Welcome back to Superfight Saturday. Each month we will look at a different expansion for Skybound Games’ runaway hit party game, Superfight. If you have never played Superfight before, a good place to start would be my review of the Core Game. This month, we will be taking a nostalgic look at The ’80s Deck.
So, as I made an observation at the start of my review of the Superfight ’90s Deck:
“I belong to that mini-generation that is increasingly known as a Xenial. Being born at the front end of that generation, I was a true child of the 80s and teen of the 90s. I used dead-tree encyclopedias, CD-ROM encyclopedias, and wiki-pedia. I’ve used rotary phones to iPhones and everything in between. Consequently, I land in an awkward in-between space between Superfight’s two nostalgia decks. Cards like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ren & Stimpy, and Y2K Doomsday Prepper, all bring back a host of very different memories. Whereas I expect to identify more with the Saturday morning cartoons I expect will show up prominently in the 80s deck, and less with the pop culture references. But I haven’t cracked that one open to look yet.”
Well, this month I finally cracked into the ’80s deck. As I suspected, most of the non-cartoon references were ones I remember more from my teen (or even adult) years, rather than my childhood. For example, I’m sure I’ve seen Top Gun, but I don’t remember it and know it most from cultural exposure. So when I see the white Character cards Maverick (Pre Goose Dying) and Maverick (Post Goose Dying) I appreciate the humour but don’t actually have much to go on. Similarly, most of my memories of Mr. T seem to be from the ’90s, then I go look and I’m wrong. It’s interesting how memory works.
Some cards certainly transcend the ’80s. Levar Burton is as relevant now as he ever was, and Pick a Madonna is a great commentary on her career. Choose a Muppet is certainly not an ’80s exclusive, although choosing a Muppet Baby sure would have been.
The black Attribute cards range from obvious to obscure (to modern kids). Wearing Acid Wash Jeans Covered in Actual Acid and Wearing Parachute Pants That Function as Real Parachutes get the point across even if you are lucky enough to not understand the fashion references. Has Pogo Balls For Feet may mean nothing to younger players, just like they might not understand that Armed With A Firehose That Shoots Poison New Coke is a card that didn’t need to clarify “poison” (blech).
The handful of blue Location cards and purple Scenario cards generally not too obscure, although All Fighters Are Wearing Reebok Pumps seems like a toss-away card included to reinforce the theme without making it an annoyingly useless Attribute card.
The deck is set up well enough to support standalone play, but mixing it specifically with the ’90s deck (which is really not) would make for a near perfect nostalgia night for the right demographics. If you’re of an age where the references here will mean something to you, definitely pick this up. Also, bonus shoutout to The Duck Hunt Dog.