Smash Up, designed by Paul Peterson, is the all-new Shufflebuilding game from Alderac Entertainment Group.  In Smash Up players take two factions, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine their decks into a force to be reckoned with!

Summary Review

SmashUp is a fun card management game with a lot of interaction between players, set to a fun theme.

Players start the game by selecting (or randomly drawing) two of the available 8 factions.  In the base game, these are Wizards, Zombies, Pirate, Leprechauns, Dinosaurs, Aliens, Ninja and Mechanicals.  In this way you form your own mixed ability set, for example Pirate-Zombies, Dinosaur-Wizards, etc.  Each faction has its own special ability – for example Pirates can change their minds and move between bases, Zombies don’t stay dead and often come out from the discard pile.

The objective of the game is to gain victory points.  You do this by trying to capture bases, or to meet the specific conditions of a base.  Players take it in turns to commit their character cards to a base of their choosing, with each character having a value.  Other players can also go for the same base(s) and once the combined value of all characters on a base meets the base value, it scores.

Action cards allow players to interact with each other and change the default conditions of play, such as making someone miss a turn or stopping them from placing a faction on a base.

There is a high degree of player interaction, and any plans or strategy is very likely to be undone by someone else’s move.

The artwork is wonderful and the different combinations can be a lot of fun to play.  There are also a lot of expansions providing a high degree of replayability if you make that investment.

Our Ratings:

Repeat Play Score: 4/5
Gateway Score: 3/5
Thematic Score: 4/5
Component Score: 3/5

In the UK, you can get this from Amazon for about £20, from Alderac Games.


  • 160 Minion & Action Cards
  • 16 Base cards
  • 12-page Rulebook

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