Over the past two years we’ve missed a lot of birthday’s, anniversaries, graduations and other special event. When you want to send more than a card to a friend or family member, Dark Imp Games has a pretty great option. In this preview I’m taking a look a Kickstarter that includes 6 Greeting Card Games that is sure to engage and entertain kids and adults.
A Greeting Card Game?
Dark Imp Games has developed 6 unique games that fit nicely on an oversized greeting card that can be sent for just about any occasion. Each card includes a space for you to share a message to your recipient. The rest of the card is used as a game board and the components are cut out from the back of the card.
The games are often takes on classic games that we all grew up with but are mechanically more complex than Battle Ship, Snakes and Ladders and other classics. At first glance, you’ll recognize a familiar theme to a classic game but there’s a lot more here.
Each of the games give you a set of rules along with a complexity rating which is extremely helpful. This will really help you in deciding who the specific game card is for. Let’s take a look at some of the cards that are included in this Kickstarter project.
This is the first one that we dug into. While the name is a take on the classic Guess Who, this game is a solo or cooperative movement puzzle. Players draft a token showing a face type, color or shape in order to move 1 of 4 pattern tokens from the center of the board. Players are trying to get the 4 pattern tokens into the goals sitting at the corners of the board.
The board gets increasingly more crowded with used tokens that can block paths. Since you can only draft the first 2 of the 4 face up tokens, you’ll know what tokens are coming but they’re just out of reach for that turn. This one has an advanced rule set that puts restrictions of your choice during the game. Overall, this is a nice puzzle that is appropriate for a wide age range that supports a small player count.
Snakes, Ladders and a Pogo Stick
This one is your basic Snakes & Ladders (Shoots & Ladders) with a worker placement twist. And a pogo stick! On their turn, players will add their worker(s) to 1 of 10 action spots available above the board. These actions dictate how far you move your player token on the board or even swapping spaces with another player.
If you land on a snake head, you travel down to a lower level. Land on a ladder and you climb to a higher level. If you control the pogo stick, you can hop from red tile to red tile when taking a movement. This pogo stick will get taken often and make its way around the table. This game supports 3 to 5 players and is a solid option to give to a family.
In this 2-4 player game, players are hopping from island to island exchanging resources of coins, knowledge and health. You’re ultimately working on balancing these resources since scoring at the end of the game is based on your second highest resource. If your health is 4, coins are 9 and knowledge is 11, your score at the end of the game is 9.
Each player will need a slip of paper and pencil to keep track of their resources. Another Life can be a lot of fun and will definitely connect with gamers. This is one of the cards that has a complexity rating of 3 and it’s one that can get cutthroat. Another Life is a game that couples and families with older kids could enjoy.
More to Discover
This is only half of the cards included in this Kickstarter campaign. You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into each of these games to create something fun for families.
We’ve found it really helpful to snap a photo of the rules before starting the game. You don’t want to have to clear the board to do a quick rule check during the game. When we finish with a game, we’ve been storing them back in the envelopes using small baggies to keep everything together.
These Greeting Card Games are a unique gift that you can share for just about any occasion. It’s a mix of the familiar and something new that can encourage more game time with family, which is something we love.
You can jump into Dark Imp’s Kickstarter campaign starting on March 8, 2022.
A prototype of the game was provided for this coverage. Components and rules covered in this preview are not finalized. Read more about our preview policies at One Board Family.