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Smash Up, the Perfect Merger

Ninjas, aliens, and dinosaurs oh my! The player doesn’t just take control of one of these factions in Smash Up, but combining two of a possible eight factions sparks fly in the heated battle of base capturing fun. This game holds a special place in my heart for it was this game that opened my eyes to the world of board games, outside of Hasbro Gaming.

Smash Up runs with 2-4 players, but really plays best with the full four players. Players then select two factions, shuffle their decks, and draw 5 cards. Each player takes a turn placing minions and actions with the goal to conquer a base and collect Victory Points. For a quick tutorial on how to play watch this video by clicking here.

Each faction has a different play style, finding your preferred way to play will come after multiple playthroughs. However finding the two factions that work well together, that is half the challenge. Recommendations when selecting factions are that you want are ones that play on each other’s strengths, in my personal experience the two factions that I believe work best together are Robots and Zombies. However be careful as other players will quickly realize the potential threat of this combination, remember to only make the big flashy moves when you need to as any unnecessary moves may trigger other players to target you. For beginners, I recommend Dinosaurs into the mix as well. Though for players looking to get tricky I recommend looking for the Alien faction and find the Invader minion.

Overall Smash Up is a fun, easy to learn, and strategic game. Pick up your copy today, and have yourself a smashing good time.