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ORIGINZ Review

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ORIGINZ - Flavor Faction Studio - $40

Game title: ORIGINZ

Game description: Become a Superpowered Hero or Villain and battle with 2 to 8 players in this complete, multi-format strategy card game. Ages 10+

Overall
3.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

It’s a battle of supers in ORIGINZ: The Superpowered Card Game. Use one of 12 preconstructed decks or mix-and-match cards to create your owned powered individual and clash to see who reigns supreme. ORIGINZ features a “deck is your health” mechanic which means you’re still standing as long as there are cards remaining in your deck. Be careful, though, as your opponents’ attacks can deplete your deck robbing you of valuable health and actions. The last super standing wins.

Pros

Fast gameplay Comic-style artwork Awesome health mechanic

Cons

Empty space in the box may be good for future expansions but currently makes the game harder to store.

Full ORIGINZ Review

It’s a battle of supers in ORIGINZ: The Superpowered Card Game. Use one of 12 preconstructed decks or mix-and-match cards to create your owned powered individual and clash to see who reigns supreme. ORIGINZ features a “deck is your health” mechanic which means you’re still standing as long as there are cards remaining in your deck. Be careful, though, as your opponents’ attacks can deplete your deck robbing you of valuable health and actions. The last super standing wins.

I first took at look at ORIGINZ way back into 2016 when the game was on Kickstarter. Flavor Faction has had a bit of a bumpy road getting the game to market, but my copy finally arrived the other month. I’m happy to see that not much has changed since my initial preview of the game, and what has is certainly for the better.

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Some of the decks included in ORIGINZ

So what’s the same? The game play. ORIGINZ is still a super fast, superhero card battling game where players choose from 12 different superpowers, each with a unique mechanic, and try to whittle down their opponents’ decks. There are decks that force other players to discard more cards, decks that allow you to draw and play cards quickly, ones to restore cards from your discard pile, and much, much more. Each of the 12 decks truly feels unique and the ability to mix and match cards to make your own allows for tons of customization.

The awesome comic book-style artwork is also the same. One of the things I always loved about ORIGINZ is how well it captures the feeling of comic book superheroes/villains through its artwork and overall graphic design.

Speaking of the game’s graphic design, it’s one of the things that has changed a bit since I last took a look at the game. The cards have been cleaned up and streamlined quite a bit, making them much easier to read and certainly much less cluttered, allowing the stellar artwork to really take center stage. The box and deck dividers have changed as well, allowing a bit of extra space for future expansions. Unfortunately this means there’s some left over space inside that you’ll need to fill so your current cards don’t go all over the place if you decide to store the box on its side.

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ORIGINZ Box

It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for ORIGINZ over the past few years, but Flavor Faction has proved their dedication to the game and its fans by getting the game into backers’ hands, setting up pre-orders for non-backers, and prepping an expansion with even more superpowers to add into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed the game when I first played back in 2016 and still enjoy it now that I finally have the finished product on my shelves.

A copy of ORIGINZ was provided free for this review by Flavor Faction Studios

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