Alicematic Heroes Review

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Alicematic Heroes - Japanime Games $39.95
Alicematic Heroes Review - Box

Game title: Alicematic Heroes

Game description: Empower your kingdom and increase your territory! Alicematic Heroes is a quick-played, yet tactical and strategic area majority board game with an engine-building mechanism! Players will spread on the board, but the vital bonus gained from invading new areas depends on how strong their kingdom is in one of the five aspects. Where will you strengthen yourself first, in your ability to play powerful cards, your power to invade strong areas, your invasion range or maybe your ability to renew your hand? A modular board and rule-breaking card effects, form a high replayability, quick yet quirky conquest game.

Overall
3.7
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

As if Wonderland wasn’t strange enough already, there are now a whole army of Alices running about! With the Nothing invading Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts has summed Alice to help rebuild the ravished world. Something went awry, and Too Many Alices arrived! These Alices have formed into teams to see who can put the war-torn Wonderland back together the best. Led by the Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat, White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, and the Queen of Hearts herself, which team of Alices can restore the land to its former glory?

Pros

Highly Strategic

Cute Artwork

Five Aspects make for tough choices

Cons

Box art doesn’t follow suit with the rest of the art

Early rounds can be frustrating

Full Alicematic Heroes Review

As if Wonderland wasn’t strange enough already, there are now a whole army of Alices running about! With the Nothing invading Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts has summed Alice to help rebuild the ravished world. Something went awry, and Too Many Alices arrived! These Alices have formed into teams to see who can put the war-torn Wonderland back together the best. Led by the Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat, White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, and the Queen of Hearts herself, which team of Alices can restore the land to its former glory?

Alicematic Heroes greets you with a large rendition of various anime Alices on the box cover. Most of the Alices, while not as bad as other Japanime Games titles, are a bit sexualized. It’s a bit of a turn off, but thankfully does not persist with the artwork of the components inside the box, which follow a more cute, chibi style. It’s a bit of a disconnect, and I wish the cover had a similar style to rest of the game.

Alicematic Heroes Review - Components
Box, cards, and tiles.
(Photo credit: Cathy Bock)

The game, itself, is a mix of engine-building, area control, and hand management. A modular board of tiles is laid out at the start of the game depending on the number of players, and each player is given 5 different color cards for their faction, faction markers, and a starting hand of Alices.

Each colored Faction Card corresponds with a different aspect of a player’s actions. The red card dictates combat strength, blue determines how many cards may be drawn, yellow dictates Dream Power (a resource used to summon Alices), green deals with movement, and white deals with extra victory points. Every Alice is one of these colors and can only be summoned to those stacks, thus increasing a player’s ability in each of those areas.

The tiles that make up the board each have a central city and 6 surround territories, each with a color and number. The number is how much military might needed to invade that territory, while the color corresponds with one of the 5 player card colors, and triggers a different action when invaded. Players may gain resource tokens, draw cards, or gain victory points. There are also Dark Forests which are harder to invade, but are worth a lot of points if captures.

Alicematic Heroes Review - Tokens
Green Aspect and tokens
(Photo credit: Cathy Bock)

Alicematic Heroes takes place over 14 rounds in which players are trying to captures cities, reclaim Dark Forests, and have a majority of their forces on tiles. Victory Points are scored in several different ways, and the player with the most after 14 rounds wins.

The game certainly keeps players on their toes, and surprised me with its depth and complexity. Each turn you’re faced with the choice of which of your five aspects to boost up, what areas to invade, how to spend resources, and whether or not to use an Alice as a “commoner” and lose her ability, or save her for later to reap the benefits she may bestow. It’s a balancing act that starts off a bit slow at first, but quickly blossoms into a tense and rewarding game.

The cute artwork, colorful pieces, and wacky different Alices certainly help knock the game up a notch. The overall production is top notch, and frankl the entire game is nothing at all like I expected it to be. Alicematic Heroes is a game I’ve certainly enjoyed, as have my kids, and I’m sure it’s one that will continue to hit our table in the future.

Alicematic Heroes was provided free for review by Japanime Games

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