The works of Shakespeare are well known for their comedy, tragedy, puns, and betrayal. Kind of perfect for the world of Munchkin! Love it or hate it, Munchkin is a powerhouse that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Munchkin Shakespeare destroyed its $30,000 Kickstarter goal, raising a total of $295,109 and unlocking all sorts of crazy stretch goals to add content to the game.
If you’ve played any version of Munchkin, then you can play Munchkin Shakespeare. It’s exactly the same, just with Shakespeare themed cards!
Kick down the door. Kill the monsters. Backstab your friends.
First to Level 10 wins.
Want a crazier game? Combine any Munchkin set to make a larger set.
Again, if you’ve ever played Munchkin you know what to expect here. The cards are a bit thinner than your standard CCG card but still durable. Durable is important with Munchkin. Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe, being a deluxe version, comes with a board to track each player’s levels, which is always important and the Shakespeare board looks excellent. The artwork, overall, is utterly Munchkin-y. Again, to be expected.
I’ve mentioned before that my kids are big Munchkin fans. They’re the reason I started playing the game again after turning my back during college. Every time we get a new set there’s a flurry of excitement when it comes time to open it, check out all the new cards, and get it to the table. Then there’s mixing of various sets to see how well they work together. Munchkin Shakespeare, while not appealing to them as much, has been a joy for me. I’ve been a Shakespeare fan for as long as I can remember, having gone to see his plays as a child and then moving up to reading his works in school.
Munchkin isn’t for everyone, but Steve Jackson Games knows its fanbase and continues to please them with release after release. Munchkin Shakespeare does a great job pulling in its own crowd with clever cards and tons of goofy references. So far it’s been one of my favorite sets!
A copy of Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe was provided free for review by Steve Jackson Games
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