A Touch of Evil /Something Wicked: A Game Review

I bought A Touch of Evil when it first came out.  It seemed like a lighter Arkham Horror co-op game with a fun theme.  Being a fan of Hammer horror, I couldn’t resist.  I’ve enjoyed Flying Frog’s previous game Last Night on Earth, but it never really wowed me.  Still, I was impressed enough by that game and intrigued enough by the concept of A Touch of Evil to give it a go.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of this game, each player takes on the role of a unique hero, exploring a 19th century village, looking for clues, fighting monsters, and ultimately hunting for the dark master villain.  Maybe it’s a vampire or a werewolf or a spectral horseman.  Whatever it is, it’s evil and somebody’s gotta stop it.  What makes A Touch of Evil fun is that, while it’s a simple game, your strategy and tactics vary based on your hero and the villain they face.  Also, you can play the game competatively (trying to be the first to kill the bad guy) or co-op, where all the players are teamed up trying to save the day.

I played A Touch of Evil a few times and enjoyed it.  Then I just put it aside and kind of forgot about it because…well, you probably know if you’re a regular BGG visitor how it is.  You buy a new game that pushes the others to the background.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Still, A Touch of Evil is a fun game.  And I realize every time I play it that I actually like it quite a bit.  But somehow, I forget and it ends up back on the shelf.  Which is weird.  It’s like a dark magic casts a spell over me, making me forget how much I enjoy the game until I actually get around to opening the box and playing it again.  Then it’s like, hey, this is a fun game! I should play it more often!

Which is why I’m glad that Something Wicked came out because it gives me a reason to dust this game off and play it again.

When I first saw Something Wicked in the store, I wasn’t sure I wanted it.  I didn’t buy any expansions for Last Night on Earth.  And I hadn’t played A Touch of Evil often enough to get burnt out on it yet.  But then I took a look at the box.  Specifically the back of the box.

Bog Fiend.

That’s all it took to convince me.  I’ve always been a fan of the Universal monsters and the gilman is an underrated horror if you ask me.  So the fact that Flying Frog thought well enough of this guy to include him in their expansion…how could I resist?

But what else is in this box that makes it worth buying?

Something Wicked introduces 4 new heroes, 4 new villains, and adds a new map, doubling the size of the board and adding new locations.  In short, it makes a good game better.

Something Wicked adds more content to A Touch of Evil, but it doesn’t really include a bunch of new rules to learn or modify the game in any radical way.  So if you don’t like A Touch of Evil then this expansion probably isn’t going to win you over.  On the other hand, if you enjoy the game but are looking for a new villain to test your resolve and some new encounters to spice up your game, this is a pretty solid investment.

I’m glad I bought it, but, to be honest, it could’ve added nothing but the Bog Fiend and I’d probably have been happy.

P.S. The new Hero Pack released simultaneously features a hero named The Scarlet Shadow, infamous highwayman and rogue.  Damn.  Looks like I just might have to pick that one up too.

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  1. peter darbyshire
    Posted September 12, 2009 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    How is the co-op mode? Looking for something to play with the wife that won’t result in real bloodshed.

  2. A. Lee Martinez
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Cooperative mode seems to work well. I’ve played both competatively and cooperatively, and have enjoyed both.

  3. SpaceBattle
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Have you played Betrayal at the House on the Hill? That game is incredible. Seems a bit Touch of Evil(y).

  4. A. Lee Martinez
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve played Betrayal. It’s a fun game. Not a favorite of mine, but unique. I like A Touch of Evil much better, possibly because it’s more traditional. On the other hand, it’s certainly not as diverse in its scenarios as Betrayal.

  5. Posted December 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised you didn’t like Last Night on Earth! Then again, my first play of the game was dominated by a guy who was more interested in eating brains (in the game, of course) than he was in teaching everyone else how to play. When I played a second time, the game went very well, and literally came down to the roll of one die to determine the winner. I rolled the die, pulled up a 6, and the heroes won the day!

    I haven’t played A Touch of Evil yet. I’m still trying to decide if I want to get LNoE, but I already have 500 games, with a large percentage of them still to be played….

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