Review – Bigfoot vs. Yeti
Bigfoot vs. Yeti
- # of Players: 2-4
- Play Time: 30-45 Mins
- Age: 13+
- Publisher: Shoot Again Games
- Price Point: $19.99
It’s been raining for three days now. Heavy cold rain that chills you to the bone. You’re five days into your latest expedition in search of your elusive quarry. Seven days before that you received the plain brown envelope with the photograph… Possibly the most important photograph of your career.
It a little blurry, but it had enough detail for you to be sure it wasn’t another fake. Like the last one. The tabloids had a field day with it, and you. “Monster Weds Alien,” the headline had read. No, this time you are on the right trail. You know it.
That’s what you’re doing out here, wet and miserable, in the exact location the photo was taken. The rain seems to be letting up now, and you hear the sound the rain was drowning out… A footstep, and then another… Something is right behind you…
Bigfoot vs. Yeti is a set collection game where players take on the roles of cryptozoologists intent on proving the existence of various legendary creatures.
- Gameplay is fast-paced
- Very easy to pick up the rules and start playing
- Short playtime
- Downtime is minimal
- The artwork, though decent, could have been tightened up a bit on a few cards.
- There is a reference, in one set’s special ability to a Cryptid that is not featured in the game. This could cause some momentary confusion.
Bigfoot Vs Yeti is a variation of the classic card game Rummy. The major difference is that Bigfoot Vs. Yeti adds a few “take that” mechanics to the mix. Cards like Missing Pets can be used to reduce an opponents score, while cards like Crop Circles can be used to help you obtain the cards you need.
Each turn a player draws a card, plays an Action Card, Mounts or Joins an expedition, then discards one card into the “Tabloids.” This continues until one player discards the last card in his hand, thus ending the round.
These cards are used to begin a set, called mounting an expedition in game. It requires either three Expedition cards or two Expedition cards and a matching Proof Card.
A player can only play one Action card per turn. There are two types of action cards; Proof, and Phenomenon Cards. Different Action Cards can be played to add to a set, called joining an expedition, or to momentarily change the rules of the game. For instance, the “Crop Circles” phenomenon card allows you to retrieve any card from the Tabloids, and play it immediately, even if it is a second action card. Meanwhile, the Blurry Photo Card acts as a wild card and can be used to Join or Mount an Expedition of any kind.
Each Expedition set has a unique ability that comes into play when that set or a card from that set is played. Abilities include stealing a card from an opponent, discarding a card from an opponent’s played sets, or retrieving cards from the “Tabloids.” However, each ability can only be activated once each turn.
As the title of this game implies, Bigfoot and Yeti are locked in a bitter feud. This feud is represented mechanically by only one of these cryptids being able to score each round. Whichever cryptid set, Bigfoot or Yeti, has the most points at the end of the round scores points. The other set is discarded.
This is the discard pile but what is discarded has a major impact on the game during the scoring phase. Before counting up the points for each set, the dealer for the round separates the Tabloid cards into matching sets. For every card in the Tabloids that matches a set that has been played this round, the person with the most cards of that set must discard a card from that set. This can lead to a discarding strategy where a player discards cards from a mounted expedition rather than play them in an attempt to reduce the score of another player.
Bigfoot Vs. Yeti is a casual game with a fun theme. The gameplay is simple, fast, and can spark a fun discussion concerning the subject matter. However, I was not impressed with the execution the game. It is an interesting take on Rummy, but I feel it failed to live up to its potential.
Disclosure:I received a free copy of this title for review purposes.