Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 is an expansion to the "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up.
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 this expansion. These factions involve some different mechanism of play. The combinations in your hand help you to defeat your opponents bases.
Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 has a lot of fun new factions to bring to the table:
- Killer Plants – Better deal with these guys fast because if you leave them alone, they'll grow all over the place...like weeds! *rimshot*
- Ghosts – Unlike in just about every card game in history, Ghosts benefit from having fewer cards in your hand. Can you be immaterial?
- Steampunks – Can't leave a good base alone? The Steampunks will add new abilities to bases to help your strategies.
- Bear Cavalry – What's scary? A bear. What's really scary? A cossack riding a bear! Bear Cavalry will use fear to drive opposing minions to other bases.
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.
What's great about the expansions to Smash Up, is that they specifically come with 4 factions, so that two players can play these expansions without the need for the base game.
2 Players only (but more players can be added with more expansions)