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Dobble is a quick and easy to learn, matching game with a twist. The game consists of 55 round cards in a nice tin box with each card showing 8 symbols out of a 57 collection. The very clever bit is that every card has only one symbol in common with every other card and your aim is to find it. In each game of Dobble, 2 to 8 players act simultaneously to find matching symbols on two …
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Dobble is a quick and easy to learn, matching game with a twist. The game consists of 55 round cards in a nice tin box with each card showing 8 symbols out of a 57 collection. The very clever bit is that every card has only one symbol in common with every other card and your aim is to find it.

In each game of Dobble, 2 to 8 players act simultaneously to find matching symbols on two different cards. In principle, it seems pretty straightforward but, remember: there is only one matching symbol between two cards. In addition, all symbols on the cards are showed in different sizes and orientation making your hunt for a matching one quite complex.

Once a match found, players can shout it loud, collect a card and move on to find another match on a newly revealed card. Card after card, symbol after symbol players will find their way to achieve the victory. Dobble is great to keep all players engaged and if you are looking for more fun, you could alternate the five different type of games included in the box:

· The Tower: all players compete to collect more cards that anyone else by finding matches on a common pile of cards. Once a match found, players collect the card from the drawing deck and score one point.

· The Well: opposite to The Tower, all player compete to be the first to get rid of all their cards by finding matches on a common pile of cards. Once a match found, players discard their card to a central pile and they are one step closer to win.

· Hot Potato: similar to The Well, all players compete to get rid of as many of their cards as possible by matching symbols on their opponents cards. Once a match found, players could pass their card(s) to their opponent until only one of them has cards in their hand.

· The Poisoned Gift: in another twist of The Well, all players compete to have the lowest amount of cards by matching symbols on their opponents cards and a central pile. If you spot a match on your opponent card, they receive the card from the drawing deck and they are a step closer to lose.

· Triplet: similar to the Tower, all players compete to collect more cards that anyone else by finding matches on 3 out of nine cards. Cards could be collected only once 3 matching symbols are spotted.

Player count: 2-8
Time: 15 minutes
Age rating: 7+

Awards

Pick-Up & Play
Fun for Kids
Value For Money

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You Might Like

  • Family game for all ages
  • Easy to learn
  • Quick to play
  • Transportable

Might Not Like

  • The variety of ways to play aren’t that different
  • Your kids can actually beat you
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Dobble is a quick and easy to learn, matching game with a twist. The game consists of 55 round cards in a nice tin box with each card showing 8 symbols out of a 57 collection. The very clever bit is that every card has only one symbol in common with every other card and your aim is to find it.

In each game of Dobble, 2 to 8 players act simultaneously to find matching symbols on two different cards. In principle, it seems pretty straightforward but, remember: there is only one matching symbol between two cards. In addition, all symbols on the cards are showed in different sizes and orientation making your hunt for a matching one quite complex.

Once a match found, players can shout it loud, collect a card and move on to find another match on a newly revealed card. Card after card, symbol after symbol players will find their way to achieve the victory. Dobble is great to keep all players engaged and if you are looking for more fun, you could alternate the five different type of games included in the box:

· The Tower: all players compete to collect more cards that anyone else by finding matches on a common pile of cards. Once a match found, players collect the card from the drawing deck and score one point.

· The Well: opposite to The Tower, all player compete to be the first to get rid of all their cards by finding matches on a common pile of cards. Once a match found, players discard their card to a central pile and they are one step closer to win.

· Hot Potato: similar to The Well, all players compete to get rid of as many of their cards as possible by matching symbols on their opponents cards. Once a match found, players could pass their card(s) to their opponent until only one of them has cards in their hand.

· The Poisoned Gift: in another twist of The Well, all players compete to have the lowest amount of cards by matching symbols on their opponents cards and a central pile. If you spot a match on your opponent card, they receive the card from the drawing deck and they are a step closer to lose.

· Triplet: similar to the Tower, all players compete to collect more cards that anyone else by finding matches on 3 out of nine cards. Cards could be collected only once 3 matching symbols are spotted.

Player count: 2-8
Time: 15 minutes
Age rating: 7+

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Dobble

The award winning game Dobble is over a decade old. You might know it by its pseudonym Spot it! or you might have seen it wearing Disney Princess, Star Wars or Harry Potter disguises. Published by Asmodee this game’s closest relative is snap.

So how does a simple game of finding pairs win awards and last over a decade with unwavering popularity? Is it hype and marketing or is it a good game? Read on to find out.

Gameplay

Dobble is easy to grasp. Most people will understand the simple objective of matching an image on two cards. This original version contains 55 cards, each with eight illustrations on. When comparing two cards only one image will ever match. Dobble however, mixes it up and messes with your brain! It does this by varying the sizes of the symbols from card to card. When you stop to think about this, it is really, really clever. The illustrations don’t change colour, the creators weren’t that twisted, but they did decide on a palette of colours that frequently get used and help camouflage one another.

Dobble offers a handful of different ways to play… The Towering Inferno, The Well, Hot Potato, Gotta Catch Them All!, and The Poisoned Gift.

However they try to market it with these different mini-games, Dobble is still ultimately the same matching game. You have to match to either gain or get rid of your cards. That doesn’t really matter though, because this is still very clever in its tricky simplicity.

My favourite mini-game is Towering Inferno. Whereby each player has a card in front of them and there is a central draw deck. Turning over the top card of the draw pile players work out which of their symbols match to win that card. The player with the most cards at the end wins. This is the one I play with my kids the most. It doesn’t need to be more complicated than this and you can still have fun without the vindictiveness of some of the other options.

How it Plays

All of the 2-8 players are constantly involved trying to find their pair. It is also quick and inclusive. I have played it with my youngest son when he was 4. Granted, we created a house rule for older players that we had to count to 3 in our head before making a match to give him a fighting chance. For me, this is a much better option than splashing out on the Dobble Kids version. From 8+ no handicap is needed, although sometimes I wish they would count to 3 in their heads for me to win a couple!

You can go on a roll and suddenly every card has a particular symbol on and you just get in the zone, but equally other players have these spurts as well so it balances out in the end.

The cards are colourful and good quality. Strong enough to withstand the odd snatch or grab without creasing or tearing.

Final Thoughts on Dobble

With the house rule discussed above in play no one has an advantage. This means we can all play together, including our youngest player, and it still be competitive and fun. That is rare in all but the best family games, to level the playing field and still enjoy the game as a so-called grown-up. It is also a game I would play without the kids.

Its small tin lends itself to being transportable so it can be taken anywhere. Dobble fits in your handbag if you are off to the pub and need something to amuse the younglings. It would also fit in hand luggage if you are travelling and you could even play it on one of the fold down trays on a coach, train or plane. It would probably even fit in a bum bag (fanny pack to American readers) if those things still exist. There is even a waterproof version for playing outdoors in the great British summer.

It is a lightweight game in more ways than one. The small tin certainly packs a punch bigger than its size suggests.  With an RRP of £12.99 this really is a game that every family should own and play.

As I mentioned, Dobble is also available in different themes. These have a good look and appeal to the fan bases. For me though, you can’t beat this original version for the whole family to enjoy.

In short, Dobble delivers.

Zatu Score

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Family game for all ages
  • Easy to learn
  • Quick to play
  • Transportable

Might not like

  • The variety of ways to play arent that different
  • Your kids can actually beat you