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Pretty Pretty Smash Up

| Published: 2015
Expansion for Smash Up
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Think only pirates, time travelers, vampires, and bears can smash bases? Well get ready to be taught a lesson… in the nicest way possible!

Pretty Pretty Smash Up brings the sweetest factions ever to the vicious fight for victory! Kitty Cats use their incredible cuteness to take control of enemy minions. Princesses ply their royalty, beauty and even their love to get their way. Fairies’ fickle tricks give you options like never before, while the herds of Mythic Horses work together for dominance. Get ready: your opponents will never know what hit them!

Fairies – From deep in the magical glades come these little sprites, bringing magical wishes and pixie dust (but only in emergencies) to your plans for world domination. Don’t judge them by their size. The Fairies’ magic gives you great options in how to deal with your enemies.

Mythic Horses – The power of togetherness shows through in Horses, whose mighty herds race across the land, trampling any who stand in their way. Not only normal horses, but pegasi, sea-horses and more will join the fight for the base! Remember that friendship is… smashable!

Kitty Cats – Can haz base? Kitty Cats have the power to compel those of weak will to do what they wish… and the power to have billions of internet memes. Perhaps those are the key? Either way, the Kitty Cats will use their alluring power to dominate the fight at any base. Then head out for a night of jazzy music in the alleys!

Princesses – Dream a dream of ruling over your enemies! Princesses will make every wish come true through the power of pure love and happiness. Which can be used, oddly, to order everyone about, and even destroy your enemies. Don’t be fooled: these innocent-looking beauties are few in number, but royal, strong and determined!

Combine these groups into teams of two for various effects! Pretty Pretty Smash Up also contains 8 new Base cards to compete over.

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“They're pretty alright, pretty darned awesome”

Quick Review…
Do you own and like Smash Up? Do you want more variety of factions that are unique, change strategies, and pair well with others? If you answered yes to these questions, then buy Pretty Pretty Smash Up.

Longer Review
I own all of the expansions except OC. From my observations good Smash Up expansions…
1.) provide that element of discovery with faction pairings.
2.) offer more combinations, counters, strategies and pairings.
3.) don’t change game time or rules too much.

The above are the most important for game play, and this expansion nails all of them. This expansion also offers silly and appealing factions with fun names and art that make it an even more fun experience.

This set deals a lot with control, either controlling actions, controlling bases, controlling minions, or moving minions. However, there is still a lot of variety within this set…

The Factions!
Mythical Horses
(Shooting star leaving a trail of rainbows) Friendship is magic! These ponies get stronger when other minions are around. Some cards allow them to drop down a ridiculous amount of power on a single turn. They can move, play some extra minions, and get powerful but don’t really have any offensive or many defensive cards. This is a power group.

Weaken opponents with your cuteness, and then take control! Kittens are all about temporarily weakening and then gaining control of other minions. So they can ruin base breaks. Their weakening ability also makes any offensive actions or abilities much more powerful. However, they also have the sometimes helpful ability to destroy one of their own minions to play another minion or draw a card. So take control of another minion then destroy it to your benefit! They are pretty annoying to play against since they can quickly swing power their way. This is a good control/support group.

Natural defense against the cyber apes. These fairies can move actions that have been played on minions to other minions. So you can steal good actions like Flying monkey and Uberserum. They are also quite good at defending bases. Something also unique to the fairies are that they give you choice about what you want to do. Do you want to play an extra action or draw a card? Well, you have a choice and this makes them more strategic to play. Good defense/control group.

They only have 6 minions but they are all 5 power. Those 5 power minions are all tough cookies. For instance one princess talent is to destroy a minion of power 2 or less. Another princess has the talent to move minions. They deal a lot with movement, getting stuff out of your discard, destroying low power minions, and there are actions that make them stronger. Since there are only 6, it makes where and when you play them very important. Additionally, having fewer minions makes GETTING them important, if they are towards the bottom of your deck, you are in trouble. Pairing them with a good draw deck is helpful. I kind of think of them as generals who can control where other minions go and what they do. Good power/control group.

In Conclusion…
It’s fun to see this game evolve, from the comparatively straight forward base set to the even more strategic and interesting factions in Pretty Pretty Smash Up. The base set and Awesome 9000 are great sets to introduce beginners, and then you can add the other expansions once they have a feel for the game.

One possible gripe is that once you play with some of the more recent factions, some of the originals don’t seem as much fun to play with. For instance the kitties and fairies have many more options and strategies available to them than the tricksters or pirates. However, people always enjoy playing certain factions over others. Even though these are great factions, I love playing with the kitties and fairies, my favorites are still the Mad Scientists, Ants, Shapeshifters and Ghosts (and I used to hate the ghosts!). My group has never really been fond of the zombies, despite their horde creating ability. Different people will gain attachments to different factions based on how the faction plays, what strategies they think are fun, and the silliness of the cards (I have one friend who just loves the bear cavalry for their names and artwork). Also, sometimes old, less fun factions can become powerhouses when paired with a new faction (über serum on a first mate is a lot of fun…also using vampires to kill your own gremlins to draw a card, gain power, and have you opponent discard is pretty great) So while the older factions may not be as flashy they still pair very well with the newer sets and are fun to play with. It’s a great game that continues to build upon itself and evolve with it’s players.

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53 of 61 gamers found this helpful
“Cute but deadly”

Never have I seen an expansion with such raw power before.
These guys get it done. Kittens are hard core board staters with abilities to knock out their own. mix with the OG Zombies and you have an absolute power house. The fairies are the second half of geeks and a god send answer for anyone who thinks it’s fun to play with steampunks or cyber apes. Princesses, dear lord. All one of 5 power minions and they don’t play fair with frying pans and true love’s kisses. And ponies. THE PONIES! Because we needed one more reason to play with our robots.
This expansion is a MUST have addition to your game. You wont regret the added power to any game of smash up.


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