Amazon Product Name (APN): Fireside Games Castle Panic
Manufacturer: Fireside Games
Review by: Dad
Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Castle Panic by Fireside Games is a high fantasy themed board game where players work together to defeat an invading army of orc, goblins, trolls, giant boulders and boss monsters intent on laying waste to their castle.
Castle Panic is an accessible and easy to learn board game with rules for different difficulty modes, competitive scoring for up to a six player game. But fear not, single player gamers: Fireside Games has thought of you, too. Castle Panic is one of the very few board games that includes rules for solo play.
In the base rules of Castle Panic, players work together trading cards drawn from the Castle Deck. The cards allow players to hit monsters, rebuild walls, enhance or change damage types and just generally do cool things to keep the castle alive against the enemies trying to destroy it. Player’s turns can include trading Castle Cards with others to make the most effective use of drawn cards, playing those cards to do damage to enemies, or buff the castle.
But be warned, at the end of each turn, two new monster tokens emerge from the monster bag.
That brings us to the real RNG (random number generator) of Castle Panic and why no two games are the same: the tokens. The tokens in the monster bag may be monsters, boss monsters, giant boulders that destroy monsters and parts of the castle, and some tokens that cause you to draw more monsters, or cause a plague to befall your heroes. The order beasts and plagues come out of the monster bag can turn an easy game into hard mode at the drop of a hat.
Castle Panic is extremely fun to play and accessible by players of different board game experience. It’s one of those must-buy games for your gaming collection and family game nights (We love it so much, it made it to our Top 10 Board Games list here).
At the time of writing this article, there are three expansions for Castle Panic adding tougher monsters and new mechanics. The Wizard’s Tower, Engines of War and Dark Titan expansions increase the game’s already high replay value, and add even more variety to Castle Panic than the already diverse base-rules provide. Our family has collected all of them because we love this game so much.
We may need to buy a second copy of the base game soon because our game board and tokens are starting to get worn out from how much we play it. It is always popular on our family game nights and camping trips and I’m sure it will be for you as well. Get your copy of Castle Panic on Amazon here.
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I haven’t played a whole lot of co-ops but this is one I’ve considered many times due to the fact that it is accessible to different levels of gamers.
We first got turned onto it because we played games with a guy who was excessively competitive. This game turned his obsessive winning on its head because suddenly he had to help everyone else win, too. It’s a great group game, and takes the sting out of new player anxiety, knowing that everyone can help them. (That being said, there are rules for playing PVP also, but we choose the group rules because they’re so fun.)
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