Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game (Renegade Studios)

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We pulled Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game out when it was first released, but everyone promptly lost interest. What we expected would be a shallow-but-fun game looked to be far more complex than anticipated. Like many games, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game works best with someone teaching it to you. There are a few strange things about the game that can leave both casual and experienced players baffled. It's a deck builder, but as though rendered by someone who had never developed a deck builder.

Game Details

Players: 1 to 4

Game Time: 45 Minutes

Age: 13+

Genre: Deck Building

How is Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game Played?

In Scott Pilgrim, you first choose a character. Each character has a different starting deck, with resources, fight moves, and a love or hatred of drama. Drama is represented by filler cards inside your deck. Most characters have a "buddy" they can hand out, making another player their friend. That doesn't mean they help each other in the game; it means that things that happen to your buddy can impact you. For instance, if your buddy has drama in their hand, you might get more resources to spend.

In turn, players draw five cards and use their resources to purchase new cards. They can then decide to fight certain challenges or even the boss. And that's where this gets interesting... every card in Scott Pilgrim is two sided. Your resource cards are also attack cards. The cards you purchase can also be challenges to fight. Some abilities let you flip cards, giving the game another level of complexity. Do you save up to purchase a big card? Or do you flip it and fight it to prevent someone else from getting it?

How Does Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game Look?

You'd expect Scott Pilgrim's art and general theme to be one of the best things about it -- and it is -- but the art is really just ripped out of the books and there's very little "new" to any of it. Quotes abound, and very little original content is available. It can easily be compared to the Rick & Morty games -- it's clear that the developers were given a content packet of created art and told to work around it.

Enjoyment of this game is almost 100% contingent on already being on board with the theme. That's not a bad thing, but it is something to keep in mind if you only feel "meh" about Scott Pilgrim.

What's in the Box?
230 double-sided cards including characters, character decks, marketplace cards, and boss cards

How Does Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game Feel?

This game is extraordinarily random and it's very difficult to feel as though there's any form of strategy. In fact, the game can actually surprise you wth its ending, since you might only need 10 victory points to win and suddenly be able to purchase a 7 point card. 

More to the point, it's hard to take a deckbuilder seriously when you can literally see the cards as you shuffle. Due to the double-sided nature of the deck, you can always see what's coming up next. Cards actually tell you what's on their other side, and drama cards are differently colored. Though you can shuffle under a table, it's impossible not to be able to tell which cards everyone has in their hand and which cards are coming up next.

It's an interesting conceit, because it almost completely invalidates a major component of the deckbuilder. You no longer have any mystery to what cards you're pulling: you just have a long queue of every card you have. And in this game, it doesn't quite work.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game has more value to fans of the comic and the movie than it does to gamers, but it's still pretty impressive for a game that probably began as an edict to "build this game around this theme." 

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game Review
  • PRO: More than just a shallow cash-in, this deckbuilder does have some interesting mechanics to go with it.
  • CON: It feels like it was developed by someone who had only a passing familiarity with how deckbuilders work.