*About 20 Minutes
*Robert Dougherty & Darwin Castle
*Game App Available
Star Realms is a deck building game. The first player starts off with a hand of 3 cards and the second player starts off with a hand of 5 cards. In the middle of the play area there are 5 cards laid out that players can buy to start building their deck. Cards bought are replaced with new cards, and each card has different attack, money values, or special ship skills, and bases. Players use attack points to bring their opponents health from 50 down to zero. The first player to do so wins.
Favorite Ships/Bases And Why: I love the Stealth Needle Ship, Brain World Base, and Mech World Base. I also like blue faction cards that give you life, which is most of them.
Least Favorite Ships/Bases And Why: Any of my favorites in a different players hand, or cards that give the other player life back.
Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I sometimes wish there was a swiping mechanism so if there aren't any cards you want or to get rid of a card the other player wants you could get rid of cards.
Favorite Art Or Pieces: I don't have a favorite. But the art is nice in detail.
Strategies: I have 2 strategies depending on how cards come out and who I am playing. Then I have a general strategy that is good in every game! First strategy, buy red cards and explorers. A lot of red cards have a scrap a card from your hand ability which is a good way to get rid of vipers and scouts so only your good cards come up. Second strategy, buy green and blue cards. Green because even the cheap cards have good fight, and blue because they can add victory! General strategy, don't try to buy all 4 factions, because the odds of 2 cards of one faction coming up together and triggering bonuses is less likely. If someone has a base that hits you for one every round but isn't a outpost, it can be worth it to take out instead of taking continual damage. Don't buy money cards if you have less than like 20 life, because at that point you probably aren't going to get that card shuffled in and played before the end of the game, and it slows your deck down for your fight cards.
Final Thoughts: Taught this game to my step daughter a couple of months ago, so we have been playing it more.I like the way it plays with 2 or 3 players (if you buy 2 decks you can play it 3 player.)
7 out of 10 Stars
Favorite Ships And Why: I am a big fan of the green cards, because I love the high attack values that they have. I also love having lots of bases.
Least Favorite Ships And Why: Bots! I feel like these just end up junking up my deck. The option to scrap a card can be nice, but eventually they just take up space themselves.
Mechanics I Like And Dislike: I like that this is a deck building game, and that you can choose what you ships you want to buy and build up for. Sometimes I do get a little frustrated, because I buy stuff that works well together, but I can never get it to come out together in my hand.
Favorite Art Or Pieces: The artwork for this game is nice, but I don't really have any that stick out as a favorite.
Strategies: Buy lots of bases to protect yourself and try to collect cards in only one or two factions so that they work well together. And don't buy a whole bunch of cards that will just junk up your hand.
Final Thoughts: This is a fun two player game, and I do like it a lot. It's not my favorite, but it's small so I can take it anywhere to play and with the app, I can play by myself too.
7 out of 10 Stars