These pretzels are making me thirsty
The game can be played with 2 - 6 players or more by using teams. At start-up, each player chooses their own level of difficulty. Level 1 through 5, 1 being easiest and 5 being hardest. Then they choose how may villains to capture. Villains are captured by answering questions correctly. Each player is given a certain number of Power Tokens which can be used in one of three ways.
1: Roll the die to attempt to capture multiple villains on you turn...but beware, if the question is missed you have to add that many villains to your 'Capture List'.
2: Move down one difficulty level. This can only be done after answering 3 questions correctly in a row.
3: Challenge a player to move up one difficulty level. This can only be done after the player being challenged has answered 5 questions correctly in a row. The player being challenged can either accept the move or us one of their own power tokens to block the challenge. If this is done, then to two players have to roll the die and whoever rolls highest wins the challenge.
The first player to capture the required villains wins.
The ability to challenge a player to move up to a higher difficulty level is a nice addition to a trivia game. The die roll which can help you 'catch' more villains also adds a nice bit of drama to an otherwise ordinary trivia game. You could get closer to winning, but if you miss the question, you get farther from victory. Also, a roll of a 1 means you lose a turn.
Not much else with this game other than a nice looking tin. The cards are bland, with no art whatsoever. The score card has small pictures of villains in black and white and is otherwise pretty bland.
If you know your Marvel characters, you should be right at home in level 1 or 2. If you know your characters and the comic books, you should be fine in level 3 or 4. You really need to know your stuff for level 5. Exact issue numbers, date and obscure characters.
For a trivia game, can be fun. I give it 6/10.