Who wouldn't like a cozy and comfortable home during the colder months? For woodland creatures, it's quite the necessity.
Creature Comforts by KTBG and Roberta Taylor, is a beautifully designed table top game that allows players to take on the role of some loveable critters in search of resources in order to build a comfortable home for winter.
The Aim Of The Game
For the duration of the game, either 1-5 (aged 8 years and up) players will participate in rounds that are set in the spring, summer and fall seasons to allow enough time to harvest and earn goods such as wood, yarn, food, rock and more.
Players will also be aiming to collect coins and story tokens along the way. These resources can then be crafted (exchanged) into household items including bookshelves, board games, clothing or food. The more of these items you have in your home will give you the best chance of scoring more points and winning the game.
What's Inside The Box?
There are an awful lot of components to this game. With the amount that you do receive, it can look quite overwhelming at first sight, in turn making the game appear more complicated than it is. So don't let this intimidate you. Although in my opinion, with so much included, it's a great value for money.
I have the Kickstarter Edition of Creature Comforts, so the majority of the tokens and playing pieces are crafted from wood (goods, cottages, workers, wheelbarrows, almanacks, coins, stories, the worm and lesson learned tokens). All of which are of very high quality and beautifully illustrated.
I would also like to add that the box insert for all of the tokens is pretty awesome with individual sections with a lid that shows an embossed logo of the game and its name. So, this is a nice little addition to the game's contents.
Replayability And Interaction Between Players
The gameplay itself allows great replayability as it's simply a luck of the draw regarding which cards you collect and place in order to retain resources and goods. Even though players are competing against one other to build the comfiest home for their critter families, there are also some cards or game options that allow players to work collectively to support each other in collecting tokens and goods.
This in turn allows better participant interaction throughout the duration of the game. Creature Comforts can also be played as a game for a solo player also. Which gives the game an extra added bonus.
What Games Are Similar To Creature Comforts?
With the main aspect of the game being collecting resources and creating settlements (the family home), I remember while I was playing for the first time, naturally I likened the gameplay to a couple of other tabletop game titles. If you love the following games then Creature Comforts will be a great choice for you.
- Blue Lagoon by Blue Orange Games - A game of collecting goods in order to build and create settlements on the main game board However the theme is very different as it set in a Polynesian style locale.
- Ticket To Ride Europe by Days of Wonder - Another collect and placement style game. One that is very popular among the gaming community.
- Tiny Epic Dinosaurs By Gamelyn Games - A dice rolling worker placement game that also has a selection of well made and colourful components. This also has a solo player mode.
All In All
Creature Comforts is a brilliant game for a variety of age ranges. It is now a firm favorite within my family home and one that we fell in love with instantaneously! I have every confidence that Creature Comforts will be adored by many. And even better, the makers of the game have already made an announcement for their next title "Maple Valley" which is to go live on Kickstarter towards the end of the year.