My fantastic, last-year birthday present continues to give me a lot of fun and joy. I mean of course Clank! series – its starter set and two expansions I received from my friends. I pretty thoroughly wrote about my first impressions regarding the Base Game but also provided details of the Expeditions: Gold and Silk expansion. Today the time has come to present The Mummy’s Curse – as you shall see, so far in my humble opinion the best add-on to the game so far.
But before going into the detailed description of the expansion, couple of world about the game for those who do not know it or only heard a little. Clank! is a deck-building game. Each player has their own deck, and building yours up is part of playing the game. You start each of your turns with five cards in your hand, and you’ll play them all in any order you choose. Most cards will generate resources (but some will just give you VPs and no possibility to do anything), of which there are three different kinds:
- Skill, which is used to acquire new cards for your deck.
- Swords, which are used to fight the monsters that infest the dungeon.
- Boots, which are used to move around the board.
Each player starts with the same cards in their deck, but they’ll acquire different cards during their turns. Because cards can do many different things, each player’s deck (and strategy) will become more and more different as the game unfolds. During the game, you have two goals:
- Retrieve an Artifact token and escape the dragon by returning to the place you started, outside of the dungeon.
- Accumulate enough points with your Artifact and other loot to beat out your opponents and earn the title of Greatest Thief in the Realm!
Will you be able to become the most crafted dungeons explorer?
We know the base game so now let me provide some more details about the Clank! The Mummy’s Curse expansion. It adds a wandering mummy to the pathways that players will explore (that white creature on the picture above!), new artifacts to acquire in the depths of the pyramid, new Dragon figure but most importantly – curses! Each time mummy enters the area where your adventurer is, you receive a curse (worth minus two VPs). TO get rid of this, you can fight the mummy – and either get money or reduce number of curses.
The board itself is much deeper and more complicated than the base game. It also comes in two, wonderful versions: Pyramid and Sphinx. That is very thematic and adds a lot of fun to the game!
My first game was solo – actually with my two sons, 6 and 8 years old, who were managing the mobile phone app for Bot moves as well as assisted in the actual exploration on map. We managed to get to the bottom of the dungeon but fall a little short to get out….
The second experience with the Mummy expansion was completely different. Four seasoned boardgames players met to celebrate possibility of meeting during the COVID times and play some light title – actually, it was anniversary of when I got Clank! The game was much more competitive, as number of items and artifacts was exhausted pretty quickly and the run for survival started. Kuba was first to reach surface so he had a pleasure of attacking with Dragon each turn. He was pretty successful but both Magda and me barely managed to survive. Agnieszka unfortunately not…
That was exciting and very, very funny game!
Let me share now my impression regarding that expansion:
- a new challenge – much larger maps, more difficult pathways to penetrate but also definitely larger loot, as we have more artifacts and victory-point generating items and cards
- a moving, attacking and cursing Mummy – oh, that is so great addition. And you can actually battle it infinite times. I really like it!
- thanks to the aforementioned Mummy but also the Sphinx / Pyramid maps, the game is very thematic and engrossing. I definitely have a feeling of looting ancient ruins for a great treasure!
- beautiful components – especially maps – I really like how they were designed and produced
- longer game – I always wanted to have possibility to build a better deck and play it for some time; here it is possible
All in all, this is by far the best version of Clank I played so far – especially the Pyramid map. Beautiful, more difficult, long, thematic. We had so much fun playing the full, 4-player variant but I also enjoyed to solo version.