The forces of evil are threatening to overrun Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, a cooperative deck-building game, and it's up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. In the game, players take on the role of a Hogwarts student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with their own personal deck of cards that's used to acquire resources.
By gaining influence, players add more cards to their deck in the form of iconic characters, spells, and magical items. Other cards allow them to regain health or fight against villains, keeping them from gaining power. The villains set back players with their attacks and Dark Arts. Only by working together will players be able to defeat all of the villains, securing the castle from the forces of evil.
Just as Harry, Ron, Hermione, and friends work together to defeat villains in the Harry Potter book and movie series, players work together to defeat all the villains in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle.
However, if the villains take control of all the locations in the game first, the players lose.
The game is structured in a way that players can play through a series of 7 games aligned with the 7 books. However, by no means is this a limitation. Players aren’t limited to just 7 plays of the game.
Players are encouraged to begin with Book 1 and continue through all 7 stories by opening the next Book container after beating the prior Book. If they don’t win, they simply play that book over again.
Each book introduces new types of cards they can add to their player decks, additional rules, new villains to face, and new locations to protect. All the new cards and locations tie right in line with the Harry Potter book storyline.
As they progress, players will combine cards they’ve opened in earlier books to build even strong decks of cards to defeat tougher villains.
One of the great things about the game is that players can choose how to store the game for future plays. The cards are labeled clearly as to which Book they came from. And the box insert is set up in such a way that players can either store all components back in their associated Book boxes or they can keep them all combined in their playable decks using card dividers.
AWARDS & HONORS
- 2017 Mensa Select Winner
- 2016 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
- 2016 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
- 2016 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
- 2016 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee