Updated: Apr 12, 2019
Designer: Andrew Wolf
Player Count: 2-4
Age Appropriateness: 10+
Playtime: 60-90 Minutes
Once again we have my favorite IP of all time which is Marvel. The thematic experience begins with a furious Thanos grimacing on the cover of the box, which has massly been produced as a meme that involves Antman going up his lower region entrance and expanding once inside to defeat this mass murderer. In all seriousness, I highly enjoy all the artwork that Marvel brought to this board game as it really enhances the theme of the game. This theme in the game is brought to life when creating a team with characters portrayed from the MCU in all different fashions. Obviously, if you enjoy the comics or the movies you will definitely enjoy the theme for this game. I, for one, gathered much happiness whenever my group is able to defeat the Mad Titan.
"Thanos Rising is a cooperative dice and card game for 2-4 players. In the game, players recruit heroes and assemble a team to face off against Thanos and his villainous forces in an effort to stop him from accomplishing his master plan: Collecting all six Infinity Stones to power the Infinity Gauntlet and wreak havoc on the very fabric of reality. Building upon the strengths of the characters on their team, as well as other players, winning requires critical thinking and communication to reach a common goal." Players win by defeating seven villains before Thanos either obtains all six infinity stones or kills ten heroes.
What We Think
Gameplay & Rules
I absolutely adore this game, and I am not too keen on cooperative games. However, I enjoy this game so much that I have played matches involving every group number size, and on top of that I have played solo mode (just me playing as if I had other players/not an actual variant) for every group size as well! There are different variant levels of difficulties that include adding the number of villains needed to be killed and decreasing the number of heroes required for the Thanos/villains to kill. I have found that gameplay is much easier depending on the player count. I feel like the more players there are, Thanos has more time to do damage to everyone and obtain infinity stones. Also it is helpful to have players that are willing to work well as a team and not just try to solo the big fella by themselves. Players that spend time healing other teammates and not just themselves, strategically gathering heroes that benefit their teams, use bonus tokens for others and not just themselves, and working together to clear villains and not focusing purely on obtaining powerful heroes with just four starting dice would be the qualities of a good team composition to defeat Thanos. I think this game offers great amounts of replayability. Some people may argue that the stack of cards is limited and that you will see the same villains and heroes each playthrough. I do agree you will see a lot of the same heroes, but the way teams compositions are constructed will most likely be different in some way almost every playthrough. Also there a few promo cards out there that will really spice up your game! Be sure to contact USAopoly on how to obtain these cards! As for negatives, there is one thing that I have noticed in almost every game I played, which is that there are not enough plastic red damage tokens. I’m was always running out if I was playing with all four heroes. Once your teams get big enough, damage can start to pile up everywhere around the board. However, to remedy this, you can use one red damage cube to track the health by starting at the top and just dropping down one cube each time the card is damaged. This will allow more damage tokens to be available to everyone and should solve the problem of running out of them.
Components & Art
The cover art of the box, even though I joke about it, is still one of my favorite box covers in my collection. The art itself is straight from the MCU so if you enjoy this movie you will get extra entertainment playing as the actual actors as well. The components are all of great quality with my favorite being the dice. I am some what of a dice collector, and all of these dice are engraved with great quality and have a nice weight to them. You have one circular board that has a picture of the infinity gauntlet with colored spaces for each Infinity Stone. Along the outside edges of this board sits circular pads within the larger Infinity Gauntlet circle with each different infinity stone on top of them. The other board is hexagon shaped and houses a pretty large Thanos plastic mini in the middle. That board is broken into 3 different sectors with a total of 9 game cards set around the outside edges. The cards are created with the art from the MCU, which for me entertained me before I even started the game by flipping through to see what and who were all available. Even though the gems draw you closer to defeat, it is still pretty awesome whenever Thanos obtains one of the stones to place in the infinity gauntlet. I am a big fan of the organization of the inside of the box. The box is brandished with some spot UV parts on the cover and a wonderful insert inside that holds everything perfectly. USAopoly really did an outstanding job on the overall production of the components and box with this one. All of the art from Marvel will be much appreciated from MCU fans as well. The only negative in regards to components would be the issue with the red damage cubes, but an easy solution was discussed earlier in the post.
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Thanos Rising gets a 3/3 from us. I would recommend this game, especially for all Marvel lovers, but also for board gamers in general. This game could be a great gateway to bridge a Marvel fan who is not keen on board games or new to the tabletop world. It's not often you get to build a team to thwart the Mad Titan before he snaps his fingers. All I ask is that you aim for his head, unlike Thor did with his new god killer weapon Stormbreaker. I would also have no problem paying for it at it's current price point or pulling it out of the closet on the regular to play! Cooperative board games are not my go to type of board games, but Thanos Rising is one I could play and enjoy whenever it is called upon. Please remember, just because we like the game does not mean YOU will since not every game is for everyone. However, this dice chunking, card drafting, cooperative game will be blast for any game night!
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