Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game
When I attended Gen Con 50 this past August, I had a shopping list of “must have” games that I did not want to leave the convention without. When the doors opened Thursday morning, I beat feet to the Cryptozoic booth first thing and picked up the Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game.
The game is based on the Season 1 episode of Adult Swim’s hit series Rick and Morty called “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”, where a multitude of Ricks and Mortys from different realities go on a cross-dimensional pursuit with the authorities in an attempt to prove to the council of Ricks the innocence of a falsely blamed Rick, who was accused of murder. In the game, players to become various versions of Rick as they try to take down the Council of Ricks and Evil Rick.
Cerberus Deck Building Engine
If you are familiar with Cryptozoic’s Cerberus Engine and the numerous other deck building games that are built around this engine, then you will need little or no explanation on how to play this game. Basically, with the Cerberus Engine, players are assigned (by choice or at random) an oversized Super Hero card with a unique ability giving them an advantage in the game. Then, all players are given equal decks of 10 Starter-type cards each, which they use to build up power to acquire new cards from the line-up or attack and defeat enemies in play. The newly acquired cards are added to their discard pile, and shuffled into their decks for future use, also known as “deck building”.
The major difference in this game is the use of Portal Guns. Players use Portal Guns to access the otherworldly Location deck, which includes many familiar places Rick and Morty visit in the TV series. Each time a player uses a Portal Gun, they flip the top card of the Location deck and utilize that Location during his or her turn. They also have the option to pay the cost of the Location to add it to his or her deck for future use.
If you have any of the other Cryptozoic deck-building games, such as the DC deck-building games or Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis, the Cerberis Engine will allow you to mix and match these games together for extended play. If you always wanted to see Batman, Rick Sanchez, and Finn the Human together in battle against the Joker, well, now you can.
When I heard that Cryptozoic was releasing a Rick and Morty branded deck-building game, I was very excited. I am a huge fan of the DC deck-building games, and since it was the first deck-building game that I learned and fell in love with, I will always be a fan. I’m also a huge Rick and Morty fan, so I wanted to see what sort of spin Cryptozoic would put on the game. It’s pretty fun, but nothing new.
As a DC Deck Building game player, I have pretty much all of the versions and expansions. So when I opened this box, it seemed a little sparse. This game is based on the Season 1 episode of Rick and Morty that features a multitude of Ricks from different realities, and that’s all we really see here. Now that we are 3 seasons deep into Rick and Morty, I hope that there are future expansions planned. Otherwise, this game will have little replay value. So, unless you are a die-hard Rick and Morty fan, this one is a take it or leave it (at this point in time). But, if you have a friend in your life that you want to introduce to deck building games, and they are a fan of Rick and Morty, then this is a great introductory game.
For a better look at what’s inside the box, check out my unboxing video over at the Time to Play! YouTube channel.
Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game will be available at retailers nationwide on November 15, 2017. It can be pre-ordered at most online retailers or your Friendly Local Game Store. The first run of the game will include a “Promo Rick” oversized Rick card in every box.
- Number of Players: 2-5
- Ages: 17+
- Playtime: 30-45 minutes
- MSRP: $40