Gosh Darn Bubbles is the first game from Sandwich Bag Games and is a game that definitely earns its quirky name. This light, quick to teach card game is currently being funded through Kickstarter through June 20, 2019.
In the game, players are given a hand of 3 cards with the goal of being the first to earn 3 treasure cards from the watery depths. You’ll use your cards to change the size of your hand of cards, grab cards from opponents, trade hands with players and ultimately earn treasure. Gosh Darn Bubbles stands out mostly due to the great artwork that is present throughout every card. Sandwich Bag Games commissioned 12 artists to bring these cards to life. The final result is a very accessible and colorful family card game.
What to Expect
Gosh Darn Bubbles is a casual and light-hearted game. While it contains some strategy, you’re going to have to make the most of the cards that you draw. The variety of the cards in the game is good and not overwhelming for younger players. Cards like “Another One” allows you to change the number of required treasure by +1. This leaves players hunting for a “Jerkface Shark” card that allows them to discard any card in front of a player. Some cards will affect the players around you while others help you get the hand that you need to grab treasure cards.
Most players will gain treasure through the “Sunken Treasure” cards. When you play this card, you discard the top 3 cards of the deck. If any of these cards are “bubble” cards, you come away without any treasure. After a couple of games it was simple to see how this card game got its name. You’re flipping over one card at a time saying “No bubbles, no bubbles, no bubbles!”.
The game was simple to teach and plays really quick. We squeezed in a couple of games during lunch at work and taught the kids how to play after dinner one night. The short and concise rules included with the game was a welcome change from my normal studying of a rulebook.
12 Artists, 1 Mission
While I love the colorful illustrations in Gosh Darn Bubbles, you will notice the styles of the different artists throughout the game. It’s definitely not a complaint, but something that is an interesting choice for a card game. You can clearly see that these artists have individual styles that differ from card to card. I think they did a great job keeping the feel of the game uniformed without losing their styles.
Gosh Darn Bubbles is a fun card game that would be a great addition to your family game shelf. The mechanics are easy to learn and the games moves at a pace that keeps everyone involved.
You can head over to Kickstarter and help fund Gosh Darn Bubbles now through June 20, 2019.
Sandwich Bag Games provided us with a prototype copy of Gosh Darn Bubbles prior to the Kickstarter campaign. This in no way influenced our opinion of the game. Previews are a glimpse into an upcoming game with the pros and cons that we experienced prior to production of the game.