Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse Review

Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse is a frantic, dice chucking survival microgame for 2 players by David Miller, on Kickstarter.  Players take on the role of Meepletown citizens trying to survive an impending Apocalypse. One must get their citizens in the Fallout Shelter before their opponent does, or before the Monster attacks and eats everyone.

Game in play.  Game mat is available in the deluxe version.
Game in play. Game mat is available in the deluxe version.

The game is played simultaneously with every meeple placed facedown.  Players roll both their dice, as fast as they can.  If they roll a 7, they can do one of many different actions. The player can stand up a meeple, knock down an opponent’s meeple, get one meeple into the Fallout Shelter, etc. If a player rolls doubles on what the current monster die is, the monster die goes down by 1.  Once the monster die reaches one and a player rolls snake eyes, all players lose the game!

sample play 2

Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse is exciting and very fun.  The simultaneous play allows for players to get in many games in a short span, and even though it’s a dice game, there’s enough you can do that you don’t feel the randomness ebbing in. Because you activate actions on 7s, you never feel like there’s nothing to do.  You’re either rolling dice frantically or using your actions.  To make the game even more exciting, David included a soundtrack to the game, with 7 tracks that can be downloaded into MP3 files.  The soundtrack definitely adds to the game and provides an an awesome ambience.

All the components fit just right.
All the components fit just right.

Like the previous Mint Tin games by David Miller, the game comes in a mint tin, this time mini size!  Every component is manufactured in the USA, and put together in David’s home.  This not only helps out small businesses, but also allows David to get the games out sooner to backers.  No having to wait for the games on a ship!

Comparing another mint tin to show how small it is.
Comparing another mint tin to show how small it is.

Each Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse game comes with the Manhole Expansion, which adds strategy and depth to the game.  The deluxe version of Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse comes with the game mat shown in the photos, as well as a journal and extra manhole cover.  Every copy comes with instructions on Revlar paper, which coincides well with the theme, as it’s tear resistant and water resistant paper.

The game mat has fantastic art, definitely a good addition to the game.  Game mat available with the deluxe version.
The game mat has fantastic art, definitely a good addition to the game. Game mat available with the deluxe version.

If you love microgames, pick up a copy (or several) of Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse.  These will not be going retail after the Kickstarter, so this is your only opportunity to get your hands on this incredibly small, amazing game.

I was provided a review copy.

 

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