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  • Summary: Armello is a swashbuckling adventure that combines RPG elements with the strategic play of card and board games, creating a personal, story-fuelled experience.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 90
    Armello really does a very good job of blending board game mechanics with video game technology to create a fun experience that should appeal to fans of both.
  2. Sep 16, 2015
    85
    Armello is a beautifully crafted strategic videogame inspired by old school board games you can usually play with friends around a table in the same room. Grab a pad and test yourself and your friends online at the game of the Lion's throne or challenge the CPU to crown the new king of Armello.
  3. Sep 3, 2016
    82
    A clever digital board game in which the various elements connect quite well.
  4. Sep 7, 2015
    80
    Overall, this is a remarkable digital board game that combines an engaging lore with likeable scenarios and fascinating mechanics.
  5. Sep 8, 2015
    80
    Personally I feel the random element is a little too on the nose, but like all good board games, there are going to be those who really dig that particular feature. Armello’s a fantastic example of a gateway board game and also a great way to spend an hour or two with friends who may not be able to get around a table.
  6. Sep 13, 2015
    75
    Armello presents an imaginative backdrop to a fantasy board game with deep mechanics. The steep learning curve and balancing issues may put off some players, but those who put in the time will be rewarded the most.
  7. Oct 23, 2015
    40
    Armello has a lot of potential but the interesting bits never come to the forefront in any meaningful way, leading to a rather bland experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Sep 2, 2015
    10
    Debo mencionar que el juego cumple con las expectativas que prometieron, tiene la duración adecuada referente a cada partida, los que estanDebo mencionar que el juego cumple con las expectativas que prometieron, tiene la duración adecuada referente a cada partida, los que estan familiarizados con juegos de rol y magic: the gathering, no notarán la diferencia, ademas, de que con cada partida puedes ir descubriendo nuevas armas, hechizos entre otras cosas, podemos mencionar que si es muy entretenido, no duden en probarlo Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2015
    10
    There is a lot of strategy in this game which can make for some very intense outcomes. It's not just about rolling dice and hoping for theThere is a lot of strategy in this game which can make for some very intense outcomes. It's not just about rolling dice and hoping for the best. Choosing the right path and using your cards to your advantage also plays a huge roll into winning or losing. I'm constantly checking on the other players stats and inventory to think of who I need to focus on, who I need to hurt, who I need to cripple to work it to my advantage.

    Stating there are no various ways to win and needing blind luck is simply untrue. Its a game of strategy more than luck so it requires some thought. Just last night, I decided I would try to win by getting the 4 healing stones to cure the King of Rot. I had them all with 5 days left to spare and literally missed my mark by 1 move. 1 move!! I made it inside the castle on the final evening with no moves left only to have the Rabbit climb the back wall and Kill the King just as dawn was about to break.

    I've seen time run out and games end by prestige leaders and I've also seen the the King slain in battle. I have yet to see the King healed with the 4 stones but I was right there and I'll keep trying until I do it.

    This game isn't just nice artwork and dice rolling. There is definitely a lot of thought that goes into winning and losing. Don't just play cards to play cards. Think about why you are using those cards and when to use them.

    I haven't played Multiplayer yet so maybe waiting for other players to make their moves takes a bit longer than CPU games...I don't know yet. Hopefully there is a timer of 2-3 minutes so people aren't waiting for Joe Shmoe to heat up his pizza or finish cutting the lawn. But overall, I gave this a 10 rating because I like original titles like this. And a game that has strategy, cards, dice, great artwork and strong replay value is always a nice recipe for success and fun. If you haven't picked up Armello yet, I strongly urge you to do so. You can't go wrong for $20 bucks. I didn't get mine for $13.99 even though I'm a PSPlus member. Hmm..... Anyway, THINK and ENJOY"
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  3. Sep 2, 2015
    10
    One of the best strategy games I've ever played.

    The tutorial does a great job of teaching how to play, and the cast of characters gives
    One of the best strategy games I've ever played.

