[Toy Fair 2016] Boardgaming Focus: Cryptozoic Entertainment

So up until this point, I have been covering our standard fare here at Hi-Def Ninja, but I am going to change it up a drop and cover something a bit different. As boardgaming gets more and more popular, I figured it would be good to showcase a few games from Cryptozoic.

Cryptozoic have some very cool games licensed with some popular brands.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

A huge Kickstarter success, Ghostbusters: The Board Game lets you play as your favorite Ghostbuster as you try to capture wayward ghosts. Players then select which ghost they want to capture and start that scenario. Each Ghostbuster has a distinct role and unlocks unique abilities by gaining experience. The game offers modes for different levels of players, making it accessible to beginners and challenging to experts. The game is customizable, cooperative, and highly re-playable.

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Plays : 1-4 Players
Playing time varies: 30-120 minutes
Price: $85.00


SPYFALL is an easy-to-learn card game of bluffing, probing questions, clever answers, and suspicion. At the start of each round, players receive a secret card letting them know which location they are at such as a casino, in an airplane, there are 30 unique locations. However, one player receives the SPY card instead of the location. Therefore the spy needs to figure out the location before the other players figure out who the spy is.

Players take turns asking each other questions. Questions should be specific enough for other non-spies to answer, but not too specific that the spy can figure out where the location is. Answers should be specific enough for others to realize you are not the spy, but not too specific to give away the location.

Once per round, each player can accuse another player of being the Spy. If all players agree, the game ends and that player’s secret card is flipped up. If the Spy is captured, each of the Non-Spy players win the round. If a Non-Spy is revealed, the Spy wins or if the Spy reveals himself, he may guess where he is. If he’s right, he wins the round. If not, the Non-Spy players win.


Plays: 3-8 Players
Play time: 45 minutes
Price: $25.00

Continuing in their Deck-building line, they are offering a Attack on Titan and a Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis. In Crossover Crisis, play as favorite heroes from Cartoon Network’s past and present hit shows — Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Steven Universe — to take them down.

For those unfamiliar with deck-building games, each player starts with their own basic 10 card deck and draws a hand of five cards each turn. Power is the currency you will use to buy new, stronger cards to add to your deck. The goal of a deck-building game is to craft your personal deck into a well-oiled machine. A large, central stack of cards supplies a five-card “Line-Up” from which players make their purchases. Each player will always have five cards to choose from each turn, so every turn there are new options and new surprises. When a player has amassed enough Power, he or she may attempt to defeat the current Boss.

Also available are many DC properties of the game.

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Play time: 45 minutes
Price: $40.00

They even offer a co-operative The Walking Dead board game where you are trying to survive zombie attacks in four locations: The Farm, The Prison, The Town, and The Highway.


Plays: 1-4 Players
Playing time 45 Minutes
MSRP: $40.00
Finally though, be on the lookout for a really fun game coming later in the year called Mad Science Foundation. In this game, players are creating insane inventions and gain infamy before your fellow mad scientists. You can even have SHARKS WITH FRIGGIN LASERS. Rarely do I comment on it, but the art in this game is worth the price alone.


Plays: 2-4 Players
Playing time 45 Minutes
MSRP: $25.00

Thanks again to Cryptozoic and specifically Ryan Skinner for letting Hi-Def Ninja introduce some great board games to our members.

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Media Journalist | Michael loves all things pop culture and has an opinion about everything whether you ask for it or not. Michael collects steelbooks, posters, convention exclusives, LEGO, Transformers, and everything in between.