Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hands On Impressions: Goblin's Drool, Fairies Rule!

I recently had the pleasure of playing this fantastic new children's game from Game-o-gami.  Goblin's Drool, Fairies Rule! is a quick little rhyming card game that takes between 15 and 20 minutes to play.  The suggested ages are 7 and up, but any child who is fluent with rhymes and can read (or has a sibling or parent to help) will pick it up rather quickly.  The game is comprised of 20 super-sized cards with double side illustrations.  One side features a cute little fairy and the other a mischievous goblin!  Each character has their own unique name which rhymes with seven other fairies and goblins.  On your turn, you play a card to the Fairy Circle and flip any cards that rhyme.  You then retrieve any cards that match the symbol of the card you played and place them in front of yourself.  There are 4 different symbols in the game: Suns, moons, frogs, and mushrooms.  The suns and moons are opposite each other and, like wise, the frogs and mushrooms.  Some Fairies and Goblins are extra special and are surrounded by stars.  These cards will flip all cards in the center when played.  You win the game if you get rid of all your goblins or obtain at least 6 fairies.
One of my favorite aspects of this game is the beautiful artwork which appeals to both boys and girls.  The fanciful names add even more to the fun.  Just listen to one of the rhyming sets.  Gooble T. Goop, Dastardly Droop, Salamander Snoop, Goblin Soup, Lemon Loop, Rainbow Swoop, Hula Hoop, and Vanilla Scoop.  Each illustration magnificently depicts the name in fairy or goblin form.  Just take a look!

So if you are looking for that next great family or kids game, or are a teacher looking for something new and educational for rainy classroom days, look no further.  Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! has just launched on Kickstarter and you can pledge your support today.  Not only do you have the opportunity to get this great game, but depending on your pledge, you also can receive a book of the beautiful artwork and a double sided puzzle featuring a fairy and a goblin.  I personally have secured my pledge at the educator level (aka Dusty Dour) and can't wait to use it in the classroom.  Go Check it out!

Playing with the Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! prototype at our weekly game night!