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Star Wars Episode 1: Clash of the Lightsabers
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Star Wars Episode 1: Clash of the Lightsabers

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20 minutes 2

Designer(s): Craig Van Ness

Manufacturer(s): Hasbro, Parker Brothers

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Product Description

Darth Maul and Qui-Gon's duel-to-the-finish card game. Includes 2 collectible pewter figures.

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Average Rating: 4.3 in 3 reviews

Fast paced and fun... easy to learn
May 08, 2002

I am always looking for a new two player game that will be simple enough for my non-gamer wife to learn but will have enough complexity to interest her for multiple plays. Clash of the Lightsabers is one of those games. We are big fans of Lost Cities, Hera and Zeus, and The Reef (which I can never seem to win any more!). This game is most similar to Hera and Zeus with less special cards and therefore less complexity. However it plays just as well, and after the initial game there is no need to pick up the rulebook again. The play level of this game is just right for us. The game isn't overboard on the Star Wars theme, but has just enough to hook any Star Wars fan. The theme works but could have been many different movies or stories, the game would still be fun and challenging.

The play is fast and the rules are clear. Between each game new strategies emerge.

The pewter figures are excellent quality but the pictures on the victory track cards and basic attack cards are a little lacking, however they don't interfere with this excellent game.

Way to go Hasbro!

Surprisingly good for a 'movie game'
July 12, 2001

There is an unwritten rule in the game community that states that games based on movies generally suck. While the original Dune game came out years before the movie and was very good, the official movie tie-in was terrible. I could go on, but you can take my word for it. In general, the rule holds true.

It was no small surprise when my wife picked up a copy of this game as her prize at a local game gathering. I almost dismissed it outright, but then gave it a try. Much to my surprise, it is actually a good little two-player card game.

This game can be thought of as Condottiere for two, sans the luck-of-the-draw problems of that game. There is enough strategy here that it might even have been given a different theme and released as part of the excellent Kosmos two-player series.

With each player having an identical deck, a win or loss can't be blamed on the cards. As with Hera & Zeus and [/page 07364]Caesar & Cleopatra, the players make do with what they draw, knowing that eventually almost every card will, in fact, be used.

Pick this one up, it really is better than one would expect. And the miniatures are nice, too!

A movie tie-in game that DOESN'T suck!
January 28, 2000

Upon recommendation of some folks on-line, I got myself a copy of this little game. Before I even tore the shrinkwrap, I had my doubts. I mean here we have a movie tie-in game (always a bad sign) that was on the shelves alongside the first wave of toys (potential rush-job), bearing the same style artwork and logos as the myriad toys and bubble bath products, and to top it all off... the Hasbro logo!!! I definitely had my doubts!

But then I opened it up, unwrapped the two decks of cards and retrieved the rulebook. I knew I had something that deserved a second chance the moment I started reading through it. Easy to comprehend instructions!!! And on top of all that, it sounded like a great little game!

One player is Jedi Knight, Qui-Gon Jinn (hooray!) and the other is Sith Lord, Darth Maul (boo! hiss!) The object of the game is to defeat your opponent over the course of five 'duels'. Each duel consists of three 'battles' during which both players lay out 'power cards' to try to out-score one another. You begin each duel with a hand of 7 cards (although remaining cards from each preceding duel are kept in your hand). There are also 'special cards' that you may play that affect scoring or cards on the table or in your hand.

All-in-all, 'Clash Of The Lightsabers' is definitely worth the money! It is, sadly, a widely overlooked non-collectible card game from 1999 that should be in your collection! And though I (nor many others) don't say THIS too often... 'Thanks for a great game Hasbro!'

...and may The Force be with you...

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