Ogre Cheerleaders Board Game Review

Game: Ogre Cheerleaders
Publisher: Paw-Warrior Games
Game Design: Josh Paugh and Ben Krieger
Artwork: Ed Francis
Board Game Types: Party Game & Trick-Taking

Player: 2-ish (Designed with 2 players in mind, but can handle more.)
Duration: 10 minutes
Age: 7+ (Younger children can understand the game mechanics, but reading skills are required.)
Time to Learn: 5

Ogre Cheerleaders Board Game Review

Ogre Cheerleaders Card Game

Game Description

You've always wanted to see professional ogre cheerleading. Don't deny it. Unfortunately, the public still isn't ready to accept ogres into the mainstream. Until the day that these misunderstood green beings have claimed their place among humans, you'll have to settle for the cliff notes version of their antics. Cue: Ogre Cheerleaders! The card game where four different cheer squads show their skills in an attempt to make it onto the prestigious Ogreton University team, and you're the recruitment officer in charge of assembling the team. 

The five-year old thinks this Unionville Unicorn Cheerleader has beautiful braids. She didn't give a second thought to the armpit hair. We may be raising a free-spirit.

The five-year old thinks this Unionville Unicorn Cheerleader has beautiful braids. She didn't give a second thought to the armpit hair. We may be raising a free-spirit.

Gameplay

The cheerleader's stunts. This is as complicated as this game gets.

The cheerleader's stunts. This is as complicated as this game gets.

All players (aka: recruitment officers) start with 4 ogre cheerleader cards.
Four cards are laid face up in a row in the "field".
Players take turns placing their cards onto the field, resolving the effects of the cards as they play. Players score when: at least 2 cards next to each other have the same point value, at least 3 cards next to each other have the same symbol, or there is a numerical sequence of at least 3 consecutive cards.
The game ends when the draw deck runs out.

With a knockout like this, there's no denying the athlete's flexibility and strength. Or, maybe it was just her advanced periodontal disease that caused this dental issue.

With a knockout like this, there's no denying the athlete's flexibility and strength. Or, maybe it was just her advanced periodontal disease that caused this dental issue.

Pros

  • Teaches kids basic gaming skills (matching symbols, matching numbers, numerical sequences, score counting)
  • Ogre Cheerleaders! Ogres are awesome! These ogres prove that stereotypes can be defied! Have a dream? Go get it!
  • Compact size. It's just a deck of cards, so it's a great purse/murse game.
  • Quick, fun game play. We played a full 2-player game between appetizers and our main course at a local brewpub. More players make for an even quicker game.
  • Kids find it "hilarious!"
  • Funny graphics. Aside from one self-inflicted knocked out tooth, and about 3 drops of blood, this game is good, clean, (albeit, stinky ogre-breathed) family-friendly fun.
  • Simple, succinct, clearly stated and illustrated gameplay instructions.

Cons

  • The game did seem to be slightly unbalanced. Winner took home alllll the gold. (Example score: 124-20) This didn't happen every game, but often enough to notice a trend.
  • Not for the super-competitive gamer. More luck than skill based.
You might want to rethink that score...

You might want to rethink that score...

Verdict

This is a game that we would probably buy. If you enjoy Love Letter, you will probably enjoy Ogre Cheerleaders. Gameplay is simple, quick, and silly fun.  It would make for a great stocking stuffer gift. However, unfortunately for all of you, it is not yet available for purchase. We played a prototype version that has been play-tested, but may have some changes before being put out on the market.

This game was reviewed by May Begaming, who takes gingivitis and periodontal disease very seriously. Use that floss so you don't have a knee-hit-jaw, tooth-fly-out-of-mouth moment like our lovely cheerleader up there.

Are you excited for the official release of this game or would you rather just bash your squad mate with a giant club? Let us know in the comments below and check out our features on Board Game Addiction and why There Are No Spouses in Board Games.

Be sure to check out more about Ogre Cheerleaders and other awesome games from Paw-Warrior Game's official website or facebook page. Ambyria looks pretty sweet.