Whether you want a wicked robot to spar with a living boat, or a mad scientist to take on a Fae Empress, Battle Bosses has what you need! You’ll pit epic bosses against one another, and do whatever it takes to takes to knock out the competition. Do you have what it takes to be the last boss standing? It’s time to put you battle skills to the test!

What Is It?

A card driven miniature battle game! The miniautres come in individual boxes, with everything you need for 1 player (i.e. you need at least 2 boxes to play), so you can collect all the different bosses!

For gameplay, players will roll dice each turn to collect resources, which they’ll use to move around the board, make minions, and play cards. Cards may have one-time effects, or give a player’s units upgrades to help them in battle. Once a boss takes damage equal to their maximum health, they are eliminated. The last boss standing is the winner!

Who Is It For?

  • 2 Players (You can play with more, as long as you have the appropriate components, but I had 2 bosses, and liked it at just 2; I wouldn’t want to add more players, personally)
  • Ages 12+
  • Fans of light battle games
    • Have to be okay with input randomness


  • Smooth game play / turns
  • Small rule set + rules are well-written
  • Characters are unique but feel balanced
  • Multiple options for boss maximum health is neat for long vs short game
  • Components – Nice quality tiles, cards, dice, et cetera; no complaints
  • No Combat Rolls – I really like that you know you will be able to damage your opponent if your boss or minion lands on their space
  • Pre-painted Minis – Super cool looking


  • A few typos on cards, shouldn’t impact game play once you’re aware of it
  • The minis are really big for the tiles, so nothing else (minions, treasures, et cetera) really fits on the tiles. The bosses also come with character standees you can use, which is cool, but the minis are much cooler, so I want to use them, I just wish they fit on the board better
  • You have to roll for resources (energy/crystals) which are how you do actions (move, play cards…), so if you have unlucky rolls, it might set you back a bit
  • The print in the rule book is much too small. If you have bad vision, you may want to grab a magnifying glass so you don’t squint the whole time

Final Thoughts

This is a super streamlined battle game that works great for 2 players. There’s no finicky line of sight rules, or weird exceptions, you just do what your cards say, and damage opponent units in your spot. It’s a solid choice for a introductory game in the genre.

Even though the minis are bigger than the board spots, they do look great on the table, along with everything else! I would definitely recommend getting at least 3 bosses to play with 2 people, so that you can vary the matchups a little bit, and ultimately add to the replay value. I think with only 2 you may end up yearning for more.

In the end, I think this is a really solid game!

Additional Information:
My Final Rating: 6.5/10

Designers – Michael Grothe, Alex Kessler
Publisher – Kess Co.
MSRP – $19.99 per Boss

*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review*

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