Heldentaufe: Game Review

Game: Heldentaufe  Players: 2- 4
Self Published  Age: 12 +
 Time: 45 minutes  Replayability: 8/10

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Heldentaufe has redefined the idea of modular fantasy action adventure board gaming runs (mouth full). Heldentaufe pits 2- 4 players against the upper world and the Netherworld in the search  for teeth collected through exploration, quests, and battling enemies in the Netherworld.  The Netherworld is a dungeon full of traps, monsters, and treasures with the potential to be rewarded greatly.

“The unique experience of Heldentaufe arises from two distinct but connected realms: The Upper World and the Netherworld. Heroes can travel back and forth between both worlds through portals.

Events and activities in the Upper World are mostly serene and peaceful. Harvest natural goods, carry out missions and trade items. Somewhere hidden in the Netherworld lies a bright and shiny treasure – but what underworld would be complete without monsters and traps?

Heldentaufe is easy to learn and has all the key ingredients of a true adventure game: discovering treasures, collecting items, completing missions, and battling monsters.” (Source)

I enjoyed the crafting system within Heldentaufe which allows you to build your character through items they carry and potion they can brew. Most games stick to a very simple design forcing players to endure tasks that quest you with similar rewards which makes the game nothing more than a race to the finish. However, Heldentaufe rewards players who complete quests with an assortment of options such as teeth and items that can help upgrade your character. I think this option pushes forward this game as a compelling design and pushes the envelope of choice being an important and vital role throughout your adventure. One gripe I tend to notice through my playthroughs are the levelling up ceiling which no longer gives any monster a threatening advantage. I notice that when we are all capped out, it’s more of a race to the finish than a dangerous decision (to battle in the Netherworld).

All in all, Heldentaufe is a very exciting and very family oriented adventure game that anyone can enjoy. While I wouldn’t recommend it to novice players without the guidance of a more experienced player, I don’t see why they wouldn’t enjoy themselves. This game definitely does not cater to the moderate board game players, as this might be a bit too deep for them. My novice/non gamer friends don’t even look twice at this game before picking out some of their favorites including Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, and *shutters Monopoly (which I’ve removed from my game shelf since).

You will like this game if you want a fun take on dungeon crawling. It has some cooperative elements engulfed by a lot of competition. What I mean by that is while you are all competing, there are bigger challenges that can stand in the way of all of you.

You will not like this game if you want a lighter style board game. This is a game full of components and rules. It can be a bit overbearing to understand and it may feel repetitive to some.

 

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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