Smash Up is a "shufflebuilding" game. These style of games involve starting with a small deck that you draw from every turn. As you play, you'll gain other cards that you'll shuffle in along the way.
There are different faction types among the cards in Smash Up. These factions involve some different mechanism of play.
- Pirates move the cards
- Zombies bring back cards from the discard
- Dinosaurs have huge power (Dino-SMASH!)
to begin, take the 20-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a deck of forty cards, then compete to crush more Bases than your opponents. When a base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points.
This game has a very fun and cartoon-like theme to it. There are multiple expansions to Smash Up that help to expand this game, introducing new factions and different card mechanics along with it.
But to start out, I recommend choosing the dinosaurs with lasers. ...Yep you heard right. Dinos. With lasers.
2 to 4 Players