Enterprise by the degrees, accumulating treasure. However watch out to not go too far, or else you’ll be knocked out and compelled to return to city emptyhanded.
Printed by Pink Raven Video games, Megaland is a 20-minute push-your-luck sport, designed for 2-5 gamers.
Every participant takes a personality and 4 coronary heart tokens. The identical six fundamental constructing varieties are used every time you play the sport, and gamers additionally select seven different constructing varieties so as to add to the constructing show. You then shuffle the extent playing cards and the sport begins.
The sport is performed over three phases. Throughout section one, every participant decides if they’ll enter the subsequent degree. Every participant who chooses to take action attracts a treasure card. Treasure playing cards might be one in every of six differing kinds. After every participant has made their selection, you draw the subsequent degree card. Gamers lose one coronary heart for every damage proven on the cardboard. If a participant ever runs out of hearts, he’s routinely returned to city and loses all of the treasure he gathered that spherical. After resolving any accidents, gamers should once more resolve whether or not to maneuver on to the subsequent degree or return to city. Once you select to return to city, you get to maintain all of the treasure you collected that spherical. One degree card is the treasure field, which permits every participant who stayed to attract an additional treasure. There are additionally soar tokens you could purchase generally through the sport. Earlier than revealing the subsequent degree card, you’ll be able to select to spend a soar token. This lets you ignore any accidents on the subsequent degree card if it has a soar image. Not all accidents might be jumped over, nevertheless, and even when the soar token had no impact, it’s nonetheless discarded.
As soon as all gamers have returned to city, both by selection or by working out of well being, you progress on to the second section. The second section is the purchase section. Throughout this section, gamers take turns shopping for buildings. Every constructing lists what number of distinctive treasure playing cards it prices to buy. You can’t purchase the identical constructing twice in the identical spherical. Some buildings will provide you with cash upfront whenever you buy them, whereas others will provide you with cash on the finish of every spherical. But others will provide you with particular talents, equivalent to permitting you to attract a brand new treasure card and discard one every time you come to city. You too can buy additional hearts by paying matching treasure playing cards; the extra hearts you have already got, the costlier a brand new one will probably be.
Lastly, you progress on to the night time section. Throughout this section, some buildings activate their talents, such because the lodge that offers you two cash each night time section. You will need to then retailer or discard any treasures remaining in your provide. Every constructing you personal can maintain one treasure card. Any treasure you can not retailer is discarded. Every participant then regains any hearts they misplaced through the spherical, and the extent deck is reshuffled. If nobody has 20 cash, you play a brand new spherical. If at the least one participant has reached 20 cash, the participant with essentially the most cash wins the sport.
Megaland appears like a cross between Incan Gold and Machi Koro. The push-your-luck facet is effectively executed, with sufficient innocuous degree playing cards that it’s straightforward to construct up a satisfying streak, however sufficient heavy hitters that, particularly early on when you have got fewer hearts, it’s straightforward get knocked out quick and unexpectedly. The luck factor of the sport can be felt in parts equivalent to which treasure playing cards you draw. You may stroll away with six treasures, however relying on what number of matches you have got, this may not be as nice a flip as you’d count on because you want distinctive ones to purchase buildings.
In the meantime, the costs for buildings are good and clear, and there’s a pleasant vary of rewards and skills throughout the buildings. Moreover, even when as a result of dangerous luck you’ll be able to solely afford the most cost effective buildings, the truth that every constructing can retailer one treasure is sort of useful and means that you can save up for the costlier buildings in flip.
There’s a pleasant vary of constructing playing cards included within the sport, that means that attempting out completely different combos will enhance the sport’s replayability and alter your methods. For instance, the primary time we performed, we didn’t even have any buildings that offered soar icons. This additionally means you’ll be able to alter the complexity of the buildings you play with based mostly on the group enjoying.
The theme feels a bit tacked on, with the rulebook giving a online game setting and utilizing some online game language, however nothing within the mechanics or the aesthetics actually again it up. That being mentioned, the sport does look very nice, and the parts are fairly well-made. The paintings provides the sport a way of getting its personal distinctive world, and the field insert can also be very well-thought-out and makes the sport each straightforward to pack and unpack.
We fairly loved Megaland. The alternatives aren’t advanced, however they’re attention-grabbing. It’s undoubtedly a sport you can play as a household or with an grownup sport group. Including gamers won’t add an excessive amount of downtime, and there’s not likely any direct participant interplay, however video games are fairly fast. It’s a pleasant mixture of mechanics that also doesn’t really feel overly difficult. The ultimate result’s a pleasant, informal, family-friendly board sport.
Professionals: Nice paintings, straightforward to study, fast gameplay
Cons: Theme is slightly weakly carried out, not any actual participant interplay
Disclosure: we acquired a complimentary evaluation copy of this sport.