Bears Vs Babies

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Bears vs. Babies is from the same creators as Exploding Kittens and is the next instalment of their crazy, fun-fuelled, family friendly, party card gaming minds. Once you’ve opened the faux, bear-fur covered box you will find a massive set of cards and a play mat that helps you set-up the game. The packs are shuffled and three stacks of cards, to randomise the draw, are set ou…
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Bears vs. Babies is from the same creators as Exploding Kittens and is the next instalment of their crazy, fun-fuelled, family friendly, party card gaming minds.

Once you've opened the faux, bear-fur covered box you will find a massive set of cards and a play mat that helps you set-up the game. The packs are shuffled and three stacks of cards, to randomise the draw, are set out on the play mat. Players draw a hand of five cards. If anyone has a baby in their hand they place it face-down on the appropriate baby army space, land, water or air being the three baby army factions, before drawing back up to five.

The game is simple, you have two actions and on each can either draw or play a card. There are two main types of cards which represent the two warring factions, monster cards and baby cards.

Players build monsters; starting with a head that is a type of animal that matches the three baby armies their are also bear heads acting as wild cards, counting as any army.

You can then add body sections, legs and arms. This is where the hilarity, creativity and fun starts as the cards are full of ridiculous combinations. You can create a dolphin wearing a suit with octopus legs and bat wings, or an eagle in business attire who is also sushi.

At any point when you feel your monster is strong enough you can provoke a baby army. At this point any monsters in the same faction (land, air or, water) have to total up their card points, each body parts scores points towards your total monster points. The opposing baby army deck is picked up and each card turned over and the baby total calculated. If monsters win, the players whose monster army had the most points collects all of the baby cards for scoring at the end of the game. If the babies win, all monster cards are discarded and play continues.

Like a card someone has discarded, you can dumpster dive to get it back, but this will be your only action. There are also bonus cards that you can add to your monster that will increase your actions, although cost you points in a baby war.

Bears Vs babies is random and a lot of fun particularly for those who like the zany artwork and crazy combinations you can build.

So, grab your cards, build your monster and battle those babies!

Player Count: 2-5
Time: 20 Minutes
Age: 10+

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Bears Vs Babies Review

 

Do you love bears? Do you have an undeniable displeasure when around babies? Or are you just a fan of competitive hand managementcard games? Regardless to any of your answers, so long as you have a slightly twisted sense of humour and enjoy card games, Bears Vs Babies by  Elan Lee and The Oatmeal is the game for you! Players compete to defeat abominable babies whilst creating their own equally horrifying Frankenstein-esque "bear" creations.

Bears Vs Babies is entirely centred around creating an army of bears capable of defeating hordes of unusual and questionably designed babies that only a mother could love. Players compete to construct the best 'bears' using cards from their hands that will have an attack value powerful enough to defeat land, sea, or sky baby armies.

Gameplay

Each turn, players can play two cards, draw two cards, draw one and play one, dumpster dive, or provoke the baby armies. The two cards played must be attached to a bear head card or ongoing creation, and the stitches must line up; if the stitches don't match then you can't attach those body parts.

Bears are comprised of heads, torsos, arms, legs, tools and hats. Other than tools which are attached via plugs (yes, plugs) and hats which sit nicely on the head, all cards must match the stitches set out on the cards and must make sense (you can't attach a torso to a torso, not even bears have two chests). All cards attached to the bear will contribute to its battle capability and will aid it in its inevitable battle with the babies. Determining which army the bear will battle is done via the bear's head; the attack value on the head card will determine which babies are attacked. Blue is for sea, green for land and red for sky, although some heads are wild and can contribute to all battles.

Bear cards aren't the only things lurking in the deck, you may be unlucky enough to draw a baby card! These cards are immediately added to their respective army and this counts as an action, meaning you may spend your turn empowering the enemy! The baby cards have values of 1-3 and these are cumulative, meaning the longer an army goes unprovoked, the more powerful it becomes!

Playing Bears Vs Babies

On the flip side, you may acquire an action card. Action cards work differently dependent on what card you acquire; the ones that will benefit you can be played from your hand, but those that are less beneficial are played immediately! Drawing cards can be equally as risky as provoking the babies! Dumpster diving is the only surefire safe way to acquire powerful cards, but this takes two actions; it enables you to go into the discard pile and draw any one card, so if you've been hunting down one body part and have no luck, you can always pillage the corpses of others' fallen bears!

Down to the business at hand! Battling babies! To take on an army of babies, you need to spend no actions and draw no cards on your turn, you instead shout PROVOKE! The provoking player chooses which army to take on and all bear armies of that type must engage the enemy. Players' armies don't fight together but also don't count against one another, so choosing when to provoke and which army to provoke is important both tactically and for points! The player with the most powerful army that can beat the babies gets those baby cards, and all monster cards that joined in the battle are discarded. If no one can beat the babies, no one wins and all cards involved are discarded.

Final Thoughts on Bears Vs Babies

The game is quick but doesn't play smoothly, however it's not meant to. You'll spend a lot of time getting annoyed at other players! Every opportunity that you get to outdo, hinder or straight up annoy your opponents is meant to be grasped.

Bears Vs Babies is one of those games where, if you don't act like a terrible human being, you're going to lose. On top of that, the game requires a lot of social deduction in terms of establishing what your opponent's next move is. Should they provoke a baby horde they aren't going to be fighting, they may massively disrupt three turns effort!

The game is designed as a filler and should be played as such, too much play in quick succession will cause the game to lose its charm! The artwork is hilarious and reflects the comedic theme of the game, but don't let that fool you, the cards are only the tip of the iceberg when you remember the box is coated in a thick fuzz!

 

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Weight 0.418 kg