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Unmatched

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Overview

Unmatched is a fast-paced, asymmetrical miniature dueling game that allows you to choose from an ever-growing roster of legendary heroes and villains from ancient mythology, classic literature, and blockbuster movies. This is a crossover like no other with many volumes, sets, and expansions that offer a wide variety of characters and playstyles. Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduces four legends from the cult-classic series Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Unmatched roster.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes:

  • 4 miniature figures
  • 4 sidekick tokens
  • 3 shadow tokens
  • 1 willow/dark willow token
  • 8 health dials
  • 129 cards 
  • 1 double-sided gameboard
  • 1 rulebook
buffy the vampire slayer cover art

Presentation

One way Unmatched stands apart from other games is the dedication to art. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the game board is colorfully printed with easily identifiable zones for combat and each deck features unique, stunning, and thematic artwork for each hero. Staying true to the concept of a crossover, each individual hero and their deck feel as if they were pulled directly from the series and placed in an arena to battle one another. Each deck is incredibly thematic, featuring special abilities and card titles that include an abundance of references that fans of each hero are sure to appreciate.

unmatched buffythevampireslayer set new

Objective

In Unmatched, pick your favorite hero and use their unique playstyle and abilities to defeat all who oppose you. You must take two of the following actions each turn: maneuver, scheme, and attack. You may choose two different actions or the same action twice. Each card has a special effect or value, leading to exciting and unique engagements every time you play. The two maps also provide a range of different environments that you can use to your advantage. You can also mix and match characters and maps from other Unmatched game sets.

For the full rulebook click here.

unmatched action card

Gameplay

Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer can be played 1v1, 2v2, or a 3+ player free-for-all. Our favorite way to play is the latter since it is ripe for unofficial alliances and betrayals. A single match can take 30 – 60 minutes and is full of constant action. The basic mechanics might seem complicated at first glance, but they are easy to learn once you start playing. Some heroes do have more complicated mechanics than others, so there can be a learning curve. Fortunately, every card has specific instructions written on them, but if you are still left with questions, you can always turn to the included rule book and our FAQ for more clarification.

The mechanics of each hero included in this set are possibly the easiest to understand out of any set. The reasoning for this is this set was one of, if not the, first sets ever created by Restoration Games. That doesn’t make these heroes any less fun to play though. While some fighters may have distinct advantages over others, we still find the heroes featured in this set to be well balanced, and they are still able to do well against even some of the more recent heroes. Each hero has weaknesses that can be exploited and tools that make them incredibly powerful when properly implemented.

Maps: The Bronze & Sunnydale High

the bronze 1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer features two maps. The Bronze is a map with interesting zone placement. Within the building there are spaces that pass directly under other paths without connecting, so be aware of that. The way the spaces and zones are spread out fit thematically and make for interesting engagements. There is one narrow path on the far left that is great for pinning in your opponent, but other than that the layout gives plenty of room for melee and ranged heroes to approach or escape messy situations.

sunnydale high 1

The second map featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Sunnydale High. This map offers more narrow passageways than The Bronze, and the zone placement makes for even more interesting engagements. There are multiple areas to create pins, and there is only 1 space with 3 zones within it for ranged heroes to take advantage of; regardless, with how the zones are spread out and contained, ranged heroes are going to want to keep on the move.  

Heroes

Angel

Once the Scourge of Europe, the brooding vampire is cursed with a soul, conflicted by his victories and taking solace in his losses.

Read more about Angel here.

Buffy

She’ll hit you with Mr. Pointy or summon her Slayer’s strength for a cartwheel kick.

Read more about Buffy here.

Spike

A relentless hunter, he seeks the shadows and calls on Drusilla’s Sight to let him know just where and when to strike. Bloody hell!

Read more about Achilles here.

Willow

A peerless witch, she dabbles in black magic and risks her darker self, potent but dangerous.

Read more about Willow here.

Final Thoughts

Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer faithfully translates four heroes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Unmatched battlefield. Each hero may be simpler in design compared to many of the more recent heroes, but fans of the show will find their playstyles, art, and references extremely faithful. Each hero and their unique abilities give them unique interactions and advantages over a wide array of the Unmatched roster. Additionally, the included maps are some of my favorites in the entire game.

Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a worthwhile addition to any Unmatched collection. It does fall short when compared to some of the more recent sets, but this can be forgiven seeing as how it was one of the first sets ever created. Fans of Buffy will find this to be a great game on its own, but when paired with the other editions, players have access to a massive variety of matchups that continue to grow with each new set. If you wish to expand your collection further, be sure to check out the following game sets and expansions:

Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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