★★☆☆☆ Munchkin; fighting monsters with your friends (unless they want to stab you in the back).

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a silly game with lots of jokes but relatively complicated rules. This game stands out because: it’s humorous and you can play cards to help or hurt other players.

Positive:
1. There is a good sense of humor to this game.
2. There are a lot of themed versions of this game (and probably a perfect one for your group).
3. Playing cards (out of turn) to help or hurt other players can be fun.
4. This game is so popular, you might already know someone who can teach you.

Negative:
1. The rules are complicated (for how care-free the game appears).
2. Games can take a long time (especially with larger groups).
3. The game can get competitive/mean (especially with the negotiations).

Brief Overview:
In this game, everyone is trying to score 10 points. You can score points by defeating a monster, helping someone defeat a monster, buying a point, or by drawing a point card.

Players defeat a monster by having more strength and equipment points than the monster -which gives you more strength and equipment. Also, helping other players out can increase your strength and equipment.

Number of Players 3-6
Age 10+
Time 60+ mins
Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★☆☆☆☆
Replayability ★★☆☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★☆☆
Interaction ★★★★☆

Versions:
There are too many versions to list here. The original game is mostly family friendly, but I’d check it out first before playing with kids. Other versions have similar rules, but be sure to read the instructions before hand because they can throw some tricks in there.

Teaching Advice:
Just like 7 Wonders, explain before hand that this game is going to be difficult at first and the rules will take some time. I find being up-front here helps players anticipate their attention level.

Before dealing out cards, explain the difference between the two piles of cards. Then explain how you can modify your player (race, class, weapons, etc.) Once everyone understands that, go into the game rules and objectives.

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Munchkin on Amazon.

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3 thoughts on “★★☆☆☆ Munchkin; fighting monsters with your friends (unless they want to stab you in the back).

  1. Got this game on a wedding registry thinking might be a good social/party game, but now am trying to offload it since it never hits the game table.

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  2. Dig your blog. Love the “Teaching Advice” section, think that’s an area not many reviewers touch. I adore the sense of humor and artwork of Munchkin, but the mechanics are lacking for sure. Agree with your two stars.

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