The Table Is Lava Review | Board Games | Zatu Games UK

    Zed has hand-picked an exciting and varied selection of games in this mystery box. Expect to receive some of the best games as well as a few surprises!

    Subscribe Now »

    Each Month we bring you a mystery box filled to the brim of games and goodies all coming from the same theme. This month it’s an awards special!

    Subscribe Now »

    Looking for the latest new releases? Then this is the subscription for you, each month you’ll receive a mystery box full of the newest and biggest games!

    Subscribe Now »

    Menu

    Buy 3, get 3% off - use code BOARD3 · Buy 5, get 5% off - use code BOARD5

    Buy The Game

    Awards

    71%

    Rating

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

    You Might Like

    • The ease of access.
    • The chaotic but fun play style.
    • The well set out guidelines.
    • The unique concept.

    Might Not Like

    • The technique is hard to master.
    • The need for more space than usual.
    • The mess.
    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    The Table is Lava Review

    Children's games were wild. The speed kids nowadays make games is insane, and how they all immediately know the rules is more so. Did you ever play 'The Floor is Lava!'? That game was crazy fun as a child. Launching from furnishing to furnishing across the house, avoiding the carpet, inevitably breaking something valuable. Great times! Nowadays jumping from sofa to sofa is frowned upon, whether you own them or not! So how could one go about reliving these memories of simpler times?

    Well... Board games are a good outlet for recreational pleasure and fun. But for something more specific to children's games, we'd highly recommend The Table is Lava by RnR Games. It's incredibly easy to pick up but does require more open space around the table than others. (Don't worry, you don't have to clamber onto furniture if you don't want to!) It's for 2-4 players and lasts about 15 minutes.

    Gameplay

    This is the sort of game where you need both technique and ruthlessness. Putting it bluntly, the game's madness, but so much fun! Every player has a unique deck of cards with Meeple on them. Some with just their own colour, others with a combination of colours. The idea of the game is to have the most Meeple still on the 'island' at the end of the game. To make the island, you all place your starting cards on the table so they are touching. You then place Meeple equal to that shown on the card. This is the 'island', and the table is lava (who'd have guessed). Only Meeple touching the island are classed as on it, no contact = no safety.

    Once set up is done, players take turns to literally throw cards at the island. Their aim is to expand it and place more of their own Meeple on it. Only cards that are one Meeple's distance away from the island can be placed upon, and Meeple knocked off are collateral damage. Every card will have Meeple on it and that will be who gets to be placed onto the island. As example, red throws a card with blue and red on it, so a blue and a red Meeple are placed.

    Throw a card too far from the island and no Meeple are placed, and cards off the table are discarded. If a card goes upside down, the player throwing it can lie about the Meeple reflected on it, however as all decks are near identical it's advised they do so cleverly. The final card has no Meeple placed on it regardless of positioning and so is used to cause mayhem.

    Scoring occurs once all players have thrown, flung and tossed their cards. Players gain one point for each of their Meeple laid down and two points for any stood up. The winner is the player with the most points!

    What's It Like To Play?

    Anarchy. It's beautifully mad anarchy in game. You will need to allow for more space around the table as players will want to move around during game play. We first played The Table is Lava at UKGE and there we had a fair amount of space, however we found using a coffee table was fine too. But there is a clear technique to either causing the most anarchy or adding to the island. You can't just lob the cards left, right and centre! And you can't just put in maximum power either.

    The aim of The Table is Lava is to have the most points. And to do that, you need the most Meeple on the island. Some people would see that as having a bigger numerical value than their opponents, which is fine. We saw that as "be the ONLY Meeple on the island", which caused more chaos. Both work well but one refines technique and lets you get better. The other demonstrates how well you can take a Meeple's head off using playing cards. Both were incredibly fun ways to play and ended the game in similar fashions.

    The cards are very durable and very easy to understand, as you'd hope! No use in having cards to throw that don't last. This game is not one you can be delicate with so expect cards to get lightly scuffed and marked. The quirky artwork can be easily understood, and the Meeple are simple, solid Meeple.

    The technique is the only tricky bit. How you throw the card is the difference between paper fluttering gently and ninja star. You could either tickle the Meeple with it or be the deadliest thing at 50 yards. It's all in the wrist, like you're skimming a stone. It sounds insane but if you're going to want to do well you've got to practice and be able to gauge power. We had no end of hilarity when someone went full throttle, skimmed the card and had it go entirely under the island and then off the table!

    Final Thoughts on The Table is Lava

    The Table is Lava is lighthearted, messy fun. It's not a game you can take too seriously but can still be competitive with. There are those moments of frustration where you can't fling the card correctly, and I'll admit that it's annoying, but you can't get wrapped up in that.

    The game lasts a very short amount of time and we honestly found that to be a good thing. We'd often use it as an introductory game or end of session game. If you're after lighthearted, simple fun with a unique element, this is a quality choice! And no, climbing off of the floor and onto the table is not mandatory.

    Rating

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

    You Might Like

    Might Not Like

    Zatu Score

    71%

    Buy Now

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here
    Excellent
    08000075444
    Bowthorpe Main Centre, Unit 15, Norwich NR5 9HA
    Zatu Games is rated 4.90 based on 10133
    Reviews

    Great games, liked it so much I got almost every version lol

    Great games, liked it so much I got almost every version lol

    I've ordered a few times from Zatu up to this point. The website works well, stock listings always seem to be right up to date and they have a fantastic range of products, which is why I keep coming back to them. Their delivery options are great and when they say next day delivery, they mean it, without any early cut off times. If the shop is open, they'll process the order. If I had one small criticismm some of the products could use better quality and more detailed descriptions as I did have to search online to read more about some items I was looking at. But that doesn't put me off ordering from Zatu, especially with such good prices.

    I've ordered a few times from Zatu up to this point. The website works well, stock listings always seem to be right up to date and they have a fantastic range of products, which is why I keep coming back to them. Their delivery options are great and when they say next day delivery, they mean it, without any early cut off times. If the shop is open, they'll process the order. If I had one small criticismm some of the products could use better quality and more detailed descriptions as I did have to search online to read more about some items I was looking at. But that doesn't put me off ordering from Zatu, especially with such good prices.

    Second time buying from Zatu very helpful, quick delivery and advised me straight away when an item was out of stock. Highly recommend and will continue to use.

    Second time buying from Zatu very helpful, quick delivery and advised me straight away when an item was out of stock. Highly recommend and will continue to use.

    I received a notification that the game I wanted was back in stock, and had it on order five minutes later. Easy peasy.

    I received a notification that the game I wanted was back in stock, and had it on order five minutes later. Easy peasy.

    Quick and easy, this site has been recommended by a friend! Was not disappointed.

    Quick and easy, this site has been recommended by a friend! Was not disappointed.

    Fast efficient!

    Fast efficient!

    Amazing prices, reliable delivery and great range. I get all my games here!

    Amazing prices, reliable delivery and great range. I get all my games here!

    Board game arrived quickly and it was well packaged inside a second cardboard box. Additional flyers with offers were included . I had no trouble at all.

    Board game arrived quickly and it was well packaged inside a second cardboard box. Additional flyers with offers were included . I had no trouble at all.

    Excellent and quick service, will definitely buy from again

    Excellent and quick service, will definitely buy from again

    Excellent service and huge choice of games for a great deal.

    Excellent service and huge choice of games for a great deal.

    Read All Reviews