Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dobble Chrono from Asmodee games unboxing and review.

A While ago we looked at a fast and fun game called Dobble (take a look its great fun) from Asmodee games.  Now we get to take a look at another version of it in Dobble Chrono.

Not every game we play has to have a theme, which is good as Dobble doesnt have one really, or a back story, its just a simple fun game to play.
this one comes in a larger box then the normal Dobble, still with the same age ratings, and time ratings, but... the player rating has changed.. its now 1-8.... 1.... so this includes solo play! this is always a good thing in my opinion, and very very welcome.
On the back it tells you it includes the 5 original games from Dobble, a two function timer, solo vairants, and new variants of the game to play.

Lets crack it open and take a look.......




So you get the standard Dobble tinned game, just like in our previous article.  You also get a pencil..... and the Timer, which does not include batteries, so you will need to rustle up a pair of AAA batteries for it.  A little extra manual is included giving you some more variants of the game to play.  the pencil was an odd inclusion, but the newly included rulebook has scoresheets in it to write your times in.  Olivia was not impressed with writing in a rulebook, as i have spent so many years telling her not to write in mine! You don't have to, but its nice it was included.
Inside the Tin we have the classic Dobble game.  The idea is players compete with each other to find the matching symbol between one card and another. Every card is unique and has only one symbol in common with any other in the deck.

The size and positioning of the symbols can vary on each card adding to the challenge. As the game is based on reactions and visual perception, rather than knowledge or strategy, there is no advantage for adults over children, making it the perfect family game.  You just call out what matches between your card and the objective one.  Its such an easy game to teach its ideal to play with the family, and also due to its simplicity and speed of play a great adult party game.  Things can get noisy with people calling out what they think matches, but it adds to the chaotic fun that can happen.

There are five mini-games in which all players play at the same time. You can play the mini-games in a specific order, randomly, or you can keep playing the same one over and over, they do not take long to complete, and are fast but fun and do not outstay their welcome.  By having a variety of mini games all explained simply it provides a long life for the game.

The idea of the game is to be the fastest to spot the identical symbol between two cards, name it out loud and then take the card, place it or discard it depending on the rules of the mini-game that you have chosen.
You get your funky timer that has two modes, you press the eye to start/stop the timer, very cool, and adds a nice appealing visual element to the game.
I love the fact it now includes solo variants! Control point was one Olivia and me played over and over to see how high a score we could get.  It tells you what position to put the timer in, you place one card face up and then flip them over from your hand and call out the match, that then is a point, and you carry on.  Oddly this is solo, but also works well playing with someone else, as you can take it in turns setting the high score, so you are not playing against anyone at any time, just trying to better your own score and you can cheer each other on.  The timer though added a whole level of pressure really forcing you to concentrate and bringing in a nice level of tension.
Then we get 3 other multiplayer versions, i shall leave them as a surprise! but now you are getting 10 different variants of the game you play right from the box making it full of different ways to enjoy the game


Getting ready with a refresher run through.....
shes got it....
now the timers down... 60 seconds before it beeps to match as many as you can!!.

Olivias thoughts.....

Its really fun! i liked Dobble, but I like the timer and these new games even more. It makes it really hard but fun to try and get a higher score.  I also dont lose if i get stuck like when i play with dad.  I think its fun for everyone, its easy to play so all people even old people will like it! 

I think Olivia has nailed it here, its fun for EVERYONE, its easy to play, and the timer addition makes it even more of a challenge, or just lets you practice, plus the benefits in recognition and matching keeping your brain sharp too.  Fun.. and beneficial.... yes. Well worth a play. But what if you already own Dobble? well its still worth a go, as you for new ways to play, the timer, and of course creating yourown MEGA Dobble by combining both sets of cards...... it will increase your game length if you are playign with multiple players.


You can pick up your cop of Dobble Chrono for an RRP of £14.99 from your local game store and join in the fun!