8 Bit battles bring all the nostalgia with Pixel Tactics!
Theme and What is it?
Pixel Tactics is a competitive dueling game between two units. Each player will take control of a unit, electing a leader, and leading their unit into a head to head battle. Develop a strategy by using the abilities of the heroes and leaders in your deck to crush your opponent. The player who’s leader is still standing after the smoke clears emerges victorious!
Battle takes place on a 3×3 grid for each player. A game starts with each player drawing five cards, selecting their leader, and placing them in the center of the grid. Starting with the first row and going row by row each player will alternate taking turns selecting 2 actions from recruiting heroes, drawing cards, removing corpses, playing orders, and more. After three turns (one for each row,) the round ends and a new round will begin with the other player moving to first in the turn order. Once a player’s leader reaches zero, the game ends with the leader still standing claiming the victory!
The base mechanics are pretty simple to pick up for this game. When it’s your turn you choose two actions and do them. The strategy can be as light or as heavy as you want. It does fit thematically with video game tactics as you move through the game giving you a lot of options how to build your unit. A lot of text on the cards to read through which will slowed down my first few plays. I looked forward to getting this back to the table.
Game Build Quality
In general, the components to this game are outstanding! The cardboard punches easily and all cards and tokens fit inside the box with ease. Level 99 included a foldout play mat with the game to help with understanding of the game and was a major a helpful in learning the game. It did come with only 1 sheet of cardboard tokens that were double sided which it could have used 1 more sheet.
The box art is a spectacular call back to my days playing the NES! Pixel Tactics’ box looks just like a cartridge from the NES. Pixelated characters on the cards brings imagery to the characters being used in each play through. Iconography is very easy to differentiate and color coordinated for players to distinguish the difference between each of the powers on the card. Very high praise for the art used on the box and cards!
The nostalgia factor of controlling video game units in a head to head battle was very enjoyable! I found it enjoyable to try different strategies as you played through the game. Figuring out which cards synergized together and what kind of combos you can create come with the joy of any kind of tactic based card game. It also has several sets that came before that can expand the tactics exponentially into deck building. Solid bit of fun.
Age Range & Weight
The core gameplay is selecting actions and playing the right cards during your turn. Decisions built within each turn are right in tune with what a 12+ player could grasp. Even able to play and work around combos and themes. Weight for the game is in the light to medium range. The different tactics and advanced strategies that are capable within Pixel Tactics put it in that just above light category.
Pixel Tactics Legends is a solid addition to an already wonderful game! This standalone expansion brings some powerful leaders to the mix that have some diabolical powers. I love a good card game that incorporates tactical gameplay and this does fit that bill. It brings with it head to head combat so it will be attacking directly the other player. If you enjoy this style of game, than Pixel Tactics: Legends is a great place to start!
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