El Luchador Fantastico Grande is a fast paced wrestling dice and card game, funded on Kickstarter in March of this year and made by Senyac Games.
The game is played by between two and four players each inhabiting the persona of one of six Mexican Wrestlers each with their own special abilities which reflect their desperate personalities.
Players roll 4 D6 which have been modified with special stickers to easily identify the actions a player can take on their turn, such as heal or attack. The game ends when there is one player left standing after all other players’ life has been reduced from 20 to zero. Wrestlers can play cards to boost damage, heal up or otherwise mess with perfectly executed wrestling moves. Gameplay is further complicated by the addition of global event cards and the coveted Title Belt which increases your damage output, but stops you from healing.
I had a lot of fun playing this game and immersing myself in the story of these wrestlers preventing Snadden, El Diablo from taking over the competition for his own nefarious purposes or El Pandero from turning the family friendly and noble sport of wrestling into a corporate shell of its once former glory; all the while competing to control or lose the covetous Title Belt.
Games can be played in half an hour, but took less and less time the more we played it as we started to understand the meta of El Luchador Fantastico Grande. There are certainly winning strategies; it doesn’t matter how close you are to zero life if your opponents aren’t around to inflict damage, as well as cards to properly exploit your wrestlers special ability and the Main Event cards. The entire game is deceptively simple in its mechanics and elegant in design, with plenty of room for standalone expansions.
The only place this game falls short is that there is a limited number of plays you can do in the game. This is only a fault of the 9 different action cards and the 6 wrestler characters that the game comes with. In games of four players you may not see every card played against every player, but you will see almost every play available to the group. No doubt this will be addressed with further expansions. While the game isn’t “deep” or have much going on below the surface game play, it is fun, bright and encourages interactivity between the players.
El Luchador Fantastico Grande boasts bright colourful artwork from Frantz Kantor and a theme that is different and unique from other card and dice games on the market. The fact that it is a game developed and made right here in Australia doesn’t hurt either.
For your $34, bought from the Senyac Games store, you will receive:
- One hollow-foil Title Belt card
- Three main event cards
- Six unique wrestler cards
- 36 action cards
- Four bright D20, four D6 and
- Two sheets of stickers with which to customize the four D6
The game is really easy to pick up and can be played by almost anybody. The recommended age for this game is 13 and older.
I’d recommend this game for anyone looking for a quick, simple party game in between the bigger games, with unique artwork and a different theme. I would definitely buy this game to support local and indie Australian game designers.
El Luchador Fantastico Grande can be bought from a number of card stores all around Australia or from the Senyac Games website.
–I’ll see you in the ring