A Universe of monsters
The UNIMO board game is a new card game by Mo’Games. Its available now on Kickstarter with 16 days left to go at the time of writing. It has already been fully funded so this game will definitely be getting made whether you back or not. The artists involved have a pretty impressive portfolio so this is certainly one to take a look at.
Each playthrough takes around 18 minutes and the game is designed to be played as short games with high replayability. The game can be played by 2 players or more of ages 8 and above. There are recommendations for scaling for higher and lower player counts which is always appreciated. Combine this with the portability of the game and it has a chance of becoming a staple in my list of portable board games to recommend.
UNIMO Board Game
In UNIMO players must become monsters to beat other players. Each monster is based on a world. Each world is based loosely on the different elements i.e. fire, water etc. The starter kit comes with the Fire, Rock and Ice worlds. It is recommended to have a number of worlds equal to the number of players for an optimal experience.
To begin the game, the cards from each world are all shuffled together and each player is dealt 8 cards. Players then take it in turns to play cards. There are two types of cards that can be played, Monsters and Action cards. All cards are associated with a specific world.
When playing a monster card, another monster from the same world can be played as long as it has a higher value. Value is signified by the number in the corner of the cards. If the monster is from a different world then the value must match exactly. This can lead to interesting combinations and exciting monster chains!
When playing an action card it must either be neutral or match the world that is currently in play. The full list of actions is on the Kickstarter page but there is a wide variety. For example shields, earthquakes, battles, bonfires etc. Each action has a unique effect which can alter the game greatly.
The first player to get rid of all their cards wins!
This UNIMO board game Kickstarter has some considerable artistic talent behind it. Max Grecke is the character illustrator behind UNIMO and he is known for his previous work at both Blizzard and Riot.
The artwork available for this game so far is really impressive. It looks incredibly professional and seriously cool. As the monsters for each world increase in value, the size and impressiveness of the monster increases.
Each monster looks like it evolved from the previous and the theme of each world is very clear and ties all of the cards in that world together.
Additionally all the extra artwork like boxes, play mats (stretch goal) also looks incredible and would make for awesome additions to the game.
The UNIMO board game Kickstarter has already surpassed its goal and is now heading towards some awesome looking stretch goals! There are still over 2 weeks left at the time of writing so hopefully a decent number of these can be achieved.
The game is split up into 2 parts, a starter kit and an expansion. The designers intend to keep creating expansions and are doing a great job of getting the community involved to design and vote for new worlds and monsters.
The starter kit comes with 3 worlds, rock, fire and ice. Following the recommendations of the designers this should be enough for 2-4 players.
The expansion adds the undead and storm worlds taking the total to 6 available worlds at launch for up to 6 players.
The Kickstarter price for the starter pack is around £16 and is around £26 for both the starter pack and expansion. There are more expensive options for collector’s editions and for larger quantities.
Mo’Games say they are working with Cartamundi to get the game into backer’s hands as quickly as possible. The Kickstarter estimate says September but Mo’Games have no stretch goals for figurines or products that would require more development with the aim of getting backers the game as fast as they can.
This game looks really cool in my opinion. The artwork is fun and appealing for people of all ages, the games are short enough that teaching and playing with pretty much anyone should be easy and the game seems small enough for me to chuck in my backpack when I travel for work.
UNIMO board game has already been funded and the stretch goals look really cool and include a companion app to act as a backdrop and dynamic game table! So if you think this game might be your thing then head over to the Kickstarter page and take a look. If you decide to back then let us know in the comments and make sure to tell Mo’Games that we sent you!
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