Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Game Profile: Portal Of Heroes

A fantasy card game for 2 to 5 heroes.

Classification Fantasy Family Card Game
Mechanics Set Collection, Variable Player Powers
Publication Mayfair Games, 2016
Ages 10+
Time 45
Players 2 - 5

Portal Of Heroes comes in a small box, but carries more depth than the box size suggests.  Players will reach into a portal to grab creatures in order to summon them with pearls.  Each creature when summoned yields victory points and possibly an immediate or an ongoing ability.  The game ends when a player collects 12 points worth of creatures. Each player will gather magic pearl cards to use to summon characters.  Pearl cards are numbered 1 through 8.  Creature cards bring both victory points and special abilities.  Points range from 0 to 5 on each creature.  Most creatures require from 2 to 4 pearl cards to activate.

Portal Of Heroes is a game of efficiency.  Each player has a hand limit of 5 pearl cards and is limited to a maximum of 2 creature cards in their portal.  In the center play area there will be a draw deck of creature cards of which 2 will be displayed face-up, a draw deck of pearl cards of which there will be 4 displayed face-up.  Each player will take 3 actions on their turn.  Actions include taking a pearl card, sweeping and replacing the face-up pearl cards, taking and placing a creature card onto your portal, and spending pearl cards to activate one of your creatures.  Once a creature is activated it moves out of your portal and into your scoring area which opens up your portal for another creature.

Portal Of Heroes is moves at a brisk pace.  Because of the tight nature of choices, players don’t have too many options to consider.  Picking the right creatures to move to their portal is the toughest decision you have to make.  Do you go for a high point creature with no special ability, or should you try to activate low point creatures with powerful abilities?  This one will fit easily in a backpack or suitcase. It is a perfect game for someone on the go.

We have an open copy of Portal Of Heroes available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

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