android netrunner review

Android Netrunner Board Game Review


Name: Android: Netrunner

BGG Weight: 3.40 / 5

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: Richard Garfield

Number of Players: 2

Playing Time: 45-60 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk

Board Game Mechanics: Action Points, Deck Construction, Hand Management, Race, Secret Unit Deployment



Strategy: 9.3

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 9.8

Replayability: 9.1

Game Rating: 8.7

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating: 7.5 + 9.3 = 16.8

Playability Rating: [(9.1 + 9.8 + 8.7) – 7.5] = 20.1

Play Rating Score: (16.8 + 20.1) * 2 = 73.8

Value Rating: 73.8 / 6.0 = 12.3


Final Score Rating: 73.8 + 12.3 = 86.10



Android: Netrunner is a two-player asymmetrical Living Card Game (LCG) set in a dystopian future where megacorporations and hackers fight for control. One player takes on the role of the corporation and tries to advance agendas while protecting their servers, while the other player takes on the role of the hacker and tries to infiltrate the corporation’s servers to steal their agendas. The game offers deep strategic gameplay with bluffing and hidden information mechanics. Players must carefully manage their resources and make tactical decisions on each turn. The game has a high level of replayability, as there are many different corporation and hacker factions to choose from, each with unique cards and abilities. The game also has a strong player interaction component, as players must constantly adapt to their opponent’s moves and try to outwit them.

Android: Netrunner does not offer solo or cooperative play, as it is strictly a two-player game. However, the game has a large and dedicated player community, with many organized play events and tournaments available.


For those who enjoy Android: Netrunner, here are 10 other games that may appeal to them:

  1. Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Another LCG from Fantasy Flight Games that offers deep storytelling and deck-building mechanics set in the Cthulhu mythos.
  2. Gloomhaven – A cooperative dungeon-crawling game with legacy elements and complex strategic gameplay.
  3. Cosmic Encounter – A classic game of intergalactic diplomacy and negotiation with a large variety of unique alien races and abilities.
  4. Twilight Imperium – A grand space opera game with diplomacy, politics, and epic battles over control of the galaxy.
  5. Star Wars: Rebellion – A two-player game of strategic combat and hidden information set in the Star Wars universe.
  6. Mage Knight Board Game – A complex, solo or cooperative game of exploration and conquest set in a high fantasy world.
  7. Race for the Galaxy – A fast-paced card game of space exploration and empire building with simultaneous action selection mechanics.
  8. Dominion – A deck-building game with simple mechanics but deep strategic gameplay.
  9. Specter Ops – A hidden movement game where one player takes on the role of a spy trying to complete objectives while avoiding detection by the other players.
  10. Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – A cooperative game of survival and deception set in the universe of the TV show.

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