Heroclix Marvel

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Heroclix Marvel Review Facts

Family time doesn’t have to mean running back to the same old games anymore. There are so many games out there to choose from, that many of us don’t know where to start. If you love strategy, though, and miniatures, you might want to consider a game called Heroclix.

This game has been around for years now, and if you like comic books you are bound to find your favorites lurking in certain sets for you to collect and play with. We want to start you out with a taste of the first line though, Marvel Comics. Though it has since spanned out too many other comic brands, the first several starters and booster packs were based on Marvel comics heroes and today there are even variants for you to discover and use for your team up. The name of the game is to create your own team and face off against up to three more teams to win. You can play it all at once as a mass battle, or you can choose to play one vs. one and have the winners face off. There is also the option of a tournament style or facing a single foe in the form of Galactus or Sentinel.

This is a fun way to bring your comics to the table and really try to create that showdown and prove who would win. Not only is it great for friends and family, but there are still official tournaments that come through where you can win an ultimate power for yourself and take home a limited edition click to play with. There are so many ways to play, and the rules can be homebrew play or go by the official standards. No matter how you choose to play with your heroes, though, it’s a game worth repeating whenever you have a group of people who either know the heroes or want to learn more!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Fun to play
  • Collectables
  • Comic book based
  • Taches strategy
  • Has starter kits
  • Marvel based heroes
  • Big fan/player base
Cons
  • Can be harder to learn
  • Pieces are plastic and can break/get lost
  • Not all pieces available for purchase
Theme

Theme

While there are several themes throughout the game, the basic one is Player team Vs Player team. This is how most go about playing the game, whether through an actual tournament or just with friends and family. With Marvel, there are several starters sets with themed maps, and the maps are needed to really play right since there are obstacles and you have to move according to the characters stats between squares.
With 94 starter sets to choose from, the real question is: what comic series is your favorite? Each one has several maps and beginners’ teams to start you off. Rather than attempt to list every available set, we want to give you exactly what comic lines you have to choose from. There are sets from Avengers, Spiderman, Ironman, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool, and the Silver Surfer. We’ll let you know how many of each series of starter packs are available in the Accessories because the comic lines themselves vary, so do which set of comics they are based on. The starter sets come with the maps, but each theme also has more to it than just a starter set!
Accessories

Accessories

This is a game where the ‘accessories’ are made of components to add to gameplay as well as to build bigger and better teams. There is everything from extra maps, to chips that represent objects that can be thrown or collected to additional figures from booster packs. Every figure comes with its power card which explains what it can do on the battlefield, and the starter set explains each power and its limitations- however if you are purchasing specific figures and you do not have a starter set or the card is missing, you can go to the site itself and look up each piece and learn what it can do. Booster packs for this game are like blind boxes, so you can never truly tell what you will get in them, and there are levels of rarity for the figures. Some you can’t get except through either tournament or by finding a winner who decided to put it up for sale. You can tell what tournaments have been available and what is coming up through looking at the newest released sets or going to the site.
Here is where we will break down the current sets that can be found according to their particular tournaments- this means they have starter sets and boosters available for purchase themed according to what each tournament was. We will also try to list what the ‘trophy’ figures were.
The Marvel sets are: Infinity Challenge, Marvel Map Starter, Universe starter, Danger Room, Armor wars, Sinister, Supernova, Days of Future Past, Avengers, Coming of Galactus, Mutations and Monsters, Secret Invasion, Thors Hammer, Marvel Classics, Web of Spiderman, Giant-Size X-Men, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Infinity Gauntlet, Galactic Guardians, Avengers Movie, Chaos War, Amazing Spiderman, Iron Man, Fear Itself, Darkworld, Wolverine and the X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Avengers Vs X-Men, Winter Soldier, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy Movie, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Age of Ultron Movie, Avengers Assemble, Nick Fury AGENT of SHEILD, Captain America Civil War, Uncanny X-Men, Superior Foes of Spiderman, Deadpool and X-Force, Avengers/Defenders War, What If?, The Mighty Thor, Xavier's School, Avengers Infinity, Secret Wars, and Earth X. Each of these sets may have multiple starter sets, and all of them have booster packs with an ever-growing number of figures to collect.
There are over 3000 figures to date and they have four rarity levels as well as power levels to collect. Not every Jean Grey will be the strongest version, not will she always be Jean Grey, they have all the variants as well, such as the original Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix. While it may sound strange, these also can come as rookie figures or the experienced figures. This means you might have over eight different versions of a single character, and that doesn’t even include the specialty versions of each of those (like whether or not her hair is clear or solid in color when it comes to Phoenix. Of course, if you’re a die-hard, you’ll likely want to know and go looking for the ‘Giant’ figures which were used for tournaments and often could not be outright purchased.
Some of the Giant figures included Sentinel, Galactus, a Phoenix figure, and a large variant of Apocalypse. This is just a few of those available, there are 172 in total for the ‘Colossal’ figures and most have more than one dial or ‘part’ you have to destroy in the game. These larger figures are really meant to be played in tournament style, or as an oversized group and can turn a family ‘Vs.’ night into a team effort where the whole family picks a team and tries to work together to see if they can take down the figure together before it, moving by game rules, takes everyone out.
Appearance

