The Fox in the Forest and Sundae Split are two small box card games from Foxtrot Games and Renegade Game Studios. Both games retail for around $15 and make for engaging alternatives to breaking out that old deck of Uno cards.
Sundae Split is for 2-5 players with a suggested age of 10+, though my seven year old was able to quickly grasp the concept with a little help. Sundae Split is a set collection game where each player is trying to make the best ice cream sundae, which is a very easy sell for kids.
Cards appear as ice cream flavors, sprinkles, whipped cream, , bananas, cherries, or the dreaded vegetables. Collecting certain cards will affect your score. Ice cream cards score the points listed on the card, as well as a bonus for each set of three flavors. Sprinkles and whipped cream cards score five points for every pair, while bananas will score a beefy 10 points, but only to whomever has the most bananas. Vegetables, however, score minus points if they find their way into your sundae.
How do you accidentally put broccoli in your ice cream? Every round one player plays the splitter. The splitter draws and creates multiple piles of cards, one for each player, with the number of cards scaling for the number of players. Players then select a pile of cards to add to their sundae, with the splitter choosing last. The catch is that some of these cards can be face down.
Most of the light strategy involves fun little mind games with your fellow players. Do you hide a banana underneath some undesirable celery? Do you leave an entire pile facedown to tempt someone with a mystery draw? The splitter rotates each round giving every player a chance to be deliciously devious.
With a little set up time Sundae Split scales well for multiple players, though if you only have two, I would highly recommend The Fox in the Forest.
The Fox in the Forest
The Fox in the Forest is a trick-taking card game for two players. It’s basically a more advanced version of the classic game of War, but with a lot more interesting strategy rather than just flipping cards to see who wins each set.
The card game includes 11 cards in each of the three suits. Each odd-numbered card has a special ability. The seven card is a treasure, and it’s worth an extra point to whoever wins it, the witch can act as a wild card, while the woodcutter lets you draw a card from the deck.
What makes The Fox in the Forest especially interesting is that winning the most amount of tricks will paint you as a greedy villain, and awards no points. Instead your goal each game is to find the perfect sweet spot – winning 7-9 of the 13 total rounds, to achieve the most points. If your opponent is performing well, you can work on playing lower cards to force them to win even more sets, thereby ensuring your own point advantage. A full match lasts until someone reaches 21 points, which normally takes about three or four games.
The Fox in the Forest also features a fun, classic fairy tale theme, with evil monarchs, mysterious witches, and friendly lumberjacks (or lumberjanes!). The painterly artwork is lovely and evocative, and the box includes cardboard number counters to keep track of points between games.
I would recommend both games if you’re looking for light, easy card games that are a bit more advanced than Uno but still very easy to teach. Sundae Split is great with kids while The Fox in the Forest is perfect for couples.
North Star Digital Studios is launching Evolution: The Video Game, based on parent company North Star Games’ award-winning 2014 card game, Evolution. To celebrate the launch, they’re partnering with military veterans’ charity Stack Up for an all day live streaming marathon today.
The stream will begin at 7 am Pacific/10 am Eastern at North Star Games’ Twitch channel. Members of the development team will play Evolution: The Video Game. They will also feature a rotating selection of guest streamers, tvgBadger, bifuteki, and yujoon.
The show will begin and end with a talk show-style format. Members of North Star Digital Studios will discuss the game’s development, including art and mechanics, as well as Stack Up’s charity work.
Stack Up is a charity program aimed at helping members of the US armed services. It includes suicide prevention, mental health advocacy, and support networks. Its Supply Crate program helps bring donated video games and other entertainment to deployed military members.
The all day stream will end tonight at 11pm Pacific/2 am Eastern.
Evolution is a card game in which players must grow their own species in size and population. Select important traits with cards, avoid carnivores, and amass the most amount of food before the deck runs out.
At launch the video game includes a 24-level single player campaign, online and local multiplayer, and cross-platform play.
Evolution: The Video Game is available on PC (Steam), iOS, and Android mobile devices. You can grab it for 20% off during the discount launch sale through Feb. 18.
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