Last-Second Quest Review

Last-Second Quest - Wizkids - $34.99
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Game title: Last-Second Quest

Game description: In Last-Second Quest, you and your opponents are archetypical adventurers, with a gridded board representing your backpack, staring at a shared pile of items. Each round a quest is revealed with a unique set of required and forbidden items, and you only have seconds to fill your storage board with as many of the required items you can, while avoiding the forbidden ones. Once everyone is done, you take turns defending your choices, then score based on how well you prepared, and how few empty spaces are left over. The best prepared adventurer wins!

Overall
2.8
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s time to quest…like RIGHT NOW! Grab what you can as quickly as you can to prepare for the adventure that awaits in Last-Second Quest, a game about quickly packing your bags. Players will frantically search through piles of equipment tiles in search of equipment that best matches a Quest card played at the start of each round—win three rounds to win the game.

Pros

  • Easy to learn and teach
  • Frantic & silly
  • Excellent artwork

Cons

  • Wishy-washy rules on disputes
  • Becomes easy too quickly
  • Needs more pieces
  • Feels much younger than 14+

Full Review

It’s time to quest…like RIGHT NOW! Grab what you can as quickly as you can to prepare for the adventure that awaits in Last-Second Quest, a game about quickly packing your bags. Players will frantically search through piles of equipment tiles in search of equipment that best matches a Quest card played at the start of each round—win three rounds to win the game.

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Quest cards dictate what players are looking for each round, and denote the difficulty of the quest

Last-Second Quest is played in real-time, and set up is easy and quick. Each player gets a character and storage made up of a grid of squares. Next, shuffle the Quest deck and dump the item tiles onto the middle of the table and mix them around. Items come in varying Tetris-style shapes and are double-sided for more variety. Several “Ready to Go” cards, the number of players minus 1, are also placed in easy reach of the players. Once everyone is ready, flip a Quest over, and the game begins.

Now it’s a frantic race to fill your storage mat with the appropriate items. Be wary, though. Some things are forbidden! Once a player has filled up their storage, they can grab a “Ready to Go” card. Once all these are taken, the round is over. Scores are calculated by how well the items do or do not meet the requirements of the quest. Blank spaces on a storage mat are worth negative points. The player who wins may flip their character card over, placed a Locked tile over the 2nd ability, and must now play with the first ability activated. If that player wins another round, then their 2nd ability becomes unlocked.

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The 2nd side of a character card contains 2 abiltiies/additional quest conditions

Scoring is where one of the game’s significant faults comes into play. Players can question the validity of other players’ choices. The player in question may argue their point, and then the group takes a vote to either allow the item to score or if the item becomes void. It’s very wishy-washy and can suffer from several players ganging up on each other. It works even worse with two players, as you can imagine.n

The next issue is that after a few playes it becomes pretty clear which items are best suited for each requirement type and the game becomes much easier. While the game comes with several configurations of storage mats to try and make things more difficult for experienced players, they dont help much. A larger variety of items could go a long way here, especially if not all were used in a single game.

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Overall, Last-Second Quest is silly, fast, and fun, but becomes a bit stale too quickly. The artwork and presentation are exceptional, but the game feels much younger than the 14+ age recommendation on the box. For younger kids, this game will work out very well, and possibly even solve for some of the issues listed above, especially with a parent to moderate.

A copy of Last-Second Quest was provided free for review by WizKids

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