Tabletop Game Review – Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances Core Set

Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances Core Set by The Op
Price: ~$50.00
Players:
2 or 4
Playtime:
~35 minutes
Perfect for:
Families and groups who enjoy strategic competitive battling using beloved timeless Disney characters.

Disney Sorcerer’s Arena is a game of Battle Royale. Players command control of their favorite Disney heroes and villains as they enter the arena to engage in an epic clash. In this core set, combatants select from a roster of: Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, Gaston, Aladdin, Demona, Sulley, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent, or Ariel. Once players have chosen champions for the team, they must use their characters’ abilities and strengths strategically in order to outwit, outplay, and outsmart opponents.

To begin Disney Sorcerer’s Arena, two or four people select their Disney fighters and corresponding decks of cards for each character (which are then combined into one larger stack per player). These characters’ standees then get placed onto a hexagonal map. Each character also has an associated health level and victory points an opponent would receive should they get knocked out. On a turn, individuals activate a character and play cards from their hand to move and/or take actions. Actions typically include attacking opponents and causing status effects. For example, Aladdin could play the “Stun and Run” card which immobilizes foes after dealing damage. Players gain victory points by either defeating opponents or occupying specific spaces on the map. Once someone reaches 20 VP, they are declared the winner.

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What works in Disney Sorcerer’s Arena is its lighthearted competition and clever team-up mechanics. Families and groups looking for a combative game, but not in a super heavy or serious way, Disney Sorcerer’s Arena will be the perfect sweet spot. It provides an avenue for strategic battling that doesn’t feel necessarily aggressive. In addition, the game makes good use of its subtitle: Epic Alliances. Characters are somewhat categorized, so as players get a few games under their belt and learn strengths and weaknesses of the roster, team-ups with strong synergistic potential will emerge. There’s something incredibly fun and rewarding in grouping together favorite characters and seeing them work as a unit in the arena.

Players who prefer cooperation over directly battling may not enjoy Disney Sorcerer’s Arena as much as others. The core structure of the game necessitates that players use cunning to overpower and conquer opponents. While that’s done in a family-friendly way, some individuals might prefer a game where the outcome relies less on being victorious in conflict. On the other end of the spectrum, Disney Sorcerer’s Arena is very much an “entry level” battle system that is purposely simple and easy to pick-up. This makes it great for younger or novice players, but seasoned veterans may opt for something more complex.

Disney Sorcerer’s Arena is a very fun gateway battling game. There’s genuine thoughtfulness to the way the Disney characters have been crafted and balanced to serve as both standalone combatants as well as part of an assembled team. And the best part: lots more of your favorite characters are on the way!

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Fox serves as an entertainment journalist in the Washington, D.C. When not covering cinematic news for LRM, he critiques films as a member of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Fox also has a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Strategy from Indiana University Bloomington.

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