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A Review on the Marvel Legendary Board Game

By Edited Jul 10, 2015 0 0

I’m not a comic hero fangirl. I only know core members of renowned X-Men and Avengers group from watching cartoon series and live-action movies. I don't follow any comic series of any character so my knowledge of any hero’s biography is pretty lame.

When I got married, I was introduced to the world of super heroes since my husband is die-hard fan. He owns books super hero books like Marvel Encyclopaedia, X-Men Omnibus, Transformers Vault, Star Wars the Ultimate Visual Guide and Pacific Rim. He also has super hero DVD box sets, memorabilia and figures.

Upper Deck Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Marvel Legendary instantly piqued my interest when my husband told me his intention to buy it as an early Christmas present to himself. Legendary is a deck-building game set in the Marvel Comics universe. It is a collaborative board and card game, wherein players team-up to defeat evil from completing an evil scheme to the city. Players defeat the villains by recruiting random Marvel heroes and build a strong deck of a hero team.

Learning curve is easy

When Legendary was delivered to our place, I quickly read the manual, which was very well laid out and easy to digest. After discussing the mechanics with my husband and watching some YouTube videos, my husband and I to to play around the clock. We got addicted to it.

On game variations and adaptability

Playing with the base set promises a lot of replay value. Each game comes with the feel of a different scenario dependent on the combination of evil scheme, mastermind, villain and heroes you randomly pick. It will be a different challenge every time you play. Imagine the probability of variations with this character collection:

Heroes (14 cards each)

  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Cyclops
  • Deadpool
  • Emma Frost
  • Gambit
  • Hawkeye
  • Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Nick Fury
  • Rogue
  • Spider-Man
  • Storm
  • Thor
  • Wolverine

Mastermines (5 cards each)

  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • Dr. Doom
  • Red Skull

Villains (1-2 cards each)

  • Supreme Hydra
  • Viper
  • Paibok
  • Skrull Queen Veranke
  • Destroyer
  • Blob
  • Juggernaut
  • Mystique
  • Sabretooth
  • Docter Octopus
  • Green Goblin
  • The Lizard
  • Venom
  • Enchantress
  • Ymir
  • Abomination
  • The Leader
  • Maestro
  • Zzzax
  • Baron Zemo
  • Melter
  • Ultron
  • Whirlwind


You can also play this game solo until you have the experience required to take on more challenging Masterminds and schemes. You have the choice to adjust level of difficulty by card combinations you pick or if you consciously take on the optional advanced rules.

Comic style art

Upper Deck Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

The game is well thought out, mechanically solid and the ar amazing. The art can be repetitive but the cards look so good you will feel you are in a comic book fight.

Collaborative and competitive winning

The game has another rule on winning and that is when victory points are counted at the end of  game. Even when it is collaborative, there will always be the ‘best’ player among the rest. The player with the most victory points win.

Legendary downside

A downside of this game is the its set up time. Building the villain and hero deck, shuffling the cards, then sorting the cards at the end of each game... it can take a couple of minutes to get everything done.

In Conclusion:

Even when you are not a super hero fan you will have hours of fantastic fun and entertainment. It never gets boring or repetitive. If you are still pondering if you are to buy this game, do so now or regret it later.



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