At Nexus Game Fair we received a copy of Dual Powers by Thunderworks Games. We’re fans of Twilight Struggle so we were excited when we heard this described as a lighter version of that title.
We’d say that is a fair assessment but your mileage may vary. Twilight Struggle is a fantastic game with great depth and trying to make a lite-version that still feels the same as the full-bodied version must have been no small task.
While we won’t disagree with the comparisons being made to this and Twilight Struggle, with the theme being so strong an indicator, we actually likened this more to a “2 de Mayo on steroids” instead. And with 2 de Mayo one of our favorite 2-player games that is not a bad thing. And let’s face it; getting Twilight Struggle tabled can be a task in itself. Dual Powers fills the space between the Mexican Revolution and the Cold War nicely.
Components: Good quality. The art is highly stylized and abstract and fits the time period / theme very well.
Game Setup: Setup instructions are clearly detailed in the rules set and setup was relatively quick and easy.
Mechanics: Hand management and area control.
Game Play: Straightforward card play where predicting what your opponent has up their sleeve cannot be over-valued.
Last Word: A simpler, more subtle wargame without a long run time makes an experience that non-wargamers can enjoy as well. If you enjoy 2 de Mayo or Twilight Struggle this has a place in your collection.