Review – Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’lyeh

The second Penny Arcade Deck Building Game

Title: Penny Arcade The Game: Rumble in R’lyeh

Year Published: 2011

Designer: Mike Donais, Paul Sottosanti

Publisher: Cryptozoic

Players: 2-4

Game Time: 30+ Mins

Set-up Time: >5 Mins

Ages: 16+

Theme: The Penny Arcade World

Mechanic: Deck Building

How to win: Score the most Victory Points

Game Description

Just when you thought it was safe to pick up the controller…just when it seemed the time for cardboard tubes was at an end…the dread elder god Cthulhu rises from his slumber in the sunken city of R’lyeh, and he’s not playing games!

Penny Arcade: The Game – Rumble in R’lyeh is both a complete game and an expansion to Penny Arcade: The Game – Gamers vs. Evil. Players can mix the two sets together for the ultimate crazy ride through the sublimely bizarre world of the Penny Arcade web comic. Explore Gabe’s Gross Mouth, harness the dubious power of Bono Trask: Timesqueezer, and fall under the curse of TouchWeiners’ dark double: the Were-Swan.

So what’s new under the sea? Gold cards! These powerful cards require both Tokens and Power to acquire and count as both Green and Red cards, unlocking tons of new synergy and customization options with the previous set. New Green and Red cards add even more longevity to the game.

Set Up

Set up is the same as Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil with the exception of placing the Gold boss. You also randomly select 1 Gold card stack for each of the 3 different costs.

Game Play + End Game

Game Play and the End Game is also the same as Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil with Gold cards being slightly different. They count as both red and green. Their total cost is the combined cost of the number of Power or Quarters they need. You need to pay both Power AND Quarters to get one.

Round Up

It’s still basic, but different.

If you start getting the 12 points from a Gold boss you win… it’s that simple. Especially if no one else is able to pick some of them up.

The Gold cards do add a good element but it’s still a very basic deck building game.

I give this 5/10

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