A game of mystery, exploration, and horror.
The original Mansions of Madness was great fun, but it had a few issues: excessive fiddliness, long preparation, setup and pack up times, and most egregious of all, a few gaping errors in its scenarios. But for older gamers like me, it harkened back to the old days when you had to put a bit more effort into a game to see it shine.
Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a completely different beast, because all the fiddliness and effort has been swept away by tying the game to an app. And despite my initial misgivings, the game really is more fun for it. Sure, I still have a nostalgic twinge of sadness for the complexity of the original, and I’m still not a big fun of introducing apps to my wonderful tech-free hobby, but the plots are more cohesive and the whole experience smoother.
Sadly, the crappy miniature design from first edition remains. Understandably I suppose, so first edition users can still use their old figures and map tiles, but a shame as they really are sub-par. My only other misgiving is the excessive amount of text that players have to read out, but that’s par for the course for this kind of game.
But when it comes down to it, most of the first edition scenarios will sit on my shelves unplayed, as this new edition is the one that will hit the table when I’m feeling like a wander through an old dark house at imminent risk of my sanity and health.