Crazier Eights: Avalon
Crazier Eights: Avalon is a standalone expansion to Crazier Eights. Avalon follows the same theme as Camelot and allows 2-3 players to play the game. The deck can be combined, much like Camelot, with additional copies of itself or with a copy of Camelot. The mini-expansion contains 33 additional cards that add to the basic gameplay of Crazier Eights. Although the objective of the game remains the same, to be the first person without any cards left, Avalon is a significantly different experience from Camelot. You can read our review of Crazier Eights: Camelot here.
Avalon’s beauty lies within the abilities of the cards that come with the expansion. Of the 33 cards, 13 are “multi-color” cards. These cards expand the game by allowing explosive combos. The new cards are equally distributed between the two main strategies of the game: Draw and Assets. Cards like Queen Caelia build on the strategy of winning through extra discards and value from your cards. Cards like Sir Bedivere either protect or destroy assets, expanding interaction possibilities for asset-based strategies.
Although it makes a good expansion to Camelot, Avalon does not stand well as a solo product. The advanced mechanics featured in the set make it harder to learn. In addition, the expansion contains a few too many combos, making the game feel unfair at times.
However, when combined with Camelot, the problems of both versions disappear. The game does not end too quickly nor does it drag on for excessive periods of time. Also, the ability to play up to 7 players without any duplicate cards is a definite plus.
Our Review: 7.5 / 10
Although it adds many things to the basic game, Avalon does have its shortcomings. With this in mind, the cards and art of the same high quality as those in Camelot. All things considered, Avalon is a strong expansion but a confusing standalone game.
Make sure to stop by on November 11 at 2:00 PM to demo the game in-store!