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Quick Look: Taco Party!

Designer: Matt Bromley
Artist: Maria Alicia Balderrama, Matt Bromley
Publisher: Wildbird Games
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 2-6
Ages: 12+
Playing Time: 30-60 min.

From the publisher:

Taco Party! is a family-friendly game for 2-6 players and takes about 30-60 minutes to play. The goal is to make a taco then be the first to eat it. Perform a variety of dexterity and speed challenges with a handful of dice. Draw a card, dice ingredients and collect the necessary ingredients to make your taco. Then you must get rid of all your ingredients to win. Sounds easy but don’t flauta yourself. This game will test your physical ability, strategy, and luck. Plus, it just so happens that the other players will be jalapeno business. There will be steals, swaps, out-crunching, and messy food fights! Join the shellebration!

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WARNING: This is a preview of Taco Party! All components and rules are prototype and subject to change.

Review: Taco Party!

Dripping with salsa and cheese, Taco Party! is a family-friendly dice-and-card game that is full of flavor and a theme perfect for your next Taco Tuesday adventure. The rulebook is full of corn-y jokes that will keep you groaning as you teach your friends and family how to play.

Components and Setup:
Our preview copy of Taco Party! includes a set of 6 oversized taco character cards (Chalupacabra, Guaczilla, and other mashed-up names), a deck of action cards, 6 colored dice, and 30 chunky, angled wooden pieces in matching colors to represent the 6 ingredients: beef, chicken, fish, salsa, cheese, and avocado.

Set up is quick and easy - put all the wooden ingredient pieces in the middle of the table to make the Platter, give everyone a taco character, and shuffle the action cards and deal each player one to start.

Game Play and Mechanics:
Taco Party! is an interesting mix of hand management, dice rolling, and party activities. On your turn, you have the option of playing a card from your hand to use its action, then you'll draw a new card and roll dice to see what ingredients you may get. Your goal is first to fill your taco with one meat and all three toppings, then to flip your character card over and empty it by removing the ingredients you added in step one.

The dice rolling part of your turn is different from any other dice game our family has played. On the card, you'll see dice values for most of the ingredients. You will roll the matching colored dice and see if you can get matching values for any of them - this is called Dicing the card. You'll get your choice of one of the ingredients that you were able to match, and you add it to your taco. 

But wait! If there's an ingredient with no dice values showing, it's the Party Foul ingredient, and you get to choose an opponent to roll that die. If they match one of your values, they can block you from taking the ingredient you could have matched, and they can take the Party Foul ingredient instead! In the photo below, the Party Foul roller could block you from taking the yellow cheese and would earn a black beef for having blocked you. This Party Foul rule adds more interaction to the step of a game (rolling dice) that's usually not very interactive, and we really enjoyed it.

Once you have Diced a card, you add it to your hand. You can use these cards on later turns to take the actions on them or discard one to re-roll a number of dice equal to the large Crunch number on the card.

The card actions are where the real party-game feel of Taco Party! come into play. Some of the actions are more typical of card actions in a game - swap ingredients, have a Crunch Off to compare the Crunch numbers on your cards to earn or steal ingredients, and so on. 

The most delicious fun lies in the party-style games that you can play as your action. These mini games include stacking dice with one hand in under 5 seconds, rolling a large straight on your dice in under 10 seconds, flicking a die across the table, "Carrot-e" chopping a stack of dice to try to knock off only the top one or two, having a Food Fight and trying to call out the name of the opponent whose die roll matched your own, and so on. These extras add a lot of action and laughter around the table as dice go flying and players are yelling out names.

Play continues around the table with players taking an optional action, then Dicing a card, until one player is able to build and then eat a taco before anyone else!

The Good:
Taco Party! was overall quick to learn and fairly easy to teach, besides a few small hiccups. The Dicing mechanic is an interesting one that we haven't seen before, and that's always a plus in my review book.

My family enjoyed Taco Party!, especially the action-packed mini games, and they loved the theme. The first time we played, my daughter asked indignantly why we weren't eating tacos while we played. (This may be a sign that I over-theme my other game nights...!)

The Bad:
There were a few spots where the rule book wasn't as clear as it could have been, and my daughter didn't really understand the Crunch Off action and so never chose to take it. Other than those few issues with learning the rules, the game played pretty smoothly. I'm excited to see how the game fares on Kickstarter!

Players Who Like:
Families who enjoy light-hearted games like Happy Salmon, Dicecapades, or Mr. Toast will enjoy Taco Party!

Final Thoughts:
If you like laughter and silliness with a dash of dice and a side of hand management, Taco Party! may be just the game to liven up your next fiesta. My family definitely enjoyed it and found it engaging with several new-to-us mechanics. This will earn a spot on our family's game shelf - but next time, I've promised my daughter a platter of tacos, too!

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Taco Party! is coming to KICKSTARTER in April 2018.

About the Author:

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Taco Party Preview Taco Party Preview Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on April 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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