Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF is a dice and card game set in the Tiny Epic universe. You are going to try to colonize as many planets as possible using your rockets.
You start a turn by rolling a number of dice. At the beginning you may roll 4 dice, but you can upgrade this. On these dice are actions that you can use. These are: move a rocket, advance a colony, collect resources or utilize your galaxy. You may use all the dice you have rolled 1 time. The other players may also 'follow' them if they use a resource. You can move a rocket to a planet where you can use the planet action right away or choose to colonize the planet. If you choose to colonize, you must advance the colony until you get all the way to the top of the track. The planet then becomes part of your personal universe and you can use the action on it during the 'utilize galaxy' action. If you have enough resources, instead of utilizing your galaxy you can also upgrade your player board to unlock more dice and spaceships.
Points are collected by colonizing planets and upgrading your player board. The first player to gather 21 points wins the game!
Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF is our 3rd game in the Tiny Epic series. This version is a successor to Tiny Epic Galaxies, the best-selling game from Gamelyn Games. We understand that! Because of all the Tiny Epic games we have played so far, Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF is our favorite.
Many people like the fact that the Tiny Epic series contains many great games in small boxes. Worker placement with super small meeples and cute components. We understand this, after all, it makes for a unique gaming experience, but personally we often found it just a lot of fiddling. We have said it before, but when we feel like a worker placement we rather pick up a regular board game like Rajas of the Ganges. Most games in the Tiny Epic series are small boxes with an awful lot of little components and cards. With Tiny Epic Galaxies, this is different. This is not a worker placement in a small box, it is a simple and quick dice game. We were happy to see a game of this kind in the Tiny Epic series as well.
Unlike Tiny Epic Pirates, Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF does not contain any particularly small components. The game contains normal dice and cute meeples in the shape of a spaceship. Therefore, you don't have to figure out and set up much and can start playing right after reading the rules!
In addition to the larger board games, we are definitely fans of roll&writes and other dice games. It is therefore not very surprising that we liked Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF. The rules are clear, you have a limited number of actions you can perform and the game plays simple yet challenging. Perfect for when you want to play a game, but not necessarily in the mood for a brainteaser. As far as we're concerned, you can never have too many games like this!
One of our favorite things about Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF is the following mechanism. This action keeps you involved in the game even when your opponent is playing. So you don't have time to get distracted and pick up your phone, which is great fun! It is a simple action that still has a great impact on gameplay. We can appreciate this very much.
Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF is quite different from the other games in the Tiny Epic series that we have played. It is an entertaining and simple dice game with fun player interaction. This will probably remain our favorite Tiny Epic game for a while!
Pros and cons
+ Simple and clear rules
+ Fun player interaction
+ Fast and not too many actions
- Low replayability