Superfight (’90s Deck)

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 90s Deck.

It’s fall. For students, it means back to school. For parents, it means the kids go BACK TO SCHOOL! If you have a young person in your world, it’s also a common time to reflect back on one’s own youth. Since both the 80s and 90s decks are completely an exercise in nostalgia, please bare with me as I wax nostalgic for a bit.

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.

Unlike many of the themed expansion decks, the balance of this set doesn’t lend itself to stand alone play, and honestly, that’s ok. First of all, it’s not actually designed for standalone play. Second, most of the black Attribute cards aren’t really very good. They are all very thematic, but being Armed With A Neon Gel Milky Pen Gun or As Drawn By Lisa Frank isn’t particulary, well, good. That being said there are some genius moments like Gets Knocked Down, But Gets Up Again and Using Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen As Nunchucks.

The blue Location cards are above average, with places like Blockbuster and Inside A Where’s Waldo Book. The purple Scenario cards have some fun potential with the Fight Happens At Dial-Up Speed, and Y2K Just Happened For Real! All Machines and Electronics Are Out Of Control!

Where this set obviously shines is the white Character cards, with the likes of Reptar, Rita Repulsa, and Steve Urkel. Keeping in mind that by the end of the 90s I was working at 5 am and at college until late in the evening, (often with a nap during my 10 am English class), I was surprised at how few cards I drew a complete blank on. That says a lot when you can really distill an entire decade down to only 100 cards.

If you actually remember the 90s this is worth your time to pick up for sure.

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