Play a Disney villain in new Villainous board game
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Disney’s 1973 Robin Hood is objectively the best film the studio ever made—send all e-mail disagreements on this point to lee@ars—and my childhood would have been vastly poorer without the song “Phony King of England.” That’s why new board game Villainous so grabbed my attention. A board game in which you can play Disney villains? Including Prince John? And in which you can summon wolf archers, rhino guards, and Sir Hiss to combat Robin Hood? Sign me up!
Villainous is now widely available in stores, including Target and Amazon, but it’s not the mass-market cash-in you might expect. This is a surprisingly “gamery” game with some interesting mechanics and some lovely art. But still, can it live up to its legendary source material?