Renegade Game Studios already has a successful Power Rangers franchise in Heroes of the Grid, and now they’re taking on the world of bridge building with the aptly titled Power Rangers Deck-Building Game. Like Heroes of the Grid, Renegade weaves the franchise’s most iconic elements into the game seamlessly, creating a deep and satisfying deck builder that will deliver sound mechanics and fast-paced gameplay to longtime board game players. For fans of the Power Rangers franchise, however, this will offer a lot more, and no Power Rangers fan should miss all the fun.
The Power Rangers Bridge Building Game is a game for 2 to 4 players, either playing against each other or in teams in a two-on-two scenario; and in any case, your objective is to defeat the other players by reducing their health to zero. Like other Deck-Builders, you’ll start with a small starter deck of cards and build your deck by purchasing cards from The Grid with Shards (which are depicted on your cards). This basic mechanic is virtually unchanged from other titles in the genre, so those familiar with these basic mechanics will have no problem getting started.
The game differs in the way each side plays, as one side will play the heroes and the other will play the villains, and they play a little differently. Whichever side you choose, your chosen character will have two shapes, and both of them feel like natural extensions to fans of the series. Heroes are Rangers, and you have your un and fully transformed forms. Your Transfigured Form is naturally more powerful, so you’ll try to buy cards and attach them to your character quickly so you can get into that second form. Not only will you be more powerful and have access to more abilities after morphing, but you will also have access to your Zords, and by pairing that with the morphed state’s incentives to buy and attach cards, changing the range The Grid and helping to keep new cards in play.
The same goes for villains, and it’s a treat to play as characters like Finster, Rito Revolto, Lord Zedd, and Scorpina. Each villain has their own unique abilities, but Renegade helps balance things out with the Rangers by letting you buy other villains from the deck and add them to your lair. Not only does it give you a response to the Zords with convenient continuous effects, but it also makes you feel like you’re building an all-star villainous squad. Your characters also have signature weapons to purchase to develop their abilities, so there is always something to look for and achieve as you head towards the end of the game.
The options at your disposal allow you to stay invested even during an opponent’s turn, as you can use certain abilities or blocks when the right opportunity presents itself. You have to be careful with your opponent’s moves and strategies, which in my case directly fueled decisions like attacking and removing their cards from The Grid or having them discard an attached card to keep them from reaching their status. under pressure. There’s a dividing line in the sand between heroes and villains, so you can’t mix and match, and while I initially thought it was limited, I ultimately didn’t really miss that after a few games. .
On the artistic side of things, the game uses illustrations from the comics to great effect, and each picture pops out of the board while still leaving enough space for the ability text to be easily read. That said, there are a few things that keep him from perfecting. It took a few tries before the differences between attacking and fighting became clear, and that seemed to be due to how they were explained in the rulebook rather than particular issues with the mechanics themselves. Meanwhile, Stun Cards don’t have as many negative effects as similar cards in other Deck-Building games, so much so that I honestly forgot they were there half the time. I didn’t necessarily mind that, but if they weren’t going to be a major factor then I probably would have traded them in for some other type of mechanic or card to shake things up.
This is probably the other biggest problem. As I mentioned before, the game is very entertaining and fun to play, but I am a huge fan of the Power Rangers franchise. For those who are just looking for a fun bridge building game to add to their collection, it might not have enough new wrinkles to keep them hooked just because the basic mechanics are so similar to other games in the genre.
For me that wasn’t a problem, and I enjoyed switching sides and playing as different characters and seeing how their unique abilities and weapons changed my strategy from game to game. The artwork is beautiful and the implementation of the core Power Rangers elements in a genre that I already enjoy was exactly what I was looking for. If you’re a Power Rangers fan, Renegade Game Studios has created a welcoming entry into the genre that embraces franchise themes and aesthetics, and it more than deserves a place in your collection.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Posted By: Renegade Game Studios
Review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios