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Producer- Game Salute
TL;DR- An awesome game that you will either love or hate-87.5%
Basics-John Wilkes Booth has stolen Lincoln hat! Players quest across different levels trying to face monsters like barfing turtles, midlevel bosses, and bosses like Booth himself. This game is a semi-deck builder/players scroll across different worlds moving each Lincoln meeple encountering different cards that are either added to their deck or score pile changing the standard mechanics of games like Thunderstone. The game is played till the players defeat two bosses.
Mechanics-This game is a deck builder in the very loosest of terms. You start with a deck of cards that have attack and money/jump cards. Each card you encounter needs either attack to defeat it, money to buy it, or jump to avoid it. If you can’t beat a card it might damage you or it might just halt you. If you defeat a card the card either goes to your score pile or your discard pile. Since point cards only go to the point pile, you don’t have the difficult choices you normally have in deck builders. It’s a very light game, but it plays quick and is relatively fun. 4/5
Theme-This game oozes theme out of every pore. In every aspect of the game, you get the feeling of 80′s old school video game nostalgia. If you want to play a card game of a side scroller clone, this is it! 5/5
Instructions-The instructions are not bad. It explains the rules fairly well, but I did have some questions that our group had to make some choices over the game to interoperate the rules. It’s not bad, but a bit more of the rules would have answered most of my questions. Also a suggested start deck list would have helped. 3.5/5
Components/art-Again this part of the game is a home run. Everything looks like it should if it’s from my childhood. The cards, inserts, and instructions all look fun and make me think of the 80′s! 5/5
Summary- This is the game you will either love or hate. If you want a really complex deck building card game with depth strategy, then this is not for you. If you want some crazy fun with an old school theme, this is for you. There are really only two camps for this game. It’s well done for what it is. Just make sure this is what you want! 87.5%