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.
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