Review: Legendary “A Marvel Deck Building Game”

Deck-building games is a fast-developing genre that is gaining increasingly more lovers around the world. You start out with a lame deck which include a few simple cards and then all alternatives are open. It’s as much as you to find the high-quality mixtures of playing cards, add them for your deck and gradually construct a “machine” that works better than different players’. It all started with Dominion, then came Thunderstone, Ascention, Nightfall… And now Legendary! But Legendary is much more than a simple deck-constructing sport. Read on to find what is different approximately it.

The sport’s storyline is quite compelling way to the Marvel license. Here are all of your preferred men: the coolest ones like Wolverine, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man and lots of more, and the terrible ones: Dr. Doom, Magneto, Loki and Red Skul. One of the evil Masterminds decided to bring horror to the metropolis, via attempting to accomplish a scheme and recruiting many villains to help him do just that. You have the difficult undertaking to forestall him through recruiting the pleasant first rate heroes accessible and preventing the villains and the Mastermind himself. However you are not on my own. Your fellow gamers are in your facet trying to do simply similar to you. Players don’t take the role of exquisite heroes. Instead heroes are available for any participant to add them to his deck from a commonplace pool. So, is that this a co-operative recreation? Up to 1 point sure. You all attempt to defeat the awful men however certainly one of you goes to do higher than others. By defeating villains or combating the Mastermind, gamers earn victory factors and at the give up of the game, the participant with the most victory points is the winner.

This is a recreation for 1-5 gamers every player beginning with the identical deck of simple Hero cards, eight S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents and four S.H.I.E.L.D. Troopers. During set-up, which by the way takes a while, you select a Mastermind to combat at random. Each Mastermind comes collectively with four Mastermind processes playing cards, positioned underneath the Mastermind on a special vicinity at the board. Then you pick out a Scheme card at random too. On the Scheme card there there are details about how the Mastermind operates which affects the way the villain deck is fashioned.

Then you get to build the villain deck which includes the following kinds of playing cards:

“Scheme twist” cards. A Scheme Twist card represents the Scheme moving ahead in the direction of victory for the evil Mastermind. Every Scheme works in a distinctive manner, with its Scheme Twists doing a selected issue associated with that Scheme. The quantity of “Scheme twist” cards in the Villain deck relies upon on the Mastermind card.
“Master Strike” playing cards. A Master Strike card represents the evil Mastermind coming all the way down to get their palms grimy and wreck the Heroes themselves. Each Mastermind card has its own precise Master Strike effect. Five of those equal playing cards are brought to the villain deck.
Villain companies. Each organization consists of 8 villains that work collectively. The wide variety of agencies introduced relies upon at the quantity of players.
Henchmen groups. Henchmen are weaker Villains in which each institution includes ten same cards. The wide variety of groups added relies upon at the wide variety of players.
Bystanders. These are innocent residents that become at the wrong vicinity, the wrong time. Villains snatch them and convey them with them. When you defeat a Villain who has captured a bystander, you get a further victory factor for rescuing the terrible guy/woman.
After the Villain deck, you construct the Hero Deck. There are fifteen specific heroes and you get to choose five of them (six when gambling with 6 gamers). For each hero there are 14 corresponding cards (1 rare, three uncommons, five of 1 commonplace, and five of any other common).

Ll decks are shuffled and placed facedown on their special reserved locations on the board. 5 cards are flipped from the Hero deck and positioned one next to the other into the five Hero Spaces in the HQ. Players shuffle their decks too and draw 6 playing cards. A starting player is chosen and gamers take turns in clockwise order.

Each player on his flip does 3 matters:

Play the pinnacle card of the Villain Deck. The villain makes a astounding look inside the city via the… Sewers!! There are five areas (places within the metropolis) through which villains circulate: Sewers, Bank, Rooftops, Streets and the Bridge. Each time a new villain enters a city area, if there’s already a person there, he gets pushed one space to the left, in the direction of the bridge. This might also motive a sequence reaction whilst a new villain appears. But be cautious, if a villain is pushed left of the bridge, which is the final fifth space on the board, he all the time escapes the town. If a positive variety of villains, depending on the selected scheme, control to escape, then evil wins and all players lose.
Play cards from their hand, the usage of them to recruit and fight. Each hero card has unique symbols and text describing his talents. A hero may also provide gold that’s used to recruit greater heroes and/or assault factors used to combat Villains. They also commonly have a superpower potential that calls for a hero of the equal hero class having performed this turn as a way to spark off it. Super powers will have many different consequences such as drawing more playing cards, including extra assault factors, getting rid of wounds or fundamental heroes and plenty more. Whenever a player defeats a villain he puts him on his non-public Victory Pile.
Discard his hand and draw six new cards
The recreation is over whilst players defeat the Mastermind four instances or if the Mastermind wins. Then players upload the victory points they earned at some point of the game.

