You Gotta Be Kitten Me!

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  • You Gotta Be Kitten Me!
  • Publisher: Stoneblade Entertainment
  • Plays 2-10
  • Ages 10+ (realistically, 5+)
  • Playing Time: 30 min
  • Initial Release: 2016
  • Elevator Pitch: a variation on Liar’s Dice played with cards of adorable kittens (and puppies)
  • Roar Score: 4/5

If you’re familiar with Liar’s Dice, you already know how to play this game. And, full disclosure, I’ve played a lot of Liar’s Dice.

Strangely enough, when I lived in China, it was the default drinking game (which I realize is not the best way to begin a review of a kids game). But every bar had dozens of sets of dice, and almost everyone would play a few rounds at some point during the evening.

At its core, Liar’s Dice is a pure bluffing game. The strategy consists entirely of bluffing and knowing your opponent well enough to be successful. You Gotta Be Kitten Me! takes that premise, adds a layer or color matching on top, and then spruces everything up with adorable kittens.

It’s a win.

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Dragonwood: A Game of Dice and Daring

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  • Dragonwood
  • Designer: Darren Kisgen
  • Publisher: Gamewright
  • Plays 2–4
  • Ages 8+
  • Playing Time: 20 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2015
  • Elevator Pitch: A card-and-dice game that mimics a basic RPG and recalls a simplified Magic: The Gathering for a younger audience.
  • Roar Score: 4/5

If you’ve read any of our game reviews here on The Roarbots, you know that we’re kind of in love with Gamewright. Their games are mostly perfect for all ages, the production quality is fantastic, and they’re super affordable.

Dragonwood is one of their latest titles, and it targets a slightly older player than something like Super Tooth or Feed the Kitty.

You play an adventurer on a journey through the enchanted forest of Dragonwood. During the game, you play cards to determine the number of dice you can roll. The more dice you can roll, the higher the potential result, which means you can defeat more powerful enemies or capture more powerful items to aid your journey.

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Super Tooth

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  • Super Tooth
  • Designer: Neil J. Opitz
  • Publisher: Gamewright
  • Plays 2–4
  • Ages 6+
  • Playing Time: 10–15 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2015
  • Elevator Pitch: Race to collect matching dinosaur cards to earn tooth tokens, all the while avoiding natural disasters that mess with your hand.
  • Roar Score: 5/5

There’s no point in denying it: we’re unashamed Gamewright fanatics in this house. Especially their card games. So easy to teach and learn. So much fun to play. Perfect for almost all ages. I don’t think we’ve found a bad one.

Super Tooth is the latest in their “small box” line of card games. Gameplay is relatively simple (my 3-year-old son can absolutely hold his own), and the dino theme obviously appeals to the target audience (and me…gotta be honest).

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Holiday Fluxx

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  • Holiday Fluxx
  • Designer: Andrew Looney
  • Publisher: Looney Labs
  • Plays 2–6
  • Ages 8+
  • Playing Time: 10–40 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2014
  • Elevator Pitch: It’s Fluxx with a holiday theme.
  • Roar Score: 3/5

Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I’d only played Fluxx once before trying out this new Holiday Fluxx. And I didn’t really like it. I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who really like Fluxx and those who…don’t. There is no middle. No one’s ambivalent about Fluxx. At least no one I’ve ever met.

The group that played this game had one person who is firmly in the “dislike” camp, but there were three others who had never played the game before. Blank slates, if you will.

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Loonacy

  • Designer: Andrew Looney
  • Publisher: Looney Labs
  • Plays 25
  • Ages 8+ (in reality, more like 4+)
  • Playing Time: 510 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2014
  • Elevator Pitch: simple, high-speed game of matching pictures
  • Roar Score: 5/5

From the folks who brought your Fluxx and its many variations. Loonacy is a new, fast-paced, quick-playing card game that’s aimed at the younger set but is great fun for everyone. Games take 5–10 minutes, and the rules can be learned in about 30 seconds. This is my kind of game to explain!

From the publisher: “Loonacy is a rapid fire game where players race to be the first to empty their hand of 7 cards by matching one of two images with the images on the open piles in front of them. Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all!”

In layman’s terms, it’s a spin on Uno but much more frenetic.

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