Sunday, October 16, 2011

TOP TRUMPS HORROR cards


Halloween is on the way!

What a perfect time to review this deluxe set!
For the "Four Horsemen" game scroll down lower to the blood-red fonts!

***REVIEW***
The cards are nice quality, they come with a really nice glow-in-the-dark case, I find that really cool because I just like things that illuminate in the dark for some reason!
I know when I was a kid I would end up damaging and even losing the cards, so it's really thoughtful of them to include a case.
There is a variation where the actual cards have some glow-in-the-dark on them, mine is just the case, which to me is just as cool but in a different way.
The art work is good, looks almost like a painting. And there are 6 different stats displayed so you can compare the cards to each other. There is even a short description which is some quick but sweet reading material that can instantly put you in the mood for horror.

STATS
1. FEAR FACTOR
2. KILLER INSTINCT
3. GUTS AND GORE
4. PHYSICAL POWER
5. BLACK MAGIC
6. HORROR HALL OF FAME

There are 30 cards, all of them are familiar characters from horror films and stories.
With these cards you can play a game of "War" with a tiny little twist thanks to the stats.
On their turn, a player calls out the stat of their choice before everyone reveals their card and the card with the higher number wins, taking the loser's cards. Calling out the stats give it slightly more variation and thinking involved.
Even with the modification, it's still an overly simple game geared more towards children.

The TOP TRUMPS cards were highly popular in the UK back in the day, with many types of various subject matters such as sports, super heroes, military jets, warships, super cars, wild life, Dr. Who, and tons more!

This is exactly the kind of toy that brings me back to nostalgia lane, because I could see myself as a kid just marveling at the art work and reading the descriptions over and over, comparing stats, memorizing the cards during a road trip. Kid's today just play their portable video games and probably would have a hard time understanding the splendor of this kind of item!


"THE FOUR HORSEMEN"
The Four Horsemen is a variation on the normal rules and it is a little bit more complex and allows for some more strategy.

The game has been play tested with 2 players only. It seems like it would be fine with 3 or 4.

Object of the game: Player with the highest sum of "Horror Hall of Fame" points wins.

First shuffle the deck really good.
Next, pass out 4 cards to each player. Players should not show their cards to other players.
Then players will take out 1 card from their hand and place in the middle to do TOPS TRUMPS HORROR style game of war. Round 1 is "Fear Factor". The rounds will go in order of the stats until they get to "Black Magic" which is the last round. You may make "Horror Hall of Fame" as your last round for a total of 6 rounds. If you want a longer game you can keep playing and start over again from "Fear Factor".
At the end simply add up the "Horror Hall of Fame" points in your hand and the player with the highest points wins. By going down the stats in order for each round, it makes the game play more predictable and less random. This allows for a more strategic play.

The winner of each round gets playing card from the other players, and trade with all the cards they won that round until they end up with four in their hand. Toss the rest under the pile.
At the start of each round players must always have 4 cards.
Players who lost their card will draw a new card from the deck.


***ADVANCED RULES***
Each player before the game, calls out a "Ten Card" which is usually their favorite card. During the game if you actually get your own "ten card", then only to you, that card is worth 10 Horror Hall of Fame points.


The cover card of the deck, can be used for the game. If you get the cover card, and you put it down during the war battle phase, then all the cards are returned to each player, and you chose a player from which you want to take a card of your choice from, you must discard the cover card to the bottom of the deck.

The advertisement card can also be used for the game as a wild card. If you get the advertisement card, then it simply doubles as a card already in your deck when counting up the Horror Hall of Fame points at the end of the game. You can also use the wild card for war.


FOUR HORSEMEN GAME


VIDEO REVIEW


CARD LIST
Banshee
Crazy Priest
Demon Doll
Dr. Jekyll
Dracula
El Diablo
Frankenstein's Monster
Ghost
Goblin
Grim Reaper

Killer Clown
Mad Axman
Mad Magician
Medusa
Minotaur
Phantom of the Opera
Quasimodo
Scarecrow
Skeleton Soldier
Sweeney Todd

The Alien
The Headless Horseman
The Mummy
The Robot
The Thing Under The Bed
The Yeti
Wicked Witch
Witch Doctor
Wolfman
Zombies

My 5 top favorite
5. Demon Doll
4. Killer Clown
3. The Alien
2. The Robot
1. Dracula


Not Included in mine
STT Loch Ness Monster (Glow-in-the-dark)

Cards not found in my set from the Glow-in-the-dark cards set.
Basilisk
Cerberus
Doppelgänger
Dracula's Slave
King Kong
Mad Butcher
Sphinx
Stone Age Ma
Swamp Creature
The Flaming Man

Cards I would have liked to seen
Carmilla
Cyclops
Dorian Gray
Dracula Bat Form
Dracula Myst Form
Dracula Wolf Form
Dracula's Daughter
Elizabeth Bathory
Evil Doll
Grendel
Grendel's Mother
Grey Alien
Kyonshee (Chinese Vampire)
Masked Butcher (Jason Vorhees)
Orochi
Spring-heeled Jack
The Black Knight
The Bride
Wolf Woman

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