Disney Villainous Board Game Review

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Reviewed by Bobby Brower
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We like

Enhances reading comprehension skills

Promotes group play and family play

Collector’s item with colorful artwork and pieces

Mixes together learning and play while immersing you in the classic Disney movies

A new game can be played every time you play the game

Recipient of the 2019 Toy of the Year award at the Toty Awards

We don’t like

Playing the game can take a long time

There are several rules to follow and remember

How it works

Disney Villainous Board Game is a two to six player board game where you try to win the game by being the villain. Each player chooses a famous Disney villain and tries to accomplish their goal through the playing cards provided in the game.

The first player to achieve their goal wins, but beware, there are heroes in the game that will try and foil the villain’s progress towards their goal preventing that player from potentially winning.

As each player tries to slow down the progress of their fellow players and each player puts themselves into the classic Disney movie, the game brings together friends and family in a game that promotes fair play, rule-following, and reading comprehension that will benefit the child in your life who wants to play this game with friends and family. The game can be played in several ways and will entertain your family for many game nights to come. 

 

What\'s In the Box

What\'s In the Box

When you open the Disney Villainous game, you will see that there are several items that come in the box for playing the game. Inside the box, you will find six boards for each of the six Disney villains that are a part of the game. Along with the six boards, you will also see six game pieces that are representative of each of the six villains.

Each villain also gets its own playbook and symbol card as well as their own deck of cards that are accompanied by their own deck of fate cards. The regular playing cards are the same color as the color scheme that goes along with your villain and the fate cards are completely white. Both decks have the name of your villain on them along with your villain’s unique symbols.

The game also comes with a cauldron and a bag of tokens. The tokens are used throughout the course of the game as currency and the tokens are kept together in the cauldron so they don’t get lost or spilled all over the table. Once everything is open and on the table, you can begin to play the game.
Game Design

Game Design

The Disney Villainous board game is designed with images and artwork from the Disney movies. Each villain’s board has images from their respective movies, and each location on the board goes along with the cards being played. The game pieces resemble the silhouette of the villain, and the piece goes along with the villain in a colorful artistic, way. The game’s design is high quality and colorful and adds to the joy of the game.
Getting Started

Getting Started

Playing Villainous can seem very complicated at the start, but once you learn the rules thoroughly, play becomes an easy process. To get started, you choose which of the six Disney villains you want to be. There are six villains to choose from. You can be either Captain Hook, The Queen of Hearts, Prince John, Jafar, Ursula, or Maleficent. Once you choose your character, you take their appropriate piece and their appropriate game board with their card decks, and then you are ready to play.

Set everything out in front of you as follows: Your game board will go in the middle with the game piece resting on top of it. On the left of the game board you will put your character’s card deck, which will help them reach their objective, and to the right of the board you will place your character’s fate deck, which is a white deck and that deck of cards is going to be the hero of your villain’s story who is going to try and stop your villain from achieving their goal.
Gameplay

Gameplay

When you are ready for gameplay, grab your villain's gamebook and symbol card. Take the cauldron that comes with the game and place it in the middle of the table and fill it with the coins that also come with the game. The person who goes first does not take any coins. The person who goes second and third and fourth takes two coins, and the people who go fifth and sixth take three coins. On your game board on the far right space, you may see a lock symbol on the board. If that is the case, then take on of the lock chips and put it on the end of the board. Once that is all done, then play can fully begin.

Each player draws four cards from their villain’s card deck and keeps them a secret from everyone else. Each villain has their own unique story and powers that will allow them to reach their objective. No two villains can complete their objectives the same way. With that, each player is really playing against themselves and not the other players. In theory, each player is simply trying to win at their objective first in order to win the game.

