Evil comes prepared. Take on the role of a Disney Villain striving to achieve your devious objective. Discover unique abilities while dealing twists of fate to your opponents! Who will triumph in this contest of sinister power?
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I really love this. I play with the original game, and I love these characters so much more. A lot of depth and complexity in how these are played. Most of my family played the characters from this expansion over the original. I love how the theme just goes right along with the mechanics. It is amazing how they do that. And this game is so balanced. Everyone is always within 1 or 2 turns from winning when someone else wins. So fun.
My husband and I love this game! We love the unique gameplay and each villain's story. The game boards have lovely artwork and the pieces themselves are high quality with individual details specific to each villain. This is a very well thought out game with options to combine with the other editions of this game or play alone ability. We can't wait for more expansion packs!
As an early reviewer, I received a copy in exchange for my opinion. I have played the original game before so I knew the concept of how to play before receiving this add on/stand alone for the Villainous series! I was NOT disappointed with this expansion! The villains’ gameplay is put together well and play well with the original game. I don’t have anything bad to say. I love the game and the artwork and packaging is all gorgeous. I only hope they continue making expansions, I would love to see Oogie Boogie and maybe even Edgar (Aristocats) in future expansions!
This is my first experience playing any of the Villainous games. Although this is an expansion it can also be played as a stand-alone game. Having no previous experience with the Villainous franchise, the learning curve for this game was pretty big. I had no idea what I was doing the first time. However, once you play your villain at least once you will understand the strengths and weaknesses of your character and how best to play it. The game play is amazing and very intricately designed! The artwork and components are beautiful and sturdy. Villainous Evil Comes Prepared is unique because you're essentially playing your own mini-game while trying to thwart your opponent's separate mini-game. You have a personal villain deck with allies, items and helpful moves to use yourself while your opponents play your personal fate cards against you. This game is definitely adult-leaning, although older kids with longer attention spans could play as well. I highly recommend this game for an adult game night pick, but if you're looking for a quick and easy game this is not for you. Lots of strategy and concentration are involved, but because of the way you play your villain deck and how your opponent plays fate cards against you, the replay of this game is fantastic and essentially a completely new game every time. Love it! As an early reviewer I received this game in exchange for my opinion.
Game play is the same as the original: everyone has their own villain with individualized objectives. The first round playing a new character is always the hardest: getting used to HOW the characters play comes first, figuring out strategies comes second, and then learning how to play offensively against the other villains comes last. Really, it takes a good 3 games to learn a character and truly enjoy all aspects of the game.
Unlike the original, there is no power cauldron included in the game, but that didn’t bother me. The character pieces are clever and unique to the villain, but are a more rubbery-type plastic material rather than the hard plastic of the original game. Otherwise, this expansion is made to last with the same thick cardboard power tokens and game boards, and the cards are beautiful!
The game is very well thought-out and I loved the new ways these villains could operate that was very relatable to their movie characters. Scar gains strength with each hero he defeats, Kronk can switch from Ally to Hero (good angel/bad angel type of ordeal), and Ratigan has two ways to win depending on Basil’s interference. Very clever game! Many of the cards had us chuckling because they were so well thought through!
These villains seemed more complex in their play than the ones from the original game, so mixing the two games would be a bit unfair with players of the same play-level. It would be best to give the original villains to inexperienced players and the expansion villains to the experienced ones. Might even the playing field. We enjoyed the game as a stand-alone and the three expansion villains seemed to be of the same complexity with no one of them having a superior advantage.
Overall, if you enjoyed the original game, you’ll enjoy this one too! If you’ve never played the original, you can still enjoy this one!
As an early reviewer, I received a copy in exchange for my opinion.
I’d heard good things about the original “Villainous” games from various places, so I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to review the standalone expansion set, “Evil Comes Prepared”. As I understand it, it plays essentially the same as the original set, with three new villains for players to choose from: Scar from “The Lion King”, Yzma from “The Emperor’s New Groove”, and Ratigan from “The Great Mouse Detective”. Each player gets a set of materials associated with the “villain” they’ve chosen to play, including a player board, a deck of Villain cards, a deck of Fate cards, a Villain Guide explaining gameplay details specific to their character like objectives and such, a general reference card, and a stylized playing piece. Moves are governed by the use of Power Tokens, in relation to number values on the player board and decks of cards. It’s a lot to take in, and my wife and I had to watch a couple tutorial videos to get the gist of gameplay. I would say it’s definitely not the kind of game someone can just pick up and play, and while you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the characters to play the game, I think that knowledge adds a level of appreciation that would help draw a player in. It might not be for a casual gamer, but I could see where this game could be fun to play for more experienced players once they get a hang of the game dynamic. This product was received as part of a promotion, in exchange for an honest review.