, game board, rules, and dice
- for 3-6 players
- ages 9 and up
- stand alone game
PROS AND CONS:
This game is similar to Munchkin 1 (the original), except there are more pieces, and a board which makes it easier for players to keep track of which level they’re on. The object is to get to level ten. All players begin at level one.
Players gain levels by defeating monsters and by obtaining certain cards. On each turn, a player will “kick open a door” which reveals a monster to fight, or a card to keep. If the monster is defeated, the player moves up a level and gets some treasure cards, which may be weapons, armor, spells, and more. There is strategy and social interaction, as players form alliances to help each other, or to foil someone else’s plans. A player may ask for help to vanquish a monster; other players may choose to help, or not. The players may be bribed with some treasure. This makes for some interesting twists: one player, off his guard, may think he is about to win; then some others gang up on him and he ends up thwarted. It’s a situation in which children may be encouraged to steal and cheat their parents– all in fun, of course.
The cards are printed with puns and jokes. The humor is PG-13; for example, one card depicts a troll reading porn. Participants will be kept laughing at the amusing and quirky witticisms.
The difficulty level here is easy-to-middle. If players have never played a Dungeons and Dragons-type game before, it may take hours to learn all the rules. There is a 6-page rulebook with which players must be familiar in order to play successfully. After a few rounds, participants will catch on. Some people may find the instructions time-consuming and frustrating. “Newbie” gamesters, especially, may find all the cards overwhelming. Buyers who need help learning the game can go to YouTube and watch Will Wheaton’s review, found by searching “Tabletop games, Munchkin.” The video is somewhat lengthy, but Wheaton explains the basics of the gameplay in the first five minutes, which makes it less daunting.
The game time varies depending on how many players there are, and how competitive they are. Backstabbing, discussing tactics, and “You’re going down!” attitudes can add to playing time. Larger groups of 5 or more may require more time, especially if expansion sets are added. This game can be played in 40 minutes, or take two hours.
WHO WILL LIKE MUNCHKIN DELUXE?
Anyone who enjoys fast-paced, easy-to-play games involving strategy will like Munchkin Deluxe. It’s laugh-inspiring to decide whom to help and whom to “do in.” It is a furious fight to see who will beat the monsters and win the game.