05th Oct2020

‘Disney’s Villainous’ Board Game Review

by Chris Cummings

I’ve always had a thing for board games, table-top role playing games and deck-building card games. Ever since I was a kid, I had games I’d play for hours at the table, my thoughts and imagination going haywire as I built armies or took warriors on adventures or wandered fantastical lands as I battled all manner of creatures. I recently got back into playing board games again, and this was one of the titles my wife and I played recently.

I’m a Disney-head. I grew up on Disney and as an adult I’m a big fan, whether it’s visiting the parks, buying various items in the ma-hoo-sive array of merchandise, watching the films at home and in the cinema, or playing games. Villainous is a light strategy card-battle game in which players must attempt to reach their own personalised goal depending on which character they play as, whilst attempting to block, disarm, obstruct and shove the other players into problems, issues and, hopefully, defeat.

Villainous took a bit of time to get used to in terms of how things worked, because there are many moving parts here. Some cards allow you to place heroes on parts of other players’ game boards, some cards allow you to steal some treasure, some make you fall and others help you move forward. It’s a beautiful game, too, with some gorgeously designed boards, game-pieces and cards. You can, in the main game (expansions are available), play as Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), King John (Robin Hood), Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Captain Hook (Peter Pan) and Jafar (Aladdin), with each character having their own unique goal to win the game. The player to reach said goal first, wins. It’s simple stuff on paper, but things can get complex and exciting the more you toss big old problems into people’s paths.

Disney, as a brand, is ultimately jam-packed with potential for a million and one board game ideas, and this one works wonderfully. It has vast replayability, it can be played with two players or upto six. You develop skills, gather allies and weapons and fight your way to victory. The other positive here is that you don’t necessarily have to be a lover of all things Disney to enjoy this. You could play this with some folks who don’t really know much about Disney or care about it. It’s all about implementing tactics in order to thwart the rest of the players from reaching their objective. With three expansions currently available (each containing three new player boards and characters each), Disney’s Villainous can become a huge world with massive variety and lots to love. I enjoyed this a lot and will have a blast playing it more and more as time goes on.

**** 4/5

Disney’s Villainous is available now through Ravensburger and retails at £34.99

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