Entropy – from designers Allen Chang, Alistair Kearney, Artist Mikhail Yakovlev and Australian company Rule & Make – Card Game Review,
Setup, Gameplay and Story of Entropy
So what is “Entropy” you may well ask? Well, “Entropy” is a competitive card game of action management and strategy for 2 to 6 players.
The overall premise is really cool, players are stuck in a Nexus, all of their home worlds have collided and they need to try and get back home. Problem is your world is fractured and needs to be reformed. Once your world is put back together, you can leap into the portal and find your way home.
Sounds simple, but it’s not, you see everyone wants to get home and only the first person to reform their home world will make it back. Each character has a unique character ability and special actions and therein lay the strategy. “Entropy” is surprisingly deep for a game with a fairly small deck. The game continues until one player has revealed all four fragments from their character’s reality.
Entropy, a beautifully made game from Australian publishers Rule & Make.
We’re not going to go into all the rules (not that there are many), because we want to talk about the setting and thematic nature of this small box game. “Entropy” is a beautiful looking game, artist Mikhail Yakovlev has done a wonderful job of bringing alien worlds to life (through mini panorama’s once the cards are laid out in sequence). Characters too are wonderfully done in a sort of serious cartoon style. One player noted “this reminds me of that Sega game Flashback from back in the day” another suggesting Mass Effect overtones. Whatever the case the overall look of the game is really quite captivating.
Setup literally takes a couple of minutes – real simple and only changes slightly dependent on the number of players (all described really clearly within the rules).
Play time ranges from ten to 25 minutes – or did in our various playthroughs – dependent on the number of players and that’s plenty. Speaking of player numbers, the 3+ player game was better than the two-player, but this was actually still a fun two-player game and here’s why. In the two-player game you know both worlds are in play, so your world fragments are either still in the Nexus or in the hand of your opponent. This actually makes for a tighter – and some might suggest more cutthroat – game, which is pretty cool.
Just gorgeous, look at that artwork. You can’t feel the quality in this image, but it’s there, trust us.
Game Build Quality
Honestly, this is a lovely build, from the box, to the cards, to the play board. Everything about “Entropy” just reeks of quality. The slip top box is sturdy and features some really sweet gloss elements over a dark matte finish. The insert does its job of holding the cards and they’ve left enough room for you to sleeve them. The cards are a lovely textured stock and designed perfectly. There’s really not a whole lot else to say, as build quality goes, “Entropy” is top notch. Kudos to Rule & Make for not scrimping on this aspect of their game.
Gameapalooza House Rules
None, the rules work well just the way they are.
“Entropy” is a great little game, well made, thematic, just enough strategy to keep you interested (though deeper gamers may feel it lacking). Is it something you’re going to play constantly, no. Is it something you might play as a warm-up or if you’re pressed for time, definitely. The quality is on point, the theme is brought to life via beautiful artwork and we feel you should definitely try and get a game in. If you enjoy it, buy this sucker! Support Aussie tabletop designers, especially those putting in the hard yards when it comes to good production quality.
2 – 6 Players
Setup Time: Under a minute
[author] [authorimage timthumb=’off’]/content/images/2016/02/gameapalooza-micro-review-icon-sm.gif[/authorimage] [authorinfo]Micro Review – A solid small box game. Great production quality, fantastic artwork, nice theme and simple to understand rules. “Entropy” is definitely a game you should check out if you’re looking for sweet filler. As it’s an Australian game, you might find it hard to come by in some stores, but fear not, you can purchase it directly from Rule & Make and at $28AUD, that’s pretty great value. [/authorinfo] [/author]