Power Rangers ACG: Rise of Heroes
Power Rangers Action Card Game: Rise of Heroes
Starter Deck: $9.99
Booster Packs: $3.99 each
In Japan, Tensou Sentai Goseiger marked the dawn of Super Sentai Battle Dice-O, Sentai’s answer to Kamen Rider’s popular Ganbaride arcade game using Bandai’s Cardass system. Flash forward to 2013, as Power Rangers Megaforce is debuting. As arcades are a beyond dying thing here in the United States, Bandai decided to turn it into the next best thing, a children’s card game. Everybody loves those! Bandai America took the Dice-O cards, changed the layout a bit, added special effects, states, and all that fun stuff to convert it into an “Action Card Game.” Cards can be purchased in Starter Decks for $9.99 or Booster Packs for $3.99 each. Cards numbered P-### are promotional cards that can currently be found in Power Rangers Megaforce related toys and merchandise.
Cards found in Booster Packs and Starter Decks are sorted in different rarities: Common, Rare, Super Rare, and Ultra Rare. Common and Rare cards are plain, nonholographic cards. Super Rare cards have a silver holofoil, while Ultra Rare cards have a gold holofoil. Common cards are designated by a blank circle, Rare cards are designated by a filled circle, Super Rare Cards are a blank star, and Ultra Rare cards are a filled in star. Cards found in the starter deck are exclusive to the deck, and are signified with a blank diamond, with a filled in diamond on the two holofoil cards.
Gameplay is fairly simple at the core. The first to run out of cards looses. You discard cards from your deck while summoning Rangers and Zords, because of effects of abilities, and when damage is dealt to you by the opposing player. I won’t get too far into the details in this post, but with all the different abilities and effects the different cards have, every battle can be a whole new experience. To top it off, if you use the Gosei Morpher to determine your power level, you have the chance to activate special effects. The play mat included with the Starter Deck has four special effects, and encourages you to create your own for unique Ranger Battles. Definitely a really interesting and exciting gimmick to add to the battles.
The first set is titled “Rise of Heroes” with cards numbered 1-###. The set is 90 cards in total found in the Booster Packs, with 30 additional cards found exclusively in the Starter Deck bringing the total card count up to 120. Rise of Heroes covers Mighty Morphin, RPM, Samurai, Super Samurai, and Megaforce. According to Bandai (thanks to RangerCrew for the heads up) future sets will introduce more seasons as time goes on. Not EVERYTHING within these seasons are represented. A lot of Zords, Megazords, villains, and even Rangers are missing from the final count of cards. RangerCrew has also stated that Set 2 is due out in April, and Set 3 sometime this summer.
Overall, I really like what Bandai has decided to do with this. Since an arcade machine wouldn’t really work in the United States, Bandai really only had three options: collectible cards, a card game, or a card based video game. Seeing as how collectible cards don’t really capture the kids, and card based video cames never really caught on, the card game was the best and most profitable option. To top it off, the integration of the Card Scanner App, as well as the Gosei Morpher as optional tools in the card game is fantastic. Both have the same function as the die: determining the power level of your card to figure its attack strength. The Gosei Morpher even brings in the added “special effects” that can occur randomly upon inserting the card to add an element of surprise to your battles. The Dice-O card artwork always looks fantastic (particularly the Zords and Megazords) and the new artwork is great too. As far as the set is concerned, I would have loved to see more variation in the card selection and not several copies of the same Ranger, but as a Pokémon TCG player I know the feeling all too well.
Below is a video I filmed unboxing the Starter Deck and opening up 10 of the Rise of Heroes booster packs. What cards did I get? Check out the video to find out![youtube http://youtu.be/ejVLgj5xa0o]
After the deck and 10 packs, I’m only missing 19 of the 120 cards, so all in all, I would consider it a successful pull!
Please stay tuned to my channel for an upcoming Tutorial Video on how to play the Action Card Game! I also plan to do a video showing the multitude of different sounds Rise of Heroes can unlock in the Gosei Morpher. Stay tuned Ranger Nation!
Posted on February 2, 2013, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers, Power Rangers ACG, Power Rangers RPM, Power Rangers Samurai, Power Rangers Super Samurai. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.