Dungeon Mayhem: A review

Sometimes we need to take a break from all the spooky stuff going on and just have fun with cardboard! The Cabana boy was like always doing his own thing. Strolling around the beaches of Paradise looking for lost treasures! He got really excited with something he discovered. So Sunny has lured you good Paradise guests to a table at poolside with good humor, drinks courtesy of Kuro, and a deck of cards. Not a regular deck, but Dungeon Mayhem.

More Street Fighter Than DnD

Although it says Dungeons and Dragons right on the box, the actual game is more like Street Fighter. As a DM I usually take great care to be sure my players don’t get into altercations with each other, but in Dungeon Mayhem there is no dungeon and one big brawl. You might even imagine it as sort of a bar fight!

The game requires 2 to 4 players over the age of 8. You have a choice of playing Sutha the Skullcrusher (Barbarian), Azzan the Mystic (wizard), Lia the Radiant (paladin), or Oriax the Clever (rogue). Each character has their own small deck of cards with spells, attacks, defenses, and special powers specific to each class. The game is quickly set up and also quick to play – well under 30 minutes and often quite a bit shorter than that. The object is to be the last player alive. 

 “He just found out he could steal cards out of my deck – typical rogue”

The art on the cards and the captions for the special powers and so on are clearly created for gamers with a bit of tongue in cheek and a sense of humor about it all. Kyle Ferrin has done a great job on the illustrations. I mean, you only have to glance at the card Vampiric Touch and you know what it does.

This game is simple, quick, easy to learn, and under $20 USD in price. It’s great if you’ve only got a few minutes to kill, or you’re taking a break to stretch and get a snack and people are up and down from the table for a few minutes. It could even be a filler if someone is late for the regular game night, or absent.  Or you know, if there’s just some guests of Pinkie’s Paradise hanging around the pool with nothing much else to do but watch anime on their phones or play mobile games.