Non-Traditional Star Wars Edition Risk Board Game Review

Risk Star Wars Edition is a board game made by Hasbro for Star Wars fans and fans familiar with the game of Risk.

This is a battle strategy game like original Risk, however, Star Wars Risk play is very different, even though released by Hasbro under the Risk brand.

The game simulates the entire final battle sequence from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and has nothing to do with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, even though one of Episode VII’s characters, Kylo Ren is featured on the box.

This is a 2 to 4 player game with an estimated game time of about 45 to 60 minutes. The gameplay is card driven and better resembles its predecessor – Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit released in 2000.

How you do in battle on one area of the game board affects your success in battles on other areas of the game board.

Assembling the Star Wars Risk Board

The board assembles in three pieces, each representing a battle. The game has three different battles going on simultaneously — you have the Battle of Endor (right), the battle for destruction of the Death Star (center) and the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (left).

 

Every section on the board will have small imprinted images that tell you which starfighters and how many of them need to be in a specific game board space.

There are also “Order” cards, blue for the Rebels and red for the Empire, that have different symbols on them responsible for determining your actions through the three different battles. The cards may have two or three symbols on them and the symbols will be color coded to a specific battle and area on the board.

Star Wars Risk Game Board

Included in the Star Wars Risk box are:

  • 1 – TIE Fighter themed game board with three (3) separate distinct areas of combat
  • 5 – Dice
  • 30 – Empire Order (Action) Cards
  • 30 – Rebel Order (Action) Cards
  • 4 – Hit Tokens
  • 9 – Stormtrooper Tokens
  • 1 – Rebel Strike Team Token
  • 1 – Millennium Falcon Token
  • 1 – Executor Token
  • 20 – X-Wing Fighters
  • 15 – B-Wing Fighters
  • 16 – Y-Wing Fighters
  • 1 – Detailed Set of Instructions

Risk Star Wars Game Play

  1. One team of players or single player is going to be the Empire and the other two players or single player will be the Rebel Alliance.
  2. If you are the Empire player your goal is to destroy all of the Rebel fleet you also have fleet markers that have ships docked.
  3. If you are the Rebel player you need to destroy the Death Star. The Death Star is protected by shields and you have to knock the shields out first.
  4. Each side will have their own fighters — the game includes Y-Wing, TIE, X-Wing and B-Wing starfighters plus the Millennium Falcon.
  5. Each team or single player will get six (6) cards at the start of the game. The player will make a plan by choosing 3 of the 6 cards and placing the 3 cards, face down, in the order they want that action to occur. Both the Rebel and Empire sides do this simultaneously. The Rebel player or team goes first.
  6. The top action card of the Rebel player will be flipped over face up and the Rebel play will choose which of the action available on the card to proceed with. Then the Empire player will do the same until all actions in the cards have been completed the both players run out of cards.
  7. When you select an action card, you will only choose one of the actions in the symbols provided on the cards i.e., one of the cards may indicate a symbol to organize a squad of fighters and the other symbol may be to attack Darth Vader with a lightsaber…the player will only choose one of these actions.
  8. Bonus cards can be awarded in game play giving a player an advantage by having extra Order card actions over the opposing player. For example, in the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, if Darth Vader wins over Luke then the Empire player get 4 bonus Order cards.
  9. If Luke Skywalker wins over Darth Vader, the Rebel team gets 3 Order cards. If Rebel player has a card with Darth Vader’s head on it AND Darth Vader’s hit points are on 3, 2 or 1, a player may choose to redeem Darth Vader by playing the card — then the Rebel team gets 5 additional Order cards and an advantage over the Empire.
  10. The Risk game dice determine how many hits are taken in battle and are marked by the circled numbers on the battle boards.

Facts About this Risk Star Wars Edition Game

  1. This is a battle strategy board game that is recommended by Hasbro for Ages 10 and older.
  2. It is made for Hasbro outside the US and is imported.
  3. This game is for 2 to 4 players — best played as individuals or teams of two.
  4. Game play time is estimated at 45 to 60 minutes.
  5. There are a number of small pieces so the game set should be kept away from small children and curious pets.
  6. This is officially licensed Star Wars merchandise that is based on the final battles in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  7. Game board and playing cards are cardboard, battle fleet fighters and dice are plastic or resin.
  8. Pricing has been determined by the supplier and not this review website. Pricing will change based on popularity and availability.

Risk: Star Wars Edition Game

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Features

  • TIE fighter gameboard features 3 theaters of combat
  • 2 ways to play: 2 players or 2 teams
  • Players choose to play as the light or dark side
  • Features iconic Star Wars vehicles including the Millennium Falcon
  • Includes 3 gameboard pieces, 20 X-wing fighters, 16 Y-wing fighters, 15 B-wing fighters, 56 TIE fighters, 6 Rebel fleet markers, 1 Millennium Falcon token, 1 Executor token, 4 hit tokens, 9 Stormtrooper tokens, 1 Rebel Strike Team token, 30 Empire order cards, 30 Rebel order cards, 5 dice, and instructions.