Not only have Ravensburger been on an incredible roll with classic movie licensed games in recent years (see games such as Jaws, Jurassic Park Danger! and even the brilliantUniversal Monsters-meet-Pandemic action of Horrified), but they’ve also seen enormous success with their Disney Villainous series of games. In Disney Villainous, players compete to be the most wickedly evil character from a selection of classic Disney antagonists; not only has Villainous seen critical acclaim, but it’s also achieved a good amount of crossover success into the mainstream too, which is often quite difficult for a game that has a reasonable amount of strategic depth. It’s clear from all of the above that Ravensburger are keen to do their licensed properties justice and deliver well designed games that make good use of their source material, rather than just slap the name onto any old game and hope that it sells.
As Villainous – and its expansions, which can cleverly stand alone as well as integrate with the original game – has proven so popular, it makes sense that Ravensburger would look to apply the formula to other Disney-owned properties too, which leads us to what we’re here to check out today: the upcoming Marvel Villainous.
Featuring wonderfully minimalistic box art showcasing the big bad of the Marvel movies, Thanos, Marvel Villainous sees players competing to be the worst of the worst amongst a great selection of Marvel villains that have been made famous by their appearances on the big screen in movies such as Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther and the Avengers movies (not to mention the upcoming Black Widow solo film).
The card design and components are just as well designed as we’ve seen in the Disney Villainous games, with the same attention to detail and thematic decks (and goals) that worked so well for the adventures of the cartoon baddies.
It’s great to see such a varied selection of villains too – it’s going to be so much fun to explore the options as each one of them. Sometimes, it feels good to be bad – right?
Marvel Villainous is launching soon; the game is due to be released during August 2020 in the UK.
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