Star Wars Risk Edition Review (Hasbro)

Star Wars Risk Edition
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
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What It Is
The classic battle game Risk has been reimagined for Star Wars fans to allow them to recreate an epic battle from the series. Risk Star Wars Edition  is designed to allow two players to recreate the final moments of Return of the Jedi

Like the original Risk, players are challenged to take over territories. But at the same time, they are also fighting three key battles--the Attack on the Death Star, the Shield Assault and the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. One player plays as the Rebels and the other as the Empire. The goal of the Rebel player is to destroy the Death Star. 

Hasbro calls this game “reimagined,” and it's different from traditional Risk on a number of levels. In fact the gameplay is kind of a mash-up of traditional Risk in which you're trying to conquer territories and turn-based battle games. (Of course, one could argue that the original Risk was the inspiration for many of those games. But, never mind for now.) 

The point is, that for Star Wars fans who are fans of games that combine strategy and luck, this is an excellent game, and a little bit faster moving than traditional Risk. You take turns planning orders, sending your ships into action and gauging the results. The big difference is that the orders come from the cards in your hands. As with traditional Risk, you still roll dice to determine the result of each order. The board is a very cool tie-fighter, and your armies are composed of x wing fighters, tie fighters y wings and b wings. 

The rules and the gameplay are fairly complex, so give yourself plenty of time to learn them, and gameplay can take a significant amount of time--just like the original Risk. All-in-all, though this is a well-conceived nicely made and engaging strategy game married with the excitement and drama of the classic Star Wars battles. 

Is It Fun?
While this has a lot in common with traditional Risk, this is a new game with new strategies and a lot of great integration of the Star Wars stoy.  They didn't just slap Star Wars labels on an old Risk game, which makes this a new and engaging entry in the strategy game category.
Who It’s For
Risk Star Wars Edition is suggested for players 10 years and up. However, we think that come younger players may be able to get into this with a little help understanding the rules. It's best for players who enjoy fairly complex and time-consuming strategy games. 
What To Be Aware Of
The rules are somewhat complex, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time before you begin playing. 
AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy