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Doodle Quest Review


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Quick Look:

Designer: Laurent Escoffier and David Franck
Artist: N/A
Publisher: Blue Orange Games
Year Published: 2014
No. of Players: 1-4
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 15 minutes

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Review:

Doodle Quest tests your memory and perception as players draw on a transparent sheet in hopes of completing the necessary quest when overlaid on the quest card. Sound easy? It might be…or it might be one of the most difficult (and fun!) things you’ve ever attempted.

Rules and Setup:
Each player takes a dry-erase pen (included), a transparent doodle sheet, and a drawing board (the doodle sheet goes on top of the drawing board for easier drawing).

Write each player’s name on the scoring sheet.

Randomly draw 6 quest cards and place them in a pile with your difficulty level facing up (yellow is beginner level, and black is advanced).

That’s it! You’re ready to play.

Game Play:
Game play is simple enough. Place the top quest card in the center of the table. I found it helpful for each player to get a good look at it right-side-up, so passing it around wouldn’t hurt. Once everyone has studied the quest card like a flash card the night before finals (i.e. fast), put your pen to your doodle pad and doodle away!

What you’re trying to attempt is to complete the quest without actually looking at it. Here’s an example of how that works:

First, study the quest card.

Take a good, long look.

Next, do your best to follow the instructions from the quest card by drawing on your doodle sheet.

Those look like the right shapes!

 Finally, place your doodle sheet over the quest card to see how you did!

At least I hit a starfish!

Score your doodle according to the legend on the quest card. Remember, each starfish gives you one additional point, even if you completely bombed the quest.

Once everyone has scored their doodle and recorded their points on the score sheet, take the next quest card and start again.

The game ends once all six quest cards have been completed, and the player with the most points wins!

Theme and Mechanics:

Those shark teeth are spot on!

The theme is a basic underwater adventure, guiding a fish through obstacles or adding teeth to a shark. Nothing too outstanding, and yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well then...

As far as mechanics go, it’s a simple pen-to-doodle-sheet type of thing, relying on memory, spacial awareness, and perception. You may draw the line perfectly, but it could be just a half an inch off the mark! 

Artwork and Components:
The artwork is fun and lively, with smiling starfish and bright-yellow submarines to give it a cartoony feel. The components are well-made—including fish stencils for some quests—and just right for the game.

The Good:
Doodle Quest is a quick game for both kids and adults. In fact, my wife wanted to play again and again, and I was certainly not opposed. Due to the nature of the game, it’s even doable as a single player.

The difficulty ranges from easy to hard, and even some of the easy ones can be a bit rough (for me, at least). I like that, of course, as I love a challenge. And yet, they are simple enough that even younger children will enjoy doodling the quest.

There are a lot of quests included in the game, which adds a great deal of replayability. Even doing quests multiple times in a row doesn’t take the fun out of it.

The Bad:
Losing or damaging the doodle sheets and/or markers would make this game unplayable. Of course, you could always replace them with other dry-erase markers or transparent sheets.

(Obviously I’m struggling to find something wrong with this game. Really, for what it is, it’s awesome.)

Final Thoughts:
Doodle Quest is a lot of fun. There’s not much to it, but the game play is still rewarding. This is one I’ll be bringing out frequently, especially to play with my kids once they’re old enough to draw straight (or wavy) lines.

Players Who Like:
If you like quick party games or testing your hand-eye coordination with a touch of memory involved, you’ll love Doodle Quest.


I am giving Doodle Quest 7 out of 10 super meeples.


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About the Author:



Benjamin Kocher hails from Canada but now lives in Utah with his wife and kids. He’s a copywriter, social media manager, videographer, freelance blogger, and writer of science fiction and fantasy. When he’s not writing, Benjamin loves to lose himself in the wonderful world of tabletop games, especially those with a rich, engaging theme. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminKocher and read his board game-inspired fiction at BenjaminKocher.com.

Doodle Quest Review Doodle Quest Review Reviewed by Benjamin Kocher on January 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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