|Players:||2 - 5 players|
|Time:||5 - 30 minutes|
5-Minute Dungeon is a chaotic, co-operative, real-time card game in which players have only five minutes to escape the randomized dungeon. Communication and teamwork are critical to survival because there's no time to form a carefully considered plan — and no predicting what dangers lie ahead.
In more detail, players assume the role of one of ten heroes, each with special cards and abilities. Once the five-minute timer starts, the race is on to defeat all the monsters inside the dungeon. In order to defeat a monster, players must match symbols from their hand with ones on the monster's card. At the end of each dungeon is a powerful dungeon boss — and after the first boss is defeated, the campaign continues to the second boss. Each boss, and each randomized dungeon, gets harder until players reach the fifth and final boss.
This is a really fast-paced and suspenseful game where you work against the clock to defeat the baddies you encounter in a series of dungeons. Everyone throws down the cards that are needed to defeat a certain monster, but time is tight so you need to think and act fast. Different players and cards have certain powers - for instance stopping the time, healing or defeating certain types of monsters. You lose if either the time runs out before you defeat the big boss, or you simply can't get past a certain monster. It can be surprisingly strategic, and quite difficult. We've yet to make it past the first few dungeons. You can download a free app to use for the timer, which really adds to the game!
I brought this game for some school holiday fun, and boy did my kids take to it! It got played almost every day for several rounds, and is one of the few games they have bothered to introduce to their friends who came over. I love that it’s teamwork, and they love that it’s fast! We have yet to beat every boss with the timer, the kids prefer to play without the timer and just enjoy the journey of escaping the dungeon!