Munchkin is a divisive game. It’s massively popular, it generates endless piles of money for Steve Jackson games yet many people in the hobby hate the game. They absolutely hate it. I am not one of those.
The X-Men edition of the game is put out by USAopoloy under license from Steve Jackson games and Marvel. The game and its content will be familiar to most who have played any version of Munchkin but lets take a deeper look.
The basic play is the same for any version of munchkin. Kick open a door by drawing a door card. Fight the baddie and gain levels and/or loot. The first player to get their student of the Xavier school to level 10 of the education is the winner.
The baddies in the game will be familiar to most comic book fans as will the Allies that the students can pick up along the way. Players can also improve their students powers by playing student powers which get stronger as the student gets to higher and higher levels.
One unique feature of this munchkin game is the character cards. Each student character has unique abilities that can be used throughout the game unlike regular munchkin where everyone is exactly the same at the beginning of the game this gives a little variety.
The artwork throughout the game is really good. It’s bright, colourful and features all the characters that one would want in an x-men game.
The cards and player cards aren’t thick linen finished cards but that isn’t what anyone is looking for from a munchkin set. The cards are perfectly serviceable.
The gameplay will be instantly recognisable to anyone that has played munchkin but I think it brings enough new to the table to be interesting. I don’t think this game will convert any haters but I enjoyed it and think it’s an excellent addition to the family.