In nature, there is a natural order to all things. There is always a predator and their prey. Your job is to keep the cute animals in your nature reserve out of the mouths of their predators.
Prey Care is the second game from Lazy Wolf Games and is being funded through Kickstarter through December 14, 2017. The first thing that stuck out in this game is the quality of the art and how inviting it looked. Each animal is gorgeous and there is a level of polish on the art that impressed everyone that tried the game.
The art is impressive, but how’s the gameplay? Prey Care is a really nice filler and I’ve really enjoyed the risk/reward element that is introduced. Each player has 10 animals in their care. 8 of these are face down and 2 of them are face up as the game starts. On a players turn, they have to draw a card from the face down draw pile or pick up the top animal of the discard pile.
Each animal is assigned a number from 0 to 12. Players want to end the game with the lowest score possible in order to win. That can be tricky since so many of these animals are hidden. If you draw a fish with the number 5 on it, you would want to swap out a higher card for this in order to lower your score. Swapping out cards blindly can really mess up a player and that’s were you have to be cautious.
If two animals are matching in one column, they each have a value of 0 and they get to perform the text on the card. These special actions range from adding points to your score, discarding cards or swapping animals with other players at the table. Not every animals ability will be helpful so be careful when matching these cards.
Lazy Wolf Games has done a great job of balancing the cards in Prey Care so that players have to make tough decisions from time to time. The end of a game sneaks up as players flip over their last card to reveal all the animals in their animal reserve. Players can use this to their advantage if they believe everyone else has high numbered cards still laying face down on the table.
The mechanics of this game are simple and I think that’s what I enjoyed most about it. I never felt like I was mindlessly swapping out cards. Prey Care makes you really think about how a new card will affect your animal reserve for the next couple turns. Our youngest daughter liked the game enough to ask to play a couple times this past week and it was simple to setup and knock out a short game after work. I feel like Lazy Wolf Games has done a great job of introducing a game that will be fun for kids and still be a solid filler game for an older crowd.
Be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign for Prey Care and get your hands on this great family-friendly card game today.
Lazy Wolf Games provided us with a prototype copy of Prey Care ahead of their Kickstarter launch. This in no way influenced our opinion on the game. Previews are a glimpse into an upcoming game with the pros and cons that we experienced prior to production of the game.