One small issue with the game for some will be that there is no means within the game components to keep score. Ideally, some type of device for that would have been included. But the players will need to use tokens, dice or pen and paper.
When one player reaches 15 points, the game ends. Most games will be completed in 45 minutes or less. The more players, the longer the game time.
This is one of the most enjoyable games I have played in the past year. There are far more options available than a game this simple normally includes. The artwork allows younger players to take part as there is very little violence included and even the zombies are somewhat wholesome.
The format lends itself to expansions. Todd Rowland, Senior Brand Manager for AEG, revealed that the first expansion will be four new factions and will be released in December or January. Included in those factions will be bears, ghosts and plants.
Smash Up was just that at GenCon and the game’s variety, simplicity and fun factor should keep it rolling strong for quite some time.
To learn more about the game, visit: http://www.alderac.com/smashup/
The game retails for $29.99.