Are you swift? Sneaky? Ready to knock out all your opponents? Then Shadow Strike Melee could be the next game for you! A fast-paced game for 3-9, fully equipped with bluffing, combat, and energy bars, it is sure to be a hit with any groups that like a lighter style of game, but with some additional challenge in not knowing your full hand at the beginning of the game.
Let's take a closer look!
What Is It?
A light, quick combat card game (WITH NINJAS!) where you are trying to KO your opponents. You start with your 3 fight cards only facing your opponents and your 3 items cards facing you (these never change, while your fight cards do). Work to deduce what cards are in your hand, and use items to switch them out or force an opponent to play lower cards so you can beat them in battle!
Who Is It For?
I would recommend this to all ages! The game itself states ages 10+ which is a pretty good range, but it if you have some younger games (7 or 8) I think they could definitely get into this and understand it with no problem if you explain it well. It is easy to pick up, so kids can enjoy it, but it also has plenty of challenge for older audiences. At the time frame it takes, I think it is a great filler game for any group that definitely outweighs party games.
Quality of Components
Comes in a nice box, very sturdy. The rule book is small, but everything is clear and legible. I appreciate that they went with a non-standard font to avoid being boring, but that it was still clear and easy to read; it is laid out nicely as well. The cards are also good, pretty average quality, but again everything on them is clear. The card
I'd probably give this one a 2/5 out of all for difficulty. It's a tad clunky the first time or 2, but it really improves once you get the hang of it and becomes an excellent game.
Overall, I thought this was a very nifty game, with a fun theme. Like I've said, it's very simple and quick, so it works well as a filler, or at the beginning of the night. And because it's quick, it's easy to play a few round to really get the hang of it. I would really recommend this to bigger groups as well, because I think it would be a bit better with more people.
Creators - Johannes E. Benjamin III, James W. Muckell, and Josh K. Buel
Artist - Miguel Angel Perez Lopez
Publisher - Pure Fun Games
Website - http://www.purefungames.com/
BGG - boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/230810/shadow-strike-melee
*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review. *