I would not want to overextend with the rules of the game and as an example provide an explanation for what “Scheme twist” and “Master Strike” playing cards do, as those details aren’t vital to the evaluation itself. Now it is time for the real assessment:


The components of the sport are most effective a gameboard and playing cards. The gameboard is very useful with masses of room for all character organizations of cards. On the right we can see the Hero deck and Villain Deck. On the lowest of the board there may be the HQ (Headquarters) with five spaces on which heroes which are revealed from the hero deck, are located. Just above it there are the one-of-a-kind parts of the city where villains seem. On the left side there may be a space for the Mastermind and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sellers deck. On the pinnacle there are spaces for the Scheme card, the escaped villains, Wounds deck and Bystanders deck. Finally a big area for cards that get KO’d (knocked out) for the sport. These are completely eliminated from the game. The board is big and has plenty of area for the entirety, even a very helpful textbox at the top-left corner approximately a way to setup the sport consistent with the wide variety of gamers.

The art work of the board and the playing cards is excellent. The photos are unique art work, no longer found in any comedian, drawn with detail and imagination. All 14 cards of each hero, from the not unusual to the uncommon model has the identical artwork that is an trouble that some humans find not very attractive. I wasn’t a good deal afflicted by using that even though I admit that it might be a ordinarily welcomed replace to the sport if differenr variations of heroes had different art and it would make the cards more effortlessly recognizable. 8/10The gameboard!


What is there not to love in Legendary? It is deck-building, which is one of the most recent and maximum popular genres, it’s incredibly thematic and it is also unique in that it’s each cooperative (with players cooperating to conquer the Mastermind) and competitive (with players competing to earn the most victory points). This aggregate suits a lot of Marvel storylines and makes the game attractive to enthusiasts of co-op video games and gamers who like games with a unmarried winner (like me!!). Devin Low has designed this game efficiently, combining the latest traits in gaming, flavoured with the aid of characters that almost absolutely everyone is acquainted with, Marvel first-rate heroes.

The tempo of the game is honestly fast. There is usually something taking place and throughout different players turns, you may study your playing cards, making plans your subsequent turn or just watch the motion. New villains seem each flip and some of them can also trigger chain-reactions of activities via pushing one or greater villains to break out from the town.

Luck performs its little part in the game, concerning what heroes and villains could be found out and whether or not you will control to get enough heroes of a selected class to make your deck work. This is a big difference from video games like Dominion or Thunderstone in which all playing cards are available to all players to shop for. In Legendary you can simplest purchase one of the five heroes at HQ so if no person fits your schedule or they may be very highly-priced then your plans are not on time and you could do nothing approximately it. Nevertheless, strategy is the dominant element in the sport as making a decision what heroes to shop for and what villains to fight.

A little trouble with gameplay I noticed is that players that play first typically do better than gamers playing after them as they get to choose first the first-rate to be had (and low-cost) heroes which makes them having a head begin against different gamers. I ought to play many extra games to determine if statistically this hassle appears often enough to make it a actual issue. Other than that gameplay is easy and balanced and I must admit very exciting.

Another con for the sport is the quantity of time required for installation and destroy down. You have to pick out a Mastermind (OK, that’s smooth), to discover his 4 tacitic cards and pick out a Scheme. Then you should construct the Villain Deck: Add Master Strike playing cards, random Village and Henchmen agencies and Bystanders. Then select 5 Heroes. Shuffle a majority of these decks. It’s proper that set-up is not so boring as you are excited about the sport in order to observe. But what with destroy-down when the game is over? You ought to kind out all of the extraordinary playing cards, put them in piles and returned to their field. This is a somewhat dull system but I bet it could not be avoided. The randomness of the decks is what makes the gameplay so exciting. 9/10

Learning Curve:

Legendary isn’t a difficult recreation to examine, specially if you have played some other deck-building game like Dominion or Thunderstone earlier than. The most hard factor to examine before everything are the various cards of the villain deck, besides the actual villains, that is Master Strike and Scheme Twist cards and their effects or what to do while a villain escapes. In case you by no means performed a deck-building recreation earlier than matters can be a little more difficult. In any case, the nice way to train this recreation is to provide an explanation for the very fundamental regulations and analyze the rest of it even as gambling the sport. 7/10


This is a sport wherein the subject is clear wherever you look. It appears that it has been designed in a manner that players could sincerely sense that they’re searching down an evil Mastermind. There are many elements that decorate this sense inclusive of:

The areas through which villains pass are not simply spaces on the board but constitute actual places in the metropolis: the bank, the sewers, etc. These places are also drawn on the board
The truth that villains seize Bystanders is also very practical. Of direction villains have to do something really suggest to justify their role.
Masterminds have an agenta, a “Scheme”. That scheme isn’t always just written in text however also receives truely carried out the usage of “Scheme twist” playing cards. The Mastermind also would not stand aside watching the villains do all of the dirty work but he makes marvelous appearances with “Master Strike” activities.