Review – Dixit: Mirrors
|Publisher||Libellud (Asmodee North America)|
|Category||Family / Party Game|
|Release Date||December 2020|
Around the same time that The Resistance was pioneering the “social deduction” genre, Dixit was showing a lighter side of the same principle. It won the Spiel des Jahres in 2010, and Dixit: Mirrors is now its tenth expansion. Uh, do we still need expansions? Let’s find out!
I am of two minds about this expansion. In principle, Dixit certainly benefits from more cards beyond its initial 84 cards. Furthermore, this set of artwork is absolutely fantastic. It’s the best in a long time, and an easy recommendation for players just getting started and wanting some more Dixit cards. But people, we’re close to a thousand (a thousand!) unique Dixit cards at this point, and I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one box if I wanted to. Do we need this?
In general, I am supportive of expansions that don’t interfere with a game’s core concepts, or greatly change or extend the gameplay. These expansions certainly don’t change anything (with the exception of Odyssey); they are simply more artwork to use. However, it’s getting dififcult to justify $29.99 for a deck of 84 cards, when the same studio and publisher can make Mysterium Park for the same price, which includes cards with similar (maybe even more in-depth) artwork, a new ruleset for its predecessor Mysterium, tons of cardboard, and so on.
In fact, it’s easy to see the parallels between Mysterium and Dixit, both coming from Libellud and both centering around player interpretations of surreal, gorgeous artwork. But the lack of integration between the various products, and lack of innovation in the realm of Dixit, is really starting to show. Many games have since iterated this genre: Codenames, Decrypto, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, Pictures, and many more. There are a lot of ideas that could be refined and integrated into a new standalone version of Dixit that could still use all of the prior cards (and provide another box to stuff cards into).
Dixit is still a fantastic game, and if you need more cards, I highly recommend this set over some of the other more recent sets. But I’m past ready to see something truly new in the world of Dixit.
Thank you to Asmodee North America for providing a review copy of Dixit: Mirrors.
The Bottom Line
It's the best Dixit artwork in a long time, but the game needs something more at this point.