I was personally very excited to do this Mistfall review because it sounded a bit like Legends of Andor, which is one of my favorite co-op games. It also had a lot of people backing it on Kickstarter, so my expectations were pretty high. Let’s see if it lived up to the hype…
What is Mistfall?
In Mistfall, the kingdom is threatened by a great impending darkness and has called upon its greatest heroes. You and your fellow travelers are equipped with your own unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses and must work together to defend the kingdom.
At the beginning of Mistfall, you will choose your characters and the quest that you will be playing through. Each character comes with a basic set of abilities and health that determines their starting equipment.
Each quest has its own story and randomized encounters, but it can also feed into a larger story that can be put together by playing multiple quests. You must complete each quest before the time tracker reaches the end, indicating that you have lost the kingdom.
As you and your teammates move from one location to another, you will deal with encounters. During these encounters, the heroes and enemies will each take turns battling it out. Players need to either defeat the enemies or gather enough progress to move on to a new location.
Each player’s primary job is to build his or her character the best way possible for the mission at hand. To do this, you will use your unique starting deck and add on to it with upgraded cards that you can buy throughout the game. Cards can be used to do a number of things, from fighting, going on the defensive, or even to get more cards into your hand. If you ever run out of cards, your character is out of the game.
That is a very brief overview of how the game works. Check out the official Mistfall rules (PDF) if you want to see exactly how to play the game.
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- The Mistfall quests are very well-designed and probably took quite a bit of time to put together. They keep you guessing throughout as you fight off monsters, dodge encounters and work to achieve your goals.
- It’s always great when you feel like a unique character in a game, and that’s exactly how you feel while playing Mistfall. Since all of the heroes have their owns decks of cards, you know that you will be bringing your own skills to each battle. This brings the story to life more than anything else in the game.
- Mistfall’s replay value is also pretty high as it allows you to learn the world, the mechanics, and the abilities of the characters. This is one of those rare scenario-driven games that doesn’t go stale quickly.
- Mistfall has a lot of rules. It isn’t an extremely complex game, but you will have to check keywords and other little rules as you are playing. It doesn’t totally ruin the pacing of the game, but an already long game could be made even longer for those who don’t pick up on all of the rules quickly.
- It’s also a bit of a shame that there isn’t more variety to the artwork, especially on the hero cards. Even though there are plenty of cards in each deck, you are pretty much looking at the same drawing no matter which card you pick up. This will bother some players more than others.
Sometimes you appreciate a game simply because you know a ton of effort went into making it. That’s pretty much how we feel about Mistfall. It’s a nice-looking game and it does give you a pretty good co-op experience, but it just hasn’t been a hit with our group. We do stay engaged through each 2+ hour playthrough, but that’s mostly because there is A LOT you need to keep track of throughout the game.
If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, you might just like Mistfall too. It is a unique game, but it feels like a 50/25/25 mix of Lord of the Rings, Sentinels of the Multiverse and Legends of Andor. It’s not necessarily as good as those games, though. We recommend trying it before you buy it to see if it’s the type of game for you.
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