Today I'm reviewing Bravest Warriors: The Cooperative Dice Game from Cryptozoic Entertainment. I phrase it this way because there is no designer listed on the box or anywhere I can see online. Bravest Warriors does, however, sport art provided Pendleton Ward, the creator of the Bravest Warriors web show.
|It's Adventure...wait, no, no it's not.|
|Gas Powered STIIIIIIICK!|
The thing that really makes the whole thing come together is the theme. The game is dripping with Bravest Warriors. Fans of the show will get the same feel and flavor from the game as they do watching the 15 minute long webisodes.
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Overall the game has a neat concept and theme behind it and is a very light co-op experience. However, there is no feeling of accomplishment. We played a good few games with 3 players and every time we won or lost I just felt relief that the game was over. I didn't really care if we beat the system or failed. the game plays in around 30 minutes, but some games felt much longer. Those games were you discard an Encounter you won, or refight an Encounter your failed, the back and forth that can occur just drags out the game. Also I like to play with randomized characters, although I can understand why a person would choose characters instead as some are clearly better than others. There is some sort of character balance at work, but after several games you can see how some player powers are more useful and better to have than others. Danny is probably the most useful and powerful of the characters with Chris and Wallow being close behind.
The game can be a nice stepping stone for new players into the co-op world, it shows good team work and doesn't promote an Alpha Player. However, if you are accustomed to gaming and co-cop style then this game has too heavy a price tag to buy on a whim.
The game is only OK. It is mediocre, middle of the road, nothing to get excited over. It is a shame, I love the web cartoon. It makes me laugh, but the game I just find to be humdrum. If you are a big fan of Bravest Warriors than you may still enjoy the game, but I think it needs more variety, better character balancing, and some better component quality.
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Thank you all again for reading and keeping up with Daemonic Teutonic. My next review may be delayed until Saturday, but hopefully I will be posting something short and neat between now and then.