Exceed by Level 99 Games


Greetings All,

I was lucky enough to receive Exceed from Level 99 Games to review! This will be my first review requested by a game company so I am a bit nervous.

Let me start by requesting that my readers go check out a quick start tutorial video so that you are caught up on the rules, as the rules are extensive. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

*Cue the Jeopardy music.*

…Alright, did you study up? Good.

I’ll be honest I am not a large fan of fighting card games or living card games, but this was actually really fun. I have a few Level 99 games and I will say that they just get how to do fighting games. Off hand I can think of two in particular that I’ve played in their fighting genre that are also pretty great and those are Sellswords (very similar to Triple Triad from Final Fantasy 8) and Disc Duelers (it’s like RPG Battle Pogs), which has sadly been discontinued. I am terrible at both of those games, but I held my own well in Exceed.

The artwork in Exceed is beautiful, however, it does have that typical big breasted women look which has always been a turn off in board/card games to me. It just gets old seeing it everywhere. I do like that this fighting systems art differed from the style of Pixel Tactics, Sellswords, and Disc Duelers. The character cards in Exceed are incredibly detailed and the normal attack cards have this great water-color look which is phenomenal.

The cards are good quality, but the box and rules bothered me. I don’t like the idea of a game box that opens at the end, but honestly I may just be spoiled by all these great board game boxes and clamshell card games. The rules fold out open, which wouldn’t be terrible if they weren’t so massive. I just wish the rules came in a booklet style. Other than that the rules are well written, however, I was confused on when to use Boosts. Boosts are actions listed on some of the cards and the rules explain how they play out, but didn’t clarify whether or not they could be played during a Strike. I later received clarification on this from Mr. Talton Jr from Level 99 Games, whom is a really nice guy by the way. I informed Mr. Talton that I hadn’t used Boosts during my first few playthroughs and his reply was great:

“Boosts generally start to come into play once you have the fundamentals down and understand the matchup against your opponent. They allow you to get around the normal “X beats Y” flow of play, but that requires a solid understanding of the Normals and their relationships. A lot of depth that experienced players will find in the game is through the use of these boosts to alter the ordinary attack relationships. :)” – D. Brad Talton Jr, Level 99 Games.

The characters in the game really bring heart to fight, they all have their own things they focus on. For example in box one of Red Horizon you have Reese, Heidi, Nehtali, and Vincent. Nehtali focuses on the use of Gauge, these are cards that are set aside after Striking. These cards are used to essentially pay for attacks. Nehtali had some of the most powerful natural attacks and widest range of any of the eight characters I got to play as. Vincent focused heavily on movement and close ranged attacks. Heidi focused on Boost abilities and Reese focused on gaining the Advantage.

Final thoughts

This is a great two player fighting game and I really enjoyed it, it will definitely be in rotation with my husband and I. It reminded me a great deal of Brawl by Cheapass Games and while Brawl is much easier and faster… Exceed has much more depth and with so many characters all focusing on different things it has way better replayability. I am hoping for a better box and rule set up, but at this point I’m just being picky. Looking at games that are strictly two player, it’s in my top five for sure.

I highly recommend checking out Exceed on Level 99’s site, there is print and play version so you can try before you buy, tutorial videos, and information on Seasons 1 and 2 of Exceed.

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Brawl and Get Lucky

Greetings All,

Today I will be quickly covering two of the games I have knocked off of my unplayed games list. I played a few others, but for ease I will be putting them in smaller groups. For those of you just tuning in you can refer to my last post titled Unplayed Games. I must also note that despite my urgency in playing all of these games before purchasing more… I may have slipped up. I encountered several games at a neat little store called Bargain Hunt. I got a load of games for a total of like $40. Feel free to judge me now.


Brawl by Cheapass Games

2+ Players, 1-2 Minutes

This game consists of six different characters that all have their own decks and you have a real-time “Brawl”. I’ll include the rules and a video for ease. Each deck has multiple card types ranging from attacks to blocks and even cards that clear the board so to speak. It’s a really fast paced and simple game. I have only played a two player game so the game may very well get more complicated with additional players. The art reminds me a great deal of Street Fighter and it was really cool playing a fighting game with cards. There have been three expansions, but I’ve looked and they are hard to find at a reasonable price, they are Brawl: Catfight, Brawl: Club Foglio, and Brawl: Ting Ting. There was also a recent Kickstarter for Brawl: Senior Year. The general Brawl page on Cheapass has information regarding all Brawl games and characters and even cool coloring pages for Brawl: Senior Year character. All and all I think it’s a great little game with the potential for growth. Different characters definitely make the replayability great.


Get Lucky by Cheapass Games.

2-6 Players, 15-25 Minutes

This is the card game version of Kill Doctor Lucky, which is a huge hit with my gaming groups. Each players gets to be a character that has been scorned by Doctor Lucky for some reason or another and it is hilarious. I’ll include rules and a video for ease. The art work is phenomenal and the writing is even better. Spite cards are what you use to stop other players from winning. The spite cards and character cards both have funny bits of writing on them that really make the game giggle worthy despite the fact that your entire purpose is to kill Doctor Lucky. I really preferred the card game to the board game, but literally everyone else I played with felt the board game was better. The board game definitely has a charming feel, but the card game takes up less space. The both have different rules and still feel very similar. This is a great game with great replayability and will be a part of our collection for years to come.

Both of these games were from Cheapass games, so I thought I’d mention that they have this great Free Games sections that you should check out. Also feel free to look at their contact page to subscribe to their newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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