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Cryptozoic Entertainment has released the first of two games based on Adult Swim’s hit cartoon, Rick and Morty, and fans of the show will really get into this one.
Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park — The Game is a tile-Laying Game based on one of the key episodes of the Rick and Morty TV Series that lets players build a theme park inside a human body
Released about a month ago, the game is based on the “Anatomy Park” episode of Adult Swim’s popular cult animated TV series, the theme park-building, tile-laying game sends 2-4 players into the body of Ruben, a homeless department store Santa, in order to save the microscopic amusement park built from his organs. Players must design the best park possible by placing Tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases.
“We have all the fan-favorite rides and attractions from the episode, plus a host of new ones as well,” said Matt Hyra, Lead Game Designer at Cryptozoic. “Every Tile, whether from the show or a new creation, features original art by Robb Mommaerts. It’s a grossly beautiful game!”
In Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park — The Game, players become characters from the episode—choosing from Rick, Morty, Dr. Xenon Bloom, Annie, Poncho, and Roger—as they try to build Anatomy Park. Most of a player’s turn is devoted to the Move and Action Phases, which consist of one Move and one Action each turn. During the Move Phase, a player can move his or her Character, a Tile, or all Diseases. Every time a player moves a Tile, he or she must draw a Bodily Reaction Card to reflect that Ruben’s internal organs are being shifted around. A Bodily Reaction Card can force the player to act out the (usually embarrassing) title of the card and result in various immediate or short-term ongoing effects, or it can cause a new Disease—such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A—to show up inside Ruben.
During the Action Phase, there are five Actions that can be chosen: Draw, Place a Tile, Play a Focus Group, Shoot a Disease, or Exit. Each Tile (types include Attraction, Food, and Ride) will score a certain number of Victory Points when placed in the park, with some Tiles scoring more points if placed next to specific other Tiles.
The winner is the player who scores the most Victory Points at the end of the game, which occurs when one of three conditions is met: drawing the first Heart Attack from the Bodily Reaction deck (giving players two rounds until the game ends), drawing the second Heart Attack, or running out of Tiles twice.
Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park — The Game is available now at hobby and gaming retailers, with a list price of $30.
Number of Players: 2-4
Playtime: 30-45 minutes
46 Park Tiles
9 Focus Group Tiles
24 Bodily Reaction Cards
6 Oversized Character Cards
6 Character Standees
6 Disease Standees
6 Master Plan Cards
30 Control Cubes
Lots of Victory Point Tokens
Later this year Cryptozoic will release another game based on an episode of Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks.
After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.
The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.
Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is due out in a couple of months, just in time for holiday gift-giving. With season three of Rick and Morty currently running on Adult Swim, these games are the perfect way for fans to live the adventure.