Friday, May 22, 2015

Just Desserts Review

   Just Desserts is a little card game for two to five players by Looney Labs.

   Inside, there are two decks of cards.

   The dessert cards look something like this. There is the name of the dessert and the ingredients listed down the side. This one has chocolate, fruit and cake. The little icon on the bottom left means that this card is a favorite for a guest with that suit.

   This is what the guest cards look like. They have a name, a suit, and it tells you what their favorite dessert is. In the comment bubble, it tells you the things they like and the things they don't like. For example, The Emperor likes Devils Food Cupcakes or Chocolate Angel Food Cake. He also likes chocolate and cake. He does not like vegetables or fruit.

   To set up, shuffle the two decks. Deal three cards to each player. Then deal three guests face up in the center of the table. These are the guests you are going to serve.

   On your turn, draw a card. Then there are three different options you can choose from. 
      -You can draw an additional card.
      - You can discard as many dessert cards as you'd like and draw back up
      - you can serve guests.

   If you choose to serve guests, flip over one guest and add it to the middle of the table.

   You can serve up to two guests on a turn as long as you have the cards to serve them. In this picture, these two cards will satisfy Agent 17. They have both the fruit and the pastry and don't have any nuts.

   If you have a card that is a guest's favorite, you get a tip and can draw an extra dessert card. When you serve a guest, place them in front of you. These are your claimed guests.

   When your turn is over, if there are two guests with the same suit, one of them must be discarded. The guest that is on the top of the discard pile can still be served the same way as the guests in the middle of the table.

   If at any time, a player has either three cards of the same suit or one card in five different suits, they are the winner!

   This is a fun, card game that only takes a few minutes to play. It's fun to look at the very detailed art on the cards. You can tell a lot of time and thought has gone into this game.

   There is a bit of strategy, especially if you are trying to keep your opponents from winning. There is also quite a bit of luck which means there is the possibility of someone running away with the lead.

   This is a great game for passing the time. It's simple to learn and teach so it's great for family game nights. Sometimes it can be tricky figuring out the best way to serve guests so that you get the most out of your cards. They do have a few advanced rules if you would like to make it a bit harder and last a little longer.

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