Thursday, 22 November 2018

Review of Dobble, the Quick Paced Family Card Game


As it gets colder we have been spending more time inside playing games, well that and watching TV, but I'll gloss over that! We were sent Dobble to review and it makes a great addition to our games collection. The family card game from Asmodee is suitable for age 6 and upwards and is played with 2 to 8 players. It is a fast moving fun game which is really easy to learn how to play.

An excited child holding Dobble Family Card Game in it's packaging

How Do You Play Dobble?


There are 5 different games you can play with Dobble cards, but essentially you play by finding a matching symbol between different cards and whoever does first wins that round. Each card has 8 symbols on and there is always one (but only one) shape that matches between any 2 cards, which is pretty clever when you come to think of it. Sometimes it is easy to spot, sometimes it is harder. There are even times you are convinced that nothing matches for ages until you suddenly spot it.

Showing the matching tree between cards in Dobble

The 5 mini games you can play with Dobble are: 
The Tower where each player starts with one card and the rest are in the middle. The aim is to get as many cards as possible.
The Well is basically the reverse of the Tower, you start with one card in the middle and the rest shared out between all the players. The winner is the first person to get rid of all of their cards.
Hot Potato, each player has a card face up on their hand and if they find a match with the card another player has they pass them their card until 1 player has all the cards. This works best with 4 or more people.
The Poisoned Gift, each player has one card and the rest are face up in the middle. You have to spot a match between the other players cards and the centre one and if you do you give them the card. The player with the fewest cards when the draw pile runs out wins.
Triplet, 9 cards are put face up at a time and players have to find a matching symbol across 3 of the cards. They then take those cards and replace them from the draw pile. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

I like that Dobble is compact, comes with a storage tin and can be played lots of times without it losing it’s appeal. At only £12.99 RRP it makes a great gift (or even stocking filler) for children over 6 or adults. The cards fit nicely in the small tin so it doesn’t take up much space making it a great addition to a games cupboard.

Playing the Tower version of Dobble Family Card Game as part of a review

My eldest daughter has had this game at her Dad’s house for a while and she regularly plays it. One of the great things is that although she is familiar with all the shapes and what they are it doesn’t give her an advantage over anyone else because every time you have a new card you will have no idea which shape it is that will match in that round.

The original game is aimed at 6 years plus, but there are other versions which are better suited for younger children. It’s not the concept of the games that are difficult, but the kids and junior versions have larger pictures and easier to recognise shapes. They also have a variety of other versions too.

The original Dobble family card game in packaging

***Disclosure: We were sent Dobble for the purpose of honest review, all thought are our own.***

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