Review — Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky is a superb collection of 5 rather enjoyable abstract micro-games that take their theme from the classic Lewis Carroll poem of the same name.
- Overall Fun - 7/107/10
- Replayablity - 9/109/10
- Bang For Your Buck - 10/1010/10
- - 7/107/10
User Review( votes)
- # of Players: 1-7 depending on the game
- Playtime: 15-30 Mins
- Ages: 8+
- Publisher: Jellybean Games
- Designer: Various
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this game to review.
What I Liked
- The theme is a classic and wonderfully done.
- The games are short and fun to play.
What I Didn’t
- I would have liked more imagery from Through The Looking Glass, instead of Alice In Wonderland.
Why You Should Back This Kickstarter
- With a good variety of games in this treasure trove, there is something for everyone.
- The games are easy to learn so that you spend more time playing and less time reading the rules.
- Fast play time for when you just need a quick gaming fix.
Jabberwocky, though sporting a nice Alice in Wonderland inspired theme, is a collection of five abstract games that use the same components but are unrelated in regards to how they are played. This is actually desirable since each game is a unique experience, unaffected by the others in the collection. Because of this, there is a good chance that there is a game in here for even your pickiest player.
Bandersnatch: This is a solo game that starts out simple, then gets very hard very fast. I had a lot of fun with this game because it is very simple, in theory, to play, but every single move you make increases the game’s difficulty. The object is to collect the green and yellow gems while keeping the purple gems on the playing area.
Borogoves: A two-player game in which one player, the Cartographer, plays new cards to the map in an effort to score points. Meanwhile, the Borogoves player is attempting to prevent the cartographer from scoring by populating the map. This is an asymmetrical game that seems weighted towards the Cartographer.
Gyre: Gyre is all about trying to turn your cards face down, by gaining control of them using you gems, and preventing your opponent from doing the same thing. Gyre is fun, and requires a lot of tactical thinking to win.
Mimsy: Mimsy is a racing game, where the finish line is different for each player. You are assigned a secret color and to win you must stack 5 gems on your color goal card. Mimsi is possibly the easiest of the games, taking only a few minutes to get the hang of.
Slithy: Slithy reminded me of the Price Is Right. The object is for you and your group to beat the dealer by bidding fewer gems than the sum of the two cards they play. One of which you can see, and one you cannot.
My biggest complaint about this collection is that the designers used too many Alice in Wonderland related elements. The poem “Jabberwocky” appears in Alice Through the Looking Glass which is the sequel to the more famous Alice in Wonderland. However, this is just a little nit picky of me, since I have been a huge fan of the books since I read them as a ten year old.
Jabberwocky is an excellent collection of games. Each of the games is unique and easy to play, making it awesome for a family game night. Also, because each game is short and simple, they make excellent filler games as well. And, with the inclusion of a fantastic solitaire game in the collection, it literally has something for every occasion, and dare I say, every player. Pick this one up, you won’t be sorry.