Gobblin’ Goblins Review
If you haven’t heard the news, we are now doing game reviews every Tuesday! These games can be of the video, board, or phone variety. These games could be old or new, mainstream or independent. Lately, we have been receiving a lot of independent video, board, and card games from a lot of great, up and coming companies. And it has been awesome! We feel honored to have all these people give their games to us so we can play them and review them! We are incredibly thankful! And with that being said, the latest game we received we can very much relate too. Here is our review of Gobblin’ Goblins!
Gobblin’ Goblins is a really easy to learn, fun strategy card game. You choose your goblin, your goblin has food that they love, hate, and are allergic to. Your goblin also has a special ability, giving you an advantage over other goblins. Your goal is to try to gobble up as much food as possible. Food is worth points, more for the food that you love and less for the food that you hate or are allergic to. The goblin with the most points at the end of the game is the winner!
Each player must pick a goblin card. That is their character for the game. There are 12 goblins, two of each type. Everyone must either be a different type of goblin or there must be an equal number of goblin types. So for example, you could have a hippie, worker, dodgy, and snob goblin, but you could not have 2 dodgy goblins, a worker, and a snob. However, you could have 2 dodgy goblins and 2 snob goblins.
The rest of the cards are then shuffled all together in one deck. The number of players determines the number of cards that are dealt out, but you will have anywhere from 3-5 cards in your hand. The rest of the cards create the draw pile.
Once everyone has their cards and their characters, each person must introduce themselves as their goblin, saying out loud what type they are, the food they love, hate, and are allergic to. After that, the game can begin!
Playing The Game
During your turn, you must play a card from your hand and then draw a card from the center draw pile.
Action cards and food cards are the two types of cards that you can play from your hand. There are also Distraction cards, which add a bit of a twist to the game.
When a food card is played, the player must announce the name of the food for everyone to hear. The card is then placed face up in front of the player; this food is now on that player’s plate. The reason for the card being read out loud is so that the other players can hear if it is a food that they need or love.
When an action card is played, the player once again reads the card out loud and then the player does exactly what the card says. The card is then put face up on the discard pile in the center. If, for whatever reason, you can not fulfill all of what the card says, and you can only play an action card, then discard it instead.
So an example of an action card might be forcing another goblin to eat all of their yucky food that’s on their plate (food they are allergic to or hate). Another example might be switching food that’s on your plate with another player (this would be good if they have something you love).
There are also Distraction cards. These cards can be played at any time during the game, whether it’s your turn or not. The only exception to the Distraction card is that you can not touch food that is in someone’s hand, but everything on the table and plates are fair game! Once played, Distraction cards go on top of the discard pile and another card can be drawn from the draw pile.
In order to gain points, you must gobble up sets of food on your plate. You must either collect 3 foods of the same color or collect 6 different colored foods. When you have one of those two sets, gobble up your food as fast as you can, even if it’s not your turn!
When you have gobbled up a set on your plate, flip the cards face down and put the stack to one side. The more you eat, the more points you get!
Winning The Game
When all the cards have been drawn from the draw pile, play continues until one player can not take a turn, meaning they don’t have an action or food card. When this happens, put all food cards left on your plate onto the player’s plate to your left. Any cards in your hand are discarded and the food that you received should be gobbled up.
At the end of the game, all the cards that you gobbled are counted up and whoever has the most points wins the game! The consumed food points are as follows:
Food your goblin…
loves = +2 points
hates = -2 points
allergic to = -1 point
Biscuits= +2 points
Very Tasty Biscuit= +3 points
All other food= +1 point
What I liked
Gobblin’ Goblins is really easy to pick up and play. There really isn’t much to it. It doesn’t take long to play a game and any age group could play this without much problem. That being said, there is a lot of room for strategy as well. There are definite risks that you can take when playing the game, and if you succeed, it can pay off in a big way. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get going, the game is pretty simple.
For example, playing a food card on your plate in order to switch it with another food from someone else’s plate. You might play a food you hate in order to get rid of it, but someone else might play a distraction card and force you to eat that piece of food. The risk-reward in this game can be very satisfying. The game is simple and easy to play, for the more laid back group, but has a ton of strategy for those who like to be a little more competitive.
The artwork and subtext for the cards and character cards are pretty goofy and entertaining as well! And the food items are ridiculous, in a good way. From toenails to poodles, fart machines to even dragons, these goblins are willing to eat anything and everything!
What Can Be Improved
The game isn’t for everyone. The game is pretty goofy and silly, and a more mature or serious gamer might not really enjoy the game that much. However, it would be a great game for kids and people who really love board and card games. This type of game shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Another part of the game that could be slightly improved are the distraction and action cards. The action and distraction cards are so much fun to play, but when there is a dry spell when drawing these cards, the game can be kind of slow. These cards really add the fun to the game, otherwise the players are just putting down food cards and drawing from the deck. It almost feels like there should be more of the action and distraction cards, because these cards are fun, add conflict between players, and create strategy.
Final Thoughts on Gobblin’ Goblins
Overall, Gobblin’ Goblins is a lot of fun with great strategy! It isn’t much of an intense game, but there is definitely flexibility in how you play. It’s a great game for people who just want to relax and play a simple card game. Or it can be great for those who want to play a strategic card game. At times the game can be slow, depending on how well the cards have been shuffled.
Matt “Donoran” Fuhrmann