Gameplay works, in its basics by kicking in doors, fighting monsters, and grabbing treasure in the race to be the first player to reach Level 10 check out an online demo of Munchkin here
Each person's turn begins with the player kicking down the door which means... drawing a Door card face-up. If there is a monster in the room, the player fights the monster. If the player's level plus bonuses from the player's equipment is higher than the monster's level plus any bonuses the monster might have , then the player wins the fight and moves up one level (though some monsters grant two levels), then draw a treasure card.
If the player did not find a monster in the room, then the player can choose to either draw another Door card face down (looting the room) or fight a monster from his hand (looking for trouble).
To prevent opponents from achieving the winning level , players can give enhancing cards to whatever monsters are fighting the other player so that the monsters will win and cause the player to have to try to Run Away from the monsters and maybe have to suffer "Bad Stuff" from the monsters, or throw curses on each other (or have them happen randomly). Players can also use items against each other to delay their win.
You can help each other defeat monsters, adding together their level and bonuses to beat the monsters. The player who helps the other player can negotiate a deal to receive some of the Treasure cards earned by defeating the monster, or some other advantageous trade, but the helper never gets a Level for helping without playing a card or using an ability that allows it
Players can gain extra abilities or advantages by getting "Class" cards with a few examples shown below.
Its a great fun game with an awesome theme, nice art work, high replay factor, and can be enjoyed by most ages. It can also be arguably ( my excuse to play it lots) help Olivia with her Maths as she adds up all her item bonuses.
Played with a bunch of friends, this gets cut throat, and competitive people (like the wife) can get brutal with it, promises will be made and broken, deals offered, bribes thrown, all sorts of treachery and glory will await.
If you have not played munchkin before, give it a try, we had great fun with it, if you are an Adventure time fan you NEED this, just for flicking through the cards alone, let alone the great game its packed with.
Its RRP is £19.99 take a look here to find your local store and take an adventure to get yourself a copy, or head into your local Watertones and you can grab one there as well.