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Marvel Dice Masters: Age Of Ultron Review

Marvel Dice Masters- Age of Ultron Starter Set Marvel Dice Masters- Age of Ultron Gravity Feed

Dice Masters continues to thrive with its latest expansion “Age of Ultron.”

Of all the board, card, and dice games on the market, nothing has proven to be as addicting as WizKid’s Dice Masters. Designed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang and based off of their game “Quarriors,” Dice Masters is a collectible dice building game/combat game in which players must reduce their opponent’s health from 20 to 0. While the gameplay is deceptively simple, Dice Masters offers up a seemingly endless amount of strategies, team building options, card combos, and, yes, fun. The options, strategies, combos, and fun only blossom with each new expansion release which causes the game to remain fresh and exciting. With the latest release (“Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron”), gamers are able to obtain fan favorite characters and hotly anticipated new ones. So, what all is in this new set, you ask? Read on to find out!

Let’s start off with what’s in the new starter pack. Now, some fans who have bought the past 2 Marvel Dice Masters starter sets may be disappointed that Ultron is the only new character in the set, but the thematic approach of the starter is undeniably cool. It’s just fun to see Black Widow, Vision, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor (female version) and Hawkeye packaged together. Plus, it’s not like you aren’t getting new content here. There are brand new dice and 3 new cards for each character. Also, you get 10 new action cards such as Enslavement (which allows the player to KO up to 2 target sidekicks and possibly deal 1 damage to your opponent for each KO’d sidekick) and “The Oppression Begins” (which reads: KO all character dice with a fielding cost of 0. If * or ** is on the action die, the KO’d characters go to the used pile instead of the prep area).

It’s no secret that the most exciting character inclusions come in the $.99 expansion packs (each of which come with 2 dice and 2 cards) and or the gravity feeds. At long last, players can now get much anticipated characters like Groot, Thanos (who is a whopping 9/9), Daredevil, Jocasta, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, and many more. Also introduced in this set are the rare Marvel Zombies which includes the characters Electro, Gladiator, Magneto and Red Skull. I have yet to get a Marvel Zombie character so I can’t comment on them or how they play, but I have heard intriguing things to be sure.

But wait, there’s more! Two new components have been introduced in this set titled Teamwatch and Teamwork. Teamwatch states that when you field a character who shares an affiliation with a character, a special ability activiates.  Likewise, Teamwork (which appears to only be on 3 action cards) enables a special ability with another affiliated character. For the record, the affiliations in this particular set are Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Villains, X-Men, Zombies, and S.H.I.E.L.D.

As I mentioned above, this fast paced game just hits all the right notes. Not only does it have tremendous replay value, but it presents gamers with so many options. It’s fun to just create teams and make adjustments to your team in order to counter opponents. Now, I know some gamers out there scoff at collectible games in general, but you’re really missing out here if you aren’t playing Dice Masters. Additionally, it must be said that anyone who loves the Marvel and DC universes will be in game heaven if they play Dice Masters. Not only do you get pit beloved heroes vs. villains, but you can even pit heroes vs. heroes! It’s especially fun to have a thematic battle such as X-Men vs. the Brotherhood of Mutants.

So, to summarize, gamers have the option of picking up the “Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron” starter set (which goes for $19.99), booster packs ($.99 a piece), a gravity feed (anywhere from $62-$89), and a collector box (ranging from $18-$25). If Marvel isn’t your thing, there are DC, Dungeons & Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh! and soon to be TMNT Dice Masters as well. All of these games are fully compatible with one another.

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July 31, 2015 - Posted by | Game Review | , , , ,

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