There’s a new game in town – Disney Villainous and we have now played two games, and are loving it! Today I’m sharing my thoughts as well as a brief review. Our dog Bandit (pictured below) was a BIG fan of us sitting still for hours playing!
Villainous is a complex game – I would strongly recommend you approach your first game experience as a learning one, as it really took playing it for us to grasp all of the details. You can do certain things and take some actions only from a specific location or only if some requirements are met – it takes a lot of focus and thinking!
Each player has their own decks of cards, their own figure, and their own game board as you see below. You can be one of six characters and the game can be played with 2-6 people. We played and enjoyed with three selecting Ursula, Maleficent, and Queen of Hearts. Each player has entirely different objectives and strategy changes depending on who you’ve got! While set up and going seems simple… it’s anything but. Before playing, watch the official “how to” videos as well as reading instructions. We found the videos super helpful.
We LOVE this game, and hope to see expansion packs with Evil Queen, Dr. Facilier, Hades, and other favorite Disney Villains. The first game we played it took until we were finishing up (Rebecca won, FYI) to fully grasp the game play. It’s a very complex yet elegant game – and a lot of fun. I would recommend Jr High age and up and for anyone who has a love of games! Us girls have decided to have a monthly game and try out different villains and strategies too!
The game is in stores now – including Amazon (affiliate link)
But seriously – how do you play?
Each player is playing independently of anyone else, waging their own battles and having their own objectives. Yet there is an interactive element as we gave each other heroes to battle and problems to face. As stated above – really the best way to learn this game is to watch the videos, then jump in and play a practice game.
What made it so fun?
We made a whole villain day of it, dressing in Disney Villain clothes, enjoying character inspired treats like Maleficent jell-o, and took the time to be unplugged and chatting. As you can see below – it really was an all consuming gaming experience for us!
As a mom, I’m always looking for things to engage my kids in and do with them that doesn’t involve a screen. Villainous checks off all the interest boxes for these two girls of mine who tend to have very different interests! Getting something that we all enjoy doing and can participate in together? BIG win in this house.
You can find Villainous in stores, including online at Amazon.com here.