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Subject: Can my 7 year old son play this with me? rss

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Asif Kazmi
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This game looks goood and my son, like every boy his age, would really love the theme (as do I), but would he be able to play it? I believe the box says 12+. That makes me think the game is probably fairly hefty, so I'm not sure.
 
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I haven't played, so I don't know, but the rules are available online. Going over those should give you a feel for how well it would play with your son.

Edit: Added an apostrophe.
 
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I'm at work, behind a firewall.
Debating whether to pick this up on the way home...
 
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It depends on how good your kid is with playing games. It's a long game (I played for 2 hours and still wasn't done) and it has lots of stuff to keep track of but it has a great theme and the figures are very nicely made.

I want to get it myself but I'm afraid no one will play it with me. But, Secret Santa if you can hear me!, I still would like it!
 
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I just played two games today. I'd say its roughly the same complexity level as Axis and Allies, though the games themselves are vastly different.
 
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Scott Rogers wrote:
It depends on how good your kid is with playing games. It's a long game (I played for 2 hours and still wasn't done) and it has lots of stuff to keep track of but it has a great theme and the figures are very nicely made.

I want to get it myself but I'm afraid no one will play it with me. But, Secret Santa if you can hear me!, I still would like it!


I would say...no. Having just played it. It's a little heavy with phase and rounds and combat rounds...spending "plot points" to do things...a smart 10 year old familiar with games might be the age I'd start with
 
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While I am sure there are younger kids that could play this game, I would say most of them would not be able. From my experience with other games, I think Marvel Heroscape is going to end up being the best option for younger kids with Heroclix possibly being the alternative.
 
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Thanks for all the replies. They are in line with what I suspected. I'll hold off on this for now.
 
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If you want a good game with Marvel flavor and can find a copy, get your hands on X-men: Under Siege. It's better suited to a 7 year old but enjoyable at any age. And many don't realize it's a game by Richard Borg (of BattleLore, M44, Battle Cry fame). I'd wait a few years (10+) for Marvel Heroes. By then there will probably be expansions for it as well.laugh
 
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Do your son play CCGs? If he does, then he will have no problem with this game.
 
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Walt Mulder wrote:
If you want a good game with Marvel flavor and can find a copy, get your hands on X-men: Under Siege.


And X-Men Alert, in my opinion, is even better still.
 
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She-Wolf wrote:
Walt Mulder wrote:
If you want a good game with Marvel flavor and can find a copy, get your hands on X-men: Under Siege.


And X-Men Alert, in my opinion, is even better still.


I'll second that. Under Siege is really just a pale shadow of Alert. I also favor Alert because it focuses on the X-Men years I am most familiar with.
 
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I also do not think your 7 year old could play this. the different phases can be confusing and their is quite a bit of things going on between the ready hero, supporting hero, allies, villains, events, master plots, power ups, story cards, etc. My wife has a hard time keeping up with all of it and I think a 7-year old would struggle with this. He could play on your team with you against someone else though. That is what I am going to do with my 6 year old son.
 
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One more affirmation--no, I doubt any 7-year-old could do this game. I think a 12-year-old could survive if he were already steeped in Marvel lore; otherwise, this game will take under 15-year-olds some time to figure out. It helps to know that you do not send Hulk on a Mystery Headline mission. There are many choices and dynamics of strategy to this game.

I played HeroClix for ages, and I would say the density of strategy is more than double. A 7-year-old who loves Marvel could do HeroClix (my 8-year-old daughter loved it...now she is 12 and we play Carcassonne together).
 
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