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Hera and Zeus

English language edition


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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Richard Borg

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

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Product Description

When Gods feud, the earth quakes! Zeus, the father of the Gods, and his wife Hera often disagreed on matters both earthly and olympic. Eventually, the disagreement became a full-fledged feud with both Zeus and Hera calling upon the other Gods from Olympus and mortals from earth to support him or her against the other. Cyclops, Amazon, Medusa, Hydra, Pegasus, and others joined the feud. The players take the roles of Hera and Zeus and use strategy and cunning to pit their allies against the allies of the other. It is winner take all for control of Olympus!

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Product Information

Contents:

  • 86 cards
  • 1 Zeus figure
  • 1 Hera figure
  • 2 summary cards
  • 1 rule booklet
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Average Rating: 4.4 in 34 reviews

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by Red3
Disappointing
January 03, 2008

Hera and Zeus looks like it has promise, but I was disappointed. I don't like the victory conditions (there are about four or five different ways the game can end - some very abrupt). And I didn't much like the blind luck 'strategy'. Ultimately, I didn't find it much fun to play.

If it weren't trying to be so much like "Stratego with cards", I feel it would be a better game.

On the other hand, Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation had the opposite effect on me. The victory conditions are well defined and logical. The strategy grows on you as you learn to utilize the abilities of the characters. A much better choice if you like this type of game, in my opinion.

 
 
 
 
 
Easy to learn, difficult to master.
April 19, 2007

If you like fair games that rely more on skill than on luck, this is the game for you! Both players have equivalent decks, so winning has to do more with playing your cards right, and at times, some calculated bluffing! Learning the game is pretty easy, it is just a matter of memorizing what each card does and playing the game a couple of times. For those of you who don't like games that rely on memorizing card functions, fear not! There is a handy cheat-sheet for you to refer to in-game.

My long-term fascination with the game has to do with how a seemingly simple game can draw upon so many modes of strategy to become truly proficient in playing it. It is possible to have an incredibly strong first hand, and blow the game, or an incredibly weak hand and win it all. It is all to do with who you're playing, and how well you can skill your way through. Are you ready for the fun and up to the challenge?

 
 
 
 
 
Tons of replay value
November 22, 2005
After playing a couple of times, I thought the game would lose its freshness and I'd tire of it in short order. 70+ games later, and I have to say I still enjoy it. The interplay between strategy and luck makes the game always interesting. I do not find that one victory condition predominates significantly, and altering your strategy can easily influence the way in which the game is won or lost. This makes for moments when your strategy must shift midgame, and identifying that point is key for victory.

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