Ikusa

2012-01-19T20:26:07.153-07:00

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So it has been a long time since I have done a game review, but for X-mas this year Santa brought me an old favorite of mine, rebranded. Ikusa is a release from Wizards of the Coast that was originally known as Samurai Swords, and Shogun before that.

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I have some fond memories of playing this game. It is a lot like risk, but with a little more strategy, but not so much that it is painful.

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Here is the inside of the box. This is the wonderful organized view that you get before you actually unwrap everything.

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Here is everything unwrapped all of the various pieces and what not, save the board and directions.

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Here are your mans. Daimyo and his flag bearer, samurai, bowman, gunner, and spearman.

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I really like the screen that each player gets, each screen has an amazing unique piece of art on it, I really appreciate details like that.

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Individual player screens are always helpful which is why I am really in favor of them in general. Just having that little reminder shaves hours off of playtime for looking up rules and remembering the turn order.

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Here are your castles which you can use to fortify positions.

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And here are ronin that you can hire to shore up your numbers for your army. They are really helpful for surprise attacks.

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Another strategic part of the game is kook (money) management. You can use it to buy your turn order, hire ninjas, and hire ronin. It is a really important element of the game. Keep your money behind your screen.

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Here are your territory cards, very familiar from risk, they operate in a similar capacity.

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I have noticed a trend that all rulebooks are these big floppy flimsy things now. They lay open easy but… not very lap friendly when the game table has all the space taken up.

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And finally the game board… which is just a bit to big for my photo tent. Someday I will invest in a larger one.


Ok so… I may be a bit partial to Ikusa because, in general, my win rate is higher than in other military strategy games. Perhaps it is because I am that much more motivated to conquer Japan and control the supply of delicious snacks and anime.

So normally I would have more to type about a game but really it cannot be described better than Risk Japan+ some extra strategic elements, and really that is all you should need to tell someone before they go out and buy it.

So buy it.



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