Appearance

The maps, figures, and tokens for this game are all made to give the feeling of being part of the Marvel universe. With the figures, they are filled with detail, from the shape of their bodies to the colors of their costumes. While some can be removed from their pedestals (usually the flying figures) others remain locked to them and all of them are plastic and require proper care be taken so they do not break.
The maps are simply designed with pictures of the area in question from a top-down perspective. They are divided into grids for the purpose of gameplay, and you can easily depict when a square is over water, ground, if there is a wall, and even when you have higher ground such as the tops of buildings or areas where there are climbable surfaces like warehouses.
Tokens can be 2D and have images of what they represent, or 3D and actually be a small plastic rendition of the object. They range from mailboxes and dumpsters to cars and larger objects which can be interacted with via the rules. Everything is awesome to look at and designed to be easy to use by the players. This is as much a collectibles game as it is a playable one.
Gameplay

Gameplay

The cool part to Heroclix is if you can lay out more than one map, or even create one big enough, the number of players doesn’t have any limit but in space to play. Of course, you need at least two to really enjoy the game, and it might get a little crowded if you have too many players and figures.
The basic rules are fairly simple- kill the enemy. However, this is a game that you will have a hard time teaching a child who hasn’t learned basic math skills yet. Each dial has a set of numbers and each number represents an ability or power. The colors on the numbers tell you what that power does for the figure. When you attack another figure you hit for whatever surpasses the correlating number or power is on the opposing figure and it ‘clicks’ to its next setting.
While this can sound complicated, it isn’t really, and once you play one round, you’ll find yourself catching on fairly quickly, though, with the fluctuation in powers on your figure, you may want to keep your power cards on hand for a while.
Each figure also has a set number of squares it can navigate, and whether it can fly, climb, jump or stampede through walls becomes an important thing to figure out. On an outside map having a flying character can be beneficial, but indoor maps can quickly change just how much the flying character will really be of use. Knowing how to add and subtract is important, and if you are looking to up your skills in strategy, or teach a younger generation how to do so, this game is a fun way to start out.
There are rules to each type of game you decide to play, but in many cases, you will also find home brew rules or want to set some up for yourself. That’s what makes this game so much fun- it is versatile and has so many different ways to play. Because of this, though your first few games, you may want to play one on one, and you may want to stick to an old enough age group that explaining numbers and strategy won’t hinder in figuring everything else out.
Rules

Rules

The core of the game requires key items and an understanding or a printout of the basic rules. So, what do you need? At least two players, because no matter what you’ll need some version of teams. You will also need a map, figures, two six-sided dice, the powers and abilities cards, and though they say it, we feel that the tokens for items in the environment are an option that is fun to play with. The rules themselves are hard to describe for the actual clicks without images, but the core of it is covered in explaining the set-up.
Each hero is worth a certain amount of points when building a team, and for most games, 300 points are what you have to play with. As an example, Mr. Sinister is 106 points to use as a unique figure status. This leaves you with only 194 points to finish out your team. There are lower point value versions, but each has its own abilities and it all depends on what you want to be able to do with him. On the other hand, lower powered figures don’t take as many points to add, so the group can be larger. The balance is in just how much defense each click has, so even if you have a large group, they might die faster, but an overpowered single figure may find itself weak to something unexpected.
Once you have your team, find your starting area and set your pieces up behind your line. Once both players are ready, roll your 2 6-sided dice, and the player with the highest roll chooses whether to go first or second. The game is turn-based, and each click has a certain number of spaces it can travel, and that is combined with its action points to decide where you can go, and if you can strike in the same move. Some characters have running shot, or something similar, allowing them to run and attack in the same turn, but they still only have a certain amount they can do. Each player can move up to three characters on their turn but can’t move all of them.
When you move a character or have it use a power, they get what is called an ‘action token’. These mean that character cannot move again or act on your next turn. This is where having a small team can hurt. Of course, if the larger team doesn’t have enough firepower to get past your defenses though, it won’t matter how many turns they take! The game ends when only one player has pieces left on the board.
There are rules for other styles of game, including those with colossal clicks. If you are looking for how to play with objects and die-hard figures, or how to run a particular tournament style, you can find the actual rules for them on the official Wizkids Heroclix website in PDF format.
Durability

Durability

If cared for properly, and not handled roughly, the clicks are pretty durable, however, they are small plastic figurines. We recommend purchasing a hard container with dividers to keep them stored in if you intend to travel with them, or shelves they can sit on if you only plan to use them for home games. Many players suggest finding a large tackle box, as it helps to keep the figures separated and safe for travel so that you can easily locate which ones to build your teams with.
Unfortunately, with the flying figures, or those who can come off their stand, it can be easy to lose them, and one step in a click is usually as fatal to the figure as it is painful to the one stepping on them without a shoe. The good news is they aren’t likely to break if all you do is play with them as intended and keep them safely tucked away when you aren’t.
Price

Price

As with any game that can be bought as a collectible, the price varies depending on what you are out to purchase. Brand new a booster pack is valued at about $9, but they are purchasable by brick as well at around $100 which amounts to ten boosters. Starter sets can range from $20 to $65 depending on the rarity of the set you are looking for. You can also usually find single figures for only a few dollars depending on their rarity as well.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you want a great, fast-paced, strategy game where you play with figures instead of tiny plastic cubes and triangles, this is definitely it. If you love comic books, that will make this a great game for you as well. Heroclix has a variety of options, and we only showed of Marvel Comics line today!