Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

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Manufacturer: Upper Deck Entertainment

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game is a cooperative game set in the Alien universe. Players will take on the roles of commanders of a Commander, Gunner, Synthetic or any of the ten role cards while recruiting powerful allies such as Ripley, Corporal Dwayne Hicks or Christie the Mercenary.

Legendary Encounters will take players on a terrifying journey through all four feature film: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection as they work together to complete challenging mission objectives. Scan Rooms, Attack Xenomorphs, avoid Facehuggers, and try, TRY to avoid the ultimate death...becoming the victim of a ravenous Chestburster. If a player's fate is destined to this horrific demise, then that player will take on the role of a Xenomorph and try to stop the other players from completing their mission objectives. Work Together or Die Trying...Welcome to Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game.

600 Playable Cards
Redesigned Legendary Game Engine
Rubber Playmat (14.5in x 33in)
Rule Book
Divider Cards

Ages: 17+
Players: 1-5
Game Length: 30-60 minutes




like it a lot
I've played a few deck building games, this is by far my favorite. I love that you can be the alien after you die and try to kill off your teammates. There's a good twist by having an agenda you can be good or evil before dying. You can try to sabotage your team by not helping them when they need it. Then if they start to die off, your winning by them losing. Or you can die on purpose then come back as an alien and try to attack them.
Now you don't have to play that way, you can play a deck building as normal just trying to make it thru to the end of the game all alive and helping each other.
Just double check all cards are in the box when getting them, upper deck has been known for leaving a card out here or there sometimes. You'll have to contact upper deck and let them know which one is missing to get a replacement.
We didn't have a problem and all cards were accounted for.
Even if you haven't seen the movies you can play this game.
Not like the Marvel deck building games, unfortunately I started on this game before playing Marvel deck building. If I had started with Marvel I may like them better. But this game had set the bar of deck building. When I tried Marvel, I didn't like it.
Harry Potter deck building game had also set the bar as a twist to the deck building games as well for me. -another 5 stars on that one.
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Review by bubblerider on 11/25/2017
How Gameplay Should Compliment Theme
Solid cooperative game that includes several options to adjust difficulty higher or lower. Would recommend at least 3 players but 2 players works well enough and you could play 2 characters solo as well.

I'm a big Alien series fan and I have to say this is one of the best cases of gameplay matching theme I've seen in a board game. It definitely is a tense experience full of surprises. Each scenario is based on one of the movies and each one of them fits their movie well. Flavor text taken from the movies is also an enjoyable touch. Often you win by the skin of your teeth or have huge strokes of luck washed away by a couple of bad turns as everything unravels. Yet my brothers and I found we felt that better decisions earlier in the game could have prevented these random disasters.

Gameplay involves playing cards to build up your deck of characters or using attack to kill enemies or reveal upcoming cards. Most things can be prevented but some things can't which leads to a tension where you don't want to see what's next but you know you have to move forward. A lot of cards can be used to help allies adding a team conscious element to decisions. Neat combo system encourages players to take different styles of play and fill different roles. Definately I game you explore and not spoil every card before playing.

Only downsides are the quality of the cards, bizarre organization when unboxing, and the inconsistent artwork. Definately buy sleeves and organize before your first play. Also, some of the artwork has violent content that some parents may not want children to see (but then again this is Alien).

Final suggestions: If you like Alien, you'll enjoy this theme. It does the films justice. Resist the urge to spoil the cards before playthrough. Read the role cards but only read the deck location for the rest of the cards. Excellent team game with lots of replay ability.
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Review by Jared on 10/6/2016
A Good Game, But Not For Me
Let me start by saying I am not an "Alien" fan. So I know almost nothing about this world. I am reviewing this solely on the boardgame's merits.

Now that that's out of the way, on to the review. I was told that this game was basically a cooperative Dominion. That is a bit misleading. It IS a deck builder, but Dominion it is not.

Quality wise, there are no concerns. Everything seems thought out, the box makes sense, they give you a playmat to organize everything while playing. No problems there at all. For what you get, it's worth the price. For me, value drops in the actual gameplay.

I felt this game was mediocre. Not bad, but it didn't draw me in either. The mechanics are pretty simple, and gameplay flows in a predictable manner, but I just never felt connected to the game at all. Perhaps it's my ignorance of the source material. I have not played the game extensively, but it seems like it may be geared to lose. That in and of itself is not a bad thing. I realize that I will likely lose every game of Pandemic I play, but it's a challenge and it really draws me in to the game by having to coordinate with my team. This game did not do that. Sure, there are "Coordinate" abilities, but you can't always use them. Your team may or may not be able to do anything to help you, and not because they don't have a card to help, but because the card isn't specific enough to the situation. So there's no way to work together with teammates in many instances. In one turn, my entire party went from doing very well and on track to win, to all dead and game over. Again, I haven't played extensively and this may be a fluke. Regardless, that aspect and my lack of connectedness to the game mean it's not something I'd ever buy. I might play if there's a game happening, but I would never bring it up.

To sum up, it's a solid game, mechanics-wise and build quality-wise. However, I found it hard to engage with the game. Overall, I think this game is so-so. Not bad, but not my cup of tea, either.
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Review by James on 11/18/2015
Stay frosty with this great deck building game
Legendary Encounters continues Upperdeck's tradition of combining deck building with a well known IP. In this case, the first 4 alien franchise films are the focus and players relive the terrifying moments of those films.

Different from the marvel legendary games is players assume a character roll with defense, hit points, and a unique card for their deck. In this version you can be killed. Player's assume roles of various solder types or corporate characters seen in the Aliens universe.

Also, games are broken up into 3 missions which must be completed in order. They can be kill, find, or even activate missions. New cards such as "events" and "hazards" take the place of plot twist and schemes. They add new challenges to the game that keep the tension fun and real.

The game is truly enjoyable for Sci-Fi action films. The decks of enemies, events, and buyable character cards each fit the movie they represent. Aliens has a lot of firepower, while characters from Alien have less combat oriented abilities.

My favorite addition is the game mat. Flexible and rollable. It is easy to store and gorgeous.

My only drawback is the box itself. It is a giant mess and can be hard to organize, prep games, and put away. It is only includes foam dividers and labels you have to hand write.

That minor annoyance aside, this game is great deck builder that with lots of variation and fun to be had.
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Review by Wireframe on 9/30/2015
Game over man!
A coop deck builder for 1-5 players pitting you against an unending hoard of alien warriors,and face huggers. A brick of a box for the price. All components are high quality. Box has built in dividers for 2 rows of cards and the game mat. Game provides a very suspenseful ride thru the world of Alien. Choose your characters from the majority of the cast of the core 4 films, you can mix and match characters and scenarios from the 4 films to keep things fresh every game. One thing I really like about the mechanics are that the game gets progressively harder the more players at the table making teamwork absolutely essential to victory.
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Review by Thomas on 9/8/2015
Excellent Addition to the Legendary Family
I was hesitant to buy this at first because while I have seen most of the Alien films I am not a diehard fan. However, I am a big fan of Marvel Legendary so I tried this out. The gameplay is very similar to Marvel Legendary (as they use the same engine and symbols). In fact, you can mix the marvel hero cards into this game and vice versa if you wanted. It is actually more compatible with soon to be released Predators Legendary game.

Nevertheless, the Aliens game is different enough to warrant a purchase even if you have the Marvel set. Unlike the marvel game, Aliens Legendary is a true co-operative game as the MVP aspect has been removed entirely. Because of this the game is actually more challenging in my opinion and I actually like the mechanics of this game slightly better than Marvel legendary. For added challenge, this game also allows two optional modes where someone may be a traitor and/or players killed during the game can come back as alien players and attack the remaining living characters.
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Review by Ben on 9/1/2015
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