Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Designer: Steve Jackson
Artwork: From the Topps Mars Attacks Archives
Munckin Apocalypse is one of the newer variations of Steve Jackson Games’ multigenre Munchkin card game, and it’s a bit different than others. It introduces a new mechanic with SEAL cards – open seven seals, and the game ends, no matter what level everyone is on, and whoever has the highest valued equipment wins automatically.
Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks! brings us the license from the Topps trading card property, using some of the original card art with Munchkin rules to make a pretty fun addition to Munchkin Apocalypse.
I should warn you, though – you’re not going to be able to use these with any other sets. The rules for the monsters and items tie in so specifically with the Apocalypse classes that they’d be useless anywhere else.
You get a slightly fatter pack of cards than you normally do with a Munchkin booster, as two of the fifteen cards included are new seals, which do some REALLY nasty stuff when in play – Reality TV in particular – and they’ll really shake things up.
The treasure cards give you a bunch of fairly decent bonuses, but aren’t really anything too special – just more stuff to fight over with the other players, which is always good. I commend this set for not having one of the standard GO UP A LEVEL cards you usually get in every Munchkin booster. Those always feel like kind of a waste to me, as I’d rather have a weapon with a cool bonus instead – and this booster delivers just that.
The door cards are monster heavy, as they should be in a set like this, but there’s a little to be desired here, as NONE OF THEM ARE THE COOL MARTIAN SOLDIERS. Four of the monsters have bonuses against one of the four classes in Apocalypse, and this is a way to add some higher level monsters to your deck, which is always a good thing.
While the original art is great and all, the way it’s edited together with a LOT of negative space doesn’t really leave for the most visually appealing cards; I feel like this could have been done differently, maybe with a text box over the original art, and given us something a little more visually striking.
You may have seen my review for Munchkin Gets Promoted here on the site; that one had a lot more game changing stuff in it; this set is more like a little more of everything that you already get in Munchkin Apocalypse, but with two seal cards that will shake things up. If you want something that will be a little more substantial, you might want to wait for the full 100-plus card expansion for Apocalypse that is coming soon.
Check out our review of Munchkin Gets Promoted