Witched Slapped and Pack Wars Game Board Review

This a double feature review from Prolific Games.

Witch Slapped!

Publisher: Prolific Games
Players: 3-6
Duration on box: 15-30 minutes
Age recommended on box: 9+
Time to learn: 5 minutes
Price: $18

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Game Description/Game play 

Are you feeling a bit evil? In the game, you are evil witch trying to set up your Gingerbread House in a dark, spooky forest. Of course you must gobble a few children on your way! When you get to your chosen location, you've discovered some other nasty witches have had the same idea as you. You must fight and Witch Slap those other witches around a bit to show them you deserve the best location in the forest!

Play begins by choosing your witch and taking corresponding witch cards to each of the players at the table. Each witch starts with nine lives, represented by numbered cards in front of them. You create a spell deck with nine different colored spell cards. The spell deck is shuffled and  each player is dealt five cards. Five numbered cauldrons are placed in the center of table within reach of all players. The dealer begins the round by drawing on card and passing one card to the left. Picking up and passing continues around the table until players collect multiples of one spell. Players try to get a minimum of four of kind but can get five. When a player reaches four or five making spell cards in their hand, they slap the matching cauldron in the middle of table; everyone else must also slap a cauldron matching or one of less value than the number of matches in their hand. After everyone has fought of cauldrons, players cast spells on each other. If you were able to slap a cauldron, you are able to cast a spell. The intensity of spell is based on the number of cauldron you were able to slap. Each players chooses who to cast their spell on and and each spell is carried out. Last the clean up phase takes place in which spell cards are collected and the witch with lowest remaining lives deals the next hand. Continue playing until one witch remains. 

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Verdict

SPOONS!!! Who played spoons as a child??? This a great variation of the good old fashioned game of spoons! It will definitely bring out some rowdiness and laughter among players. It's a great game to play with family of all ages. We loved that this game is great to bring to family function but also great to play with friends. It's easy to catch on to and can add to an entertaining afternoon of game play. We also loved that the game comes with nine alternative spell cards to switch in and out with other spells to add variability for replay. 

Nonstop Tabletop would recommend this game if you like to entertain a variety of age levels with light and engaging games. This game is action packed and a bit intense so your group is bound to get loud and proud! 

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Pros

  • easy to learn
  • cute theme
  • great for all ages

Cons

  • theme may not appeal to everyone

Gateway Game Score: 8/10

Overall Rating: 7/10

Pack Wars

Publisher: Prolific Games
Players: 2-5
Duration on box: 15-35 minutes
Age recommended on box: 8+
Time to learn: 5 minutes
Price: $18

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Game Description/Game play 

Pack Wars is game about packing your backpack with the light items possible. A grid of weighted item cards is laid out in a five columns, three rows setup. Each player chooses a character and places it under a column. Simultaneously, player choose two action cards from their hand of five cards and place them face down on the table. Each card is labeled with a color and numerical rank. All players flip over one card. The player with the lowest ranked card carries out their action first. Play continues through the ranking order. This is repeated with the second card. Each player is allowed to pack one card per round into their pack. If an action did not force them to pack a card, the player packs the card immediately above their character card. Following each round, the action cards played are discarded and two new cards are drawn while cards in the loading zone are refilled. The game is played over five rounds. After the five rounds are complete, the player with the lightest backpack is the winner. 

Verdict

Pack Wars is a light filler game. It works best with three or more players. We found that a two player game allowed for players to do a lot of their own thing rather than interacting with each other. In a three plus player games, players are forced to interact with each other more causing more player interaction. This game won't be a top play again for us but it definitely brought a little bit of competitive play to the table. There is a bit of take that and guessing what your opponents are going to do next.

Pros

  • small and compact box
  • fast and easy play

Cons

  • interesting artwork
  • theme might not connect with everyone

Gateway Game Score: 8/10

Overall Rating: 5/10

Review by Annamous