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Grave Robbers From Outer Space


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Ages Play Time Players
13+ 20-40 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Stephen Tassie

Publisher(s): Z-Man Games, Asmodee North America

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Product Description

Bad acting, poor special effects, and a plot with a thousand holes. These ingredients make up the B-movies you love to hate and hate to love. Now you and your friends can create your own B-movies with Grave Robbers From Outer Space, the soda and the popcorn card game that pays homage to the great turkeys you stay up late to watch.

Product Information

Contents:

  • 120 cards
  • rules

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4 in 8 reviews

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Great game, loads of fun for movie geeks
January 04, 2004

I haven't gotten much of a chance to try out the expansions yet. I throughly enjoyed this game early in its beta period. I've recommended it to many people in the past, its loads of fun. The game play gives you something a little different every time and the various expansions I'm sure add to this effect. As a B movie fan and a gamer I give it two tenticles up.

 
 
 
 
 
Long on theme, short on game
September 07, 2003

This game was rather difficult for me to review. On the one hand, it isn't much of a game for 'gamers.' On the other, I guess I didn't really epxect it to be much more than it delivers. I was leaning toward 3-stars, but give it a very high 2-stars.

Pros

- Very true to its theme of SF/horror B-movies. The text on the cards is often hilarious to fans of the genre.

- Quality components. The cards are well done, with different colored type delineating card types, and fine black & white drawings of characters, locations, creatures, and props.

- The game play does remind one of CCGs such as Magic: The Gathering, as one reviewer noted, except that cards are drawn from a common deck (no customizing), so one has no inkling of what acrs he/she will get to play with.

Cons

- Play is rather chaotic, totally reliant on luck of the draw. In one 2-player game, I didn't draw a creature with which to attack my opponent until she had built such a strong movie, it was nearly impervious, despite doubling or tripling of attack stength via special effects cards. Additionally, some cards are totally crazy, like one that causes everyone to pass their hand to the left. And with the Roll The Credits cards being playable after the second turn, the game can end quite abruptly.

- Expense. The list price of US $19.95 (for 120 cards) is rather steep considering the availability of better card games at $10-15. I was really expecting more.

All in all, it's fun to play for the humor, but not satisfying enough as a game to invite replayings. It reminds me of a more recent release -- Munchkin -- in that it does a great job of making parody of its subject matter, but isn't substantive enough as a game. (I like GRoOS more than Munchkin, only because I prefer the subject of the former to that of the latter.)

If you and your gaming partners are devoted fans of these movies, and aren't looking for a serious game, rate this one at 4-stars.

But if you're looking for a game that challenges its players and improves with each playing, this game will not satisfy.

 
 
 
 
 
by Chris G
neat cards, but repetitive game
August 23, 2002

this is one of the large numbers of games i've played lately where there are just attacks and modifiers basically, seemingly the standard set-up for most card games lately. the design is therefore smooth because it's a refined version of the basic rulebook. the instructions themselves are fairly confusing though, and the way you win makes no sense, but over all it's a good time. the cards are really funny and have great art. if you're a fan of b-movies especially, this is one of those games you could play again and again. after awhile though, you will likely start wishing there were more cards though, as the same ones are always important every game.


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