As you get started, you will open up your villain guide book, and it will tell you the full story of what your villain needs to accomplish to get what they want. As the game starts and each player begins their quest to fulfill their objective, the first thing to do is move your villain to another space that is not locked in order to start playing. Once you do that, you can start using your cards to use your powers to rifle through the deck and get what you need to reach what it is that you need to accomplish. As far as the rest of the gameplay is concerned, refer to the directions for the detailed instructions on how to play.
Group Play

Group Play

Disney Villainous gives kids and adults the ability to play together. Playing together is a great way for kids to learn how to play fair, how to follow the rules, and how to play well with others. In doing so, your child will be able to build the social skills necessary to be confident, speak well with others, and build relationships that will lead to friendships. Group play has the same supportive characteristics as playing sports on a team. Even though the players may not be playing on the same team, they are still playing against and with each other following rules and being competitive. All group play must adhere to the rules and rule-following is another great lesson that is built and learned when playing Villainous.
Rule-Following

Rule-Following

Villainous has rules that all players must follow as far as how to move their pieces and how to play their cards, but the cards that are in the deck are unique to that specific villain, so not only do you have to follow the rules of the game in general, but you must also know something about the rules of your opponent’s own board, which will give you some idea of their objectives and whether or not you can play a card against them to slow down their progress.

Each player, therefore, must be in tune with what everyone is doing helping them be even further involved in the game. Rule following is a great way to teach kids and some adults that following the rules is essential for fair play and fun play. The rules help limit cheating and people fighting over whether or not the rules are being followed. These are skills and lessons that are great for when your child is doing anything competitive or anything that requires group thinking or working together with others.
Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Disney Villainous is also a great way for your child to build their reading comprehension skills. At its very core, the game is the telling of a beloved Disney classic. Your child will most likely have already seen or known about the story that is being told. With the familiarity of the story so well ingrained in your child’s mind, they will be able to identify characters’ names and words in the reading of the cards that will become more familiar to them. They will also be able to get fully into the story that the game is telling and will want to read more cards. The game does a great job of putting together the reading of the story while fully immersing you in the story at the same time, which brings a great spirit to playing the game and makes reading and knowing stories more fun for your children.
Age Range

Age Range

Disney Villainous is recommended for children ten-years-old and up. A child under the age of ten may not have the reading skills necessary to read the cards and perform all the actions that are required of the game. Also, there needs to be a certain level of comprehension of the rules in order to play the game fully. A child under the age of ten-years-old will not have that kind of comprehension and may get bored with the game and not want to play. There also needs to be a certain level of concentration and stamina to play this game, and younger children may want to run around and not be able to sit still through game play.
Award-Winning Game

Award-Winning Game

Disney Villain was the recipient of the 2019 Game Of the Year Award at the Toty Awards. The game was given this accolade due to the fact that it not only entertains kids and adults, but it also builds on so many necessary skills like reading and playing well together. The makers of this board game were able to put together learning and having fun through play in such a unique way that it gained the attention of game makers and was given an award.
Price

Price

The price for Disney Villainous is middle of the road. It’s not an expensive game, but it’s not too inexpensive either. For the high quality of the game and the artistic nature of the pieces and the boards, the price is just about right for this game. The game can also be looked at as a collector’s item as there are expansion packs that are also available for purchase that allow the game to be expanded upon with new villains and other board games that are in the same family as Villainous. Each time you play the game you can be a different villain that is going on a different journey and, therefore, you can play a brand new game every time you play with this set. For the amount of entertainment and expansion opportunities you get from this game, the price is right on target and should be considered for purchase.

Conclusion

The Disney Villainous Board Game is a great game to get for the Disney loving child or family in your life. The game’s colorful artwork and handcrafted game pieces make playing this game fun and enjoyable. Each villain has their own journey they are going on, so every time you play with a different villain you can play a completely new game. As each player tries to slow down the progress of the other players, the game becomes competitive and brings together friends and family as they put themselves in the Disney movies.

On an educational level, the game helps children build on their reading comprehension skills and allows children the joy of putting themselves into the story, which in turn will give children the want to read more books and more stories building on their education. With so many perks and so many hours of enjoyment that can come from playing this game, the Disney Villainous Board Game should be a toy that is considered by all parents who want to entertain their child and help their child develop better skills through play and board family fun games.
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