    The tutorial does a great job of teaching how to play, and the cast of characters gives many play style options, not to mention how different each game is due to the randomly generated map and card set.
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  4. Sep 14, 2015
    8
    Just bought the game last night after it was discussed on the co-optional podcast, I got a discount on PS+ which put the game at about 11Just bought the game last night after it was discussed on the co-optional podcast, I got a discount on PS+ which put the game at about 11 pound, I have to say for the money this is a great little game! I have played it for about 8 hours straight now... The game starts with a nice prologue/tutorial which lets you play as 4 characters and learn the different mechanics and play styles, after that it's up to you how you want to play. There are 8 characters in total with varying stats and ability's, along with the cards, king decree's and the 3 ways to win you are guaranteed a different game each time. The game requires strategy and using the cards you are dealt efficiently as well as a little luck (the RNG can be a bit brutal in certain games)

    I recommend this game highly for the price and the re-playability, the multiplayer works well but takes a while to find a match I have found...I've actually typed this while waiting...
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  5. Sep 3, 2015
    8
    Like board games, cards, and fantasy this game is for you i dont know if theirs coop, but there is multiplayer to play with friend or othersLike board games, cards, and fantasy this game is for you i dont know if theirs coop, but there is multiplayer to play with friend or others in a boardgame come to life..so right now its 13$ go get it before its back to 20 because to me its not worth 20 but 13. Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2015
    7
    Armello
    About as fun to play as watching paint dry
    Now don’t get me wrong, Armello is a great strategy board game with many layers to make
    Armello
    About as fun to play as watching paint dry
    Now don’t get me wrong, Armello is a great strategy board game with many layers to make this game potentially insanely addictive, but it’s problem is it’s pacing.
    There are 4 heroes on the board at a time, now not only are there 4 heroes, there is a king, 3 guards and sometimes multiple banes.. and you have to sit through all of the these characters turns and it becomes dreadfully boring quickly.
    To be fair, heroes can play cards on each other at any time and the king makes decrees but an optional fast forward button absolutely needs to be patched into this game at least in single player, with a force pause when a character plays a card that affects you, there really is no point in waiting for what feels like an eternity to go again, there is already a tab that allows you to check the current stats of the other 3 heroes you are competing against.
    Other than the dreadfully slow paced gameplay, Armello is a wonderful game.
    Every character has their own bonus perks and starts out each game with a mission that they can
    go towards for cards, companions, gold, and prestige to help further their odds of winning this chance based strategy game. After you’ve completed a mission, you’re then given a choice of the mission you want to go for next, but these missions are completely optional, there are tons of strategies that can be used to win the game.
    You can use your gold to activate combat and trickery cards, and can use your magic to activate magic cards.
    You are allowed to draw cards every turn assuming you have less than 4 cards available to play
    If you don’t want a certain card you can burn it in battle for a guaranteed attack or a guaranteed shield
    or really to just free your hand for hopefully a better draw.
    Combat cards will boost your combat skills,
    Trickery and magic cards can be used either on individual heroes or effect a section of the board.
    These hurdles can hinder the other heroes in their quest, which is a good thing because you can also gain gold and prestige by killing other heroes, by claiming villages on the board, by killing banes, or exploring ruins.
    By being the character with the highest prestige, you get to choose the decree the king makes, this decree can effect the entire board or just a few, which does include you
    If the king dies by the rot before a character can defeat him, you will also win the game.
    The rot can be a good or a bad thing depending on your strategy.
    You get the rot by playing cards or losing a battle against banes, if you get up to 5 bane your character becomes corrupted, and like the king, every dawn you lose 1 health, but by defeating other character you gain 1 health. And dying isn’t all too bad here in armello,
    if you die you aren’t out of the game, you just go back to your starting space.
    To win with the rot, you simply get your rot higher than the kings is, you attack the kingdom and defeat him in battle.
    You can also just straight up attack the king to win or collect all 4 spirit stone to cure him.
    I really love the game of armello, I want to pour hours and hours into this board game
    But I feel like it doesn’t respect my time enough and in the current state it’s in I just can’t
    For being a game, you do a lot more waiting than you do playing, and that’s a huge issue
    For what it is
    Strategy Boardgame:
    8.5/10

    Overall:
    6.5/10
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  7. Dec 30, 2015
    0
    This game is too shallow. All of the strategic point is random. (mostly by specific card luck). This game is like handphone game. (in respectThis game is too shallow. All of the strategic point is random. (mostly by specific card luck). This game is like handphone game. (in respect of not having too much content.) Expand

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