So, Heroclix, where to begin on this quite epic
Super Hero game? Heroclix is a collectable
Miniatures game primarily based on Marvel and DC
comic characters and has been going now for over 15
years. The game allows players to collect the
figures which come pre-painted then build teams to
fight each other on one of the many maps provided.
Heroclix uses the unique Clix mechanic, where the
characters stats and powers are on the base which
turns as they take damage to reveal different stats
and powers; some figures get weaker while a few,
like the Incredible Hulk, get stronger until they
are KO'd. Hey kids, no one dies, they're just
knocked out or defeated. Other than a few early
sets each figure also comes with a stat card
explaining the abilities and powers, and even adding
a few special ones the characters can use. There
are many Powers such as Super Strength (allowing a
character to use heavy objects in an attack), Charge
(you can move and make a close combat attack),
Outwit (cancels an opponents power) and so on and so
on. All of these are referenced on the PAC (Powers
and Abilities Chart) which comes in starter sets.
Players take it in turns to give their characters
actions, the number of actions you have depends on
the size of the game or by the scenario rules you
are using. Each time you make an action you give
your character a token. The next turn you mostly
rest, clearing the token. You can 'push' to take an
action but take damage yourself (unless a Power says
otherwise). And I really cannot go into the full
list of powers and their interactions, it can get
complicated. And that can be seen as either the
strength or weakness of the game. Some power
interactions are complicated and, it's best to just
go with the rules rather than think about the logic,
but then there are enough players to please those
that want simple play and those that want
complicated strategy and synergy between their
Teams. One of the big plus's of the game is
that all the figures from the sets are compatible
meaning you can make some fun teams, especially with
the vast array of characters available. Also there
are different versions of characters from their
various comics, you can play a low 50 point Batman
as a support character or the 200pt combat monster.
What about the Batmobile, and the Batcave? Yep,
available too. Want to team Superman with the Green
Goblin, Spider-Man with Batman or give Michaelangelo
from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the Infinity
Gauntlet, all possible. That's silly, you'll be
saying you can team Spider-Ham with Ace the
Bat-Hound next... yep. As well as TMNT those extra
sets also include Yu-Gi-Ho! Kick-Ass and Eddie from
the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
This is where you either love or hate the game.
There are all kinds of ways of getting figures, and
some are pretty difficult to get, such as Convention
Exclusives or Prize figures which end up fetching
high prices on the secondary market. Generally the
figures are bought in packs of 5 random figures
called a Booseter. Rarities in these sets are
usually Common, Uncommon, Rare, Super-Rare and
Chase. As a minium you should get a Rare figure in
every Booster. There is a 1 in 4 chance of getting
a Super-Rare and 1 in 20 of getting the Chase. Set
sizes vary but are often around 60 figures. If
random collecting is not for you you can usually buy
the figures from online shops or auction websites.
Many forums and trade groups also offer ways to get
figures you want.
Quality. This is a bit of a downside, but do
remember you are buying mass produced pre-painted
figures. Figure quality can vary drastically, and
mistakes are supposedly frequent, although to be
honest the worst I've had is a misprinted stats card
and a figure come off it's base, which was easily
fixed with a dab of glue. The Common figures
generally, but not always, have less detail than the
Rare's. And while I have seen some poor figures,
the recent Owl from Defenders/Avengers War set is
quite poor, the Chase figure of Sunfire in the
Uncanny X-Men is superb. I genuinely believe that
if quality could be addressed this would be one of
the greatest games on the market.
started. Starter sets can be few and far
between, but these do include a map the rules and
several figures. It also includes the PAC, this is
the Powers and Abilities Chart, and is vital to
understand the Powers.
Fast Forces give a group of related figures ready to
play. The early versions of these also inclded a
map, the current ones sadly don't.
Maps. For a starting player this seems to be
the biggest problem, especially as starters are hard
to find and Fast Forces no longer include them. I
generally get mine from playing in events at my
local games shop, otherwise you will have to look
online for these as they are not available to buy
other than a couple of the expensive Premium quality
ones. But many Heroclix players will have spare
maps they're sure to part with.
Overall. It's a difficult game to judge, it
has so many ups and downs. For many gamers the
collectable nature instantly puts them off, and the
vast amount of hard to get figures means you will be
extremely frustrated, or broke, if you are a
completionist. Quality is also a let down. But at
the heart of it all is this great fun game with
Super Heroes with near infinite variety; a 300 point
skirmish or a 2000 point epic fight agaist Galactus!
I am going to give the game 4 Squirrels, it's one of
my favourite games, but I cannot justify 5 Squirrels
to a collectable game with varying quality.
(4 Squirrels) Excellent game. Great fun
with much replayability.