As the gaming industry gets bigger and bigger by the day we see more intellectual property based games on store shelves than ever before. Today we take a look at another one of these games that I had the chance to play a few short weeks ago.
Rick and Morty: Total Rickall is a card based game with theming on the Rick and Morty TV episode using the same name. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry (I haven’t either). You can still play this wild and wacky game and have plenty of fun.
A brief rundown of the premise of the game (and episode) before we start. Rick has locked the family inside their house. Why? Because the family has grown. Parasites masquerading as family and close friends have infiltrated and have inserted pleasant memories into everyone’s minds to make them think they’re real — and more keep coming! You must figure out which of these new, zany characters are real and which ones are parasites that need to be exterminated. Think you’ve got what it takes to save the world?
The game features a basic fully cooperative mode and an advanced mode, where there are two teams. For the purpose of this review we are focusing on the co-op mode.
Total Rickall is a ultimately a game of deduction and memory, to succeed in this game you are going to be forced to use your head more often than not, memorizing locations of temporary revealed cards can be the difference in winning and losing, HOWEVER do not assume in the world of Rick & Morty that things will be that simple, there is of course a small amount of randomness & luck that comes into play that given half a chance can really turn the game around.
It is much like other co-op games where it is best to enter the game with a strategy in mind for your own personnel enjoyment all the while remembering to work with your team to win the game.
The game is not very complex when it comes to gameplay. Basically players rotate as the “leader” of the round and play a card/undertake an action one by one. You need to play a card face down first before anything is revealed but this isn’t really a well thought out rule for a co-op game as the table are all discussing tactics beforehand anyway. I think maybe going down the route were there no table-talk rule (consequently losing the co-op aspect) would make the game much more enjoyable.
Now for the section I ensure is in every single review. RE-PLAYABILITY. Is this a game you are going to gather your friends around for? NO, Not really. Please Don’t get me wrong or misunderstand me, I would play it again no questions asked, however, it does sort of lend itself more to the lovers of the TV series, start of gaming night warm up and more of a filler type game when your waiting for the rest of the group to turn up etc. That being said I am concerned it may become one of those games that I play a lot for a short period of time and then it will fade away into obscurity condemned to a life of gathering dust on Kallax storage unit while other far more loved games see the table frequently. the game is also very one dimensional with no real way to change how its played or ways to keep it fresh for regular players.
The materials the game is made from are nothing to shout home about but it is the artwork and text that sell it for me. This game is a Rick and Morty game, it is designed to look and feel just like the show and that’s exactly what they do. I may be giving this a bit too much credit but to be honest I do not feel it is just a cause of grabbing screen shots of an episode and sticking them on a card. The images seem to have some connection with the accompanied text and therefor demonstrate at least some thought has gone into assigning the right images.
Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game is a delightful cooperative filler game but is it worth your money? Well my answer to that is simply this: if you love Rick and Morty there is no discussion here you are going to love this game. Even if the game itself doesn’t grab you, the colourful characters will. This game features all the ridiculous characters displayed in the episode. The mechanics at play, while not the most complex or well balanced, are so true to the theming of the TV show it can with a shadow of a doubt in my mind can be forgiven for not delivering the tightest of gameplay. SO the big question Yay or Nay. Do you like the TV SHOW? If yes than I think it’s a must for any fan, however if your answer is no then this may be one for you to save the money in pocket this time around, but if you get the opportunity to play this game, take it. It is a fun game regardless of your thoughts on the program itself. Well worth a play, just maybe not worth a buy.