The World Series is currently underway and thankfully, the Yankees aren’t in it, but I’m realizing that a lot of people hate the Dodgers as well. Maybe, you’re like me though and don’t care about the World Series because your team didn’t make it … again. (Thanks, Atlanta!) So what are you going to do when the season ends and you can’t play fantasy baseball anymore? How about a little Fantasy Fantasy Baseball?
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is a game for 1 to 5 players, ages 10+. It takes between 20 and 50 minutes to play and retails for approximately $30. The artwork and the components in this game are top notch. The graphics and illustration is playful, but competitive with many varied fantasy creatures to play with. If you are a fan of baseball at all, you will recognize some references to actual baseball players. For example, former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne “Ryno” Sandberg has been immortalized in bear format as Ryno Berg.
As for the gameplay itself, this is a fairly simply and straightforward draft and hand management game. What makes the game most interesting to me is deciding which cards to play, where to play them, and when to play your bench guys. Each of these decisions is important and can result in you claiming a win or getting a loss. I also like the variable game play you can create with the event deck. This adds more replay value to the game and creates a new level of depth with the game. What I don’t like about the game is the elimination of people. After three rounds, your player count drops to two players for the championship game. Everyone else playing either has to wait for the game to finish and play again, or find a different game to play. That’s no fun! Overall, this is a fun and inviting game and is perfect for the game and sports lover in your life. Check out future Fantasy Fantasy titles including Football and maybe Hockey soon?
Another game that has a sports theme (this time with an animal twist) is Zoo Ball: The King of Sports! Zoo Ball is a game for 2 or 4 players, ages 8+. It takes about ten minutes to play and retails for $30.
1. Lay out the felt board and flatten it as best as possible.
2. Place your orange disc (Scorer) on the star in the circle and three white discs (Blocker) anywhere on your half of the board. Your opponent will do likewise on their half of the board.
On your turn, you may either flick your Scorer or any/all of your three Blockers. The first player to get their Scorer completely into the other players circle (goal) scores a point and the board resets. The first player to three points is the winner. In a four player games, players start in separate corners, and must score in the corner diagonally opposite to their starting position. The first player to score is the winner, so this is more of a chaotic free-for-all in that you aren’t only guarding your goal but all the other goals you don’t want scored in.
When I first received this game to review, I wondered if there was anything in the box, honestly. It felt super-light so I was surprised upon opening it. The game board is a 30″ x 30″ piece of folded felt that looks like a typical sports field. It creases easily and I would have preferred a neoprene mat, but that would have raised the cost of this game dramatically. The discs have a nice weight and feel to them and slide well across the table. The stickers are well-illustrated and have a nice variety of animals on them. With eighteen white stickers and six yellow stickers, you can customize your team to suit your fancy and have some left over. The rule book could have been condensed to one sheet of paper, but Osprey Games added some fun theme with sports commentators talking about how to play the game.
As for the game play itself, I found the game to be simple and quick. You can teach the game in about than five minutes and play it in another five (or ten if you’re horrible at dexterity games like myself). It is a nice introduction to the dexterity mechanic and suitable for kids and casual gamers.
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