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Game review: Fight for Olympus: Unleash the heroes of legend

Posted September 18

The two-player game Fight for Olympus by Mayfair Games is a race to equip and recruit heroes, heroines, soldiers, titans and demigods to fight. In six areas, players score points, gain power or draw additional cards to earn victory. Play time is about 30 minutes.

A slim board with six slots on each player's side is placed on the table. A victory point track is featured on the top of the board. Each player is dealt six cards. The cards depict soldiers and heroes that can fight by occupying the six slots on the game board on a respective player's side of the board.

As players look at their initial set of six cards, they decide which cards to play based on what they can afford. Some cards (especially the most powerful ones) require a player to spend other cards to be able to play. For example, player one has the Agamemnon hero card that requires two blue, a green and a yellow card to play. Player one discards these four colored cards in order to play Agamemnon.

Another key decision is where to place a hero or soldier card. Each player has six slots available. Three slots allow a player to score victory points, two allow a player to acquire resources to play more cards and one slot allows a player to draw a card. To activate these bonuses, an opposing slot must be vacant. Otherwise, the two opposing forces must fight.

Each hero and army card has an attack and life value. Attacks go against a card's life value. If the life value is exceeded, the card is destroyed and goes to the discard pile. Unless the opposing player gets another card in that slot on his or her turn, an opponent will score the bonus for that slot on the next turn.

The final step of a player's turn is to draw two cards. The play then rotates to the next player. There are three ways for the game to end: Occupy all six slots for one turn, score seven victory points or allow the draw deck to run out.

Making crucial decisions is at the heart of Fight for Olympus. The hero cards often have special ability text that breaks the rules of the game, and these abilities can be triggered at different times to devastating effect. Knowing where, when and which cards to play is important. There are lots of strategic decisions.

It must be said that the artwork on the board and cards of this game is exceptional. It fits the Greek theme well. Many of the images are unique and only found on a single card. The components are top quality and typical of a Mayfair Games board game. Excellent job here.

The best decision Mayfair Games made in producing this game was to make sure each of the hero and heroine cards were unique in both gameplay and art. Gamers like variety, especially in games such as this that feature heavy card play. This element alone makes this game rise above the average.

Fight for Olympus is a good two-player game. It is above average compared to other two-player games on the market and worthy of good look. It sets up easily and is not hard to learn to play. Replaying the game takes only a moment to shuffle the deck. Find out more at https://www.mayfairgames.com/products/fight-olympus.

Email: rmorgenegg@deseretnews.com

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