Risk: Star Wars edition board game – the battle of Death Star. This is how I like to call it. The main goal of the game is to defend or destroy the Death Star. This is really similar to Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit, but is a lot smoother, easier adoption. The game simultaneously progresses over 3 different battles. Spaceship battle over Death Star, Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker fight, and the Battle of Endor, where Rebels aim to deactivate the shields of Death Star.
The game uses the traditional risk mechanic of dice rolling to control player actions on for all 3 battles. The game is luck based mostly, but also requires some strategic thinking.
In Risk: Star Wars edition board game players draw cards that have multiple action alternatives, such as attacking with Darth Vader, using a Death Star to blow something up, moving and attacking with a fleet, working towards shields’ deactivation and more. These actions are implemented with dice, such as rolling a number of dice based on the number of units in action, and succeeding or failing an action based on the dice values.
For example, if you roll a 5 or 6 while using a Death Star action, you get to destroy a tile on the board that usually has rebel units on it. The very same is with Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker’s fight and shield destruction actions.
The good thing about the game is that it is really easy to play. There are not many rules, and the sets of actions available are easy to understand. In addition to that, the thematic feel is decent, you get to do all sorts of Star Wars stuff that were the most dramatic in the series. Finally, the game offers quite a good value, in terms of components and game value, based on the price. It is certainly one of the cheaper options out there.
On the other hand, the game is certainly not for everyone. For more experienced gamers the light strategy options and lots of dice rolling is not really what they are looking for. Furthermore, once you replay more, you begin to understand what strategy for each side you need to follow, which makes replayability not that rewarding. But still, a strong recommendation to light game lovers, families & children.