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Nut So Fast Review

Quick Look: Nut So Fast

Designer: Jeff Lai
Artist: Chris McCoy
Publisher: Smirk & Laughter Games
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 3-6
Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 15-20 min.

From the publisher:

You gotta be lightning fast in the wildly nutty party game Nut So Fast! Flip two cards and watch for exactly four matching nut pictures. If you see a set of four, grab the nut token with the same face right out from under other player's noses! But "nut" so fast, because if a number card appears, players instead need to strike the correct nutty pose.

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Review: Nut So Fast

Overview and Theme:
If you thought your family game night was wild and wacky before, Nut So Fast! Get your squirrelly little paws on the latest fur-flying, fastest-fingers, nut-collecting game from Smirk & Laughter and your game nights will never be the same.

Nut So Fast is all about speed, and your ability to quickly see a set of 4, 7, or 8 nuts and snatch the right wooden nut from the center of the table...and your willingness to block, grab, and body-check your family in the quest for that elusive almond!

If your family or your gaming group enjoys real-time, quick-thinking action with a hearty dose of physical agility and speed, take a peek at Nut So Fast.

Components and Setup:
At the heart of Nut So Fast is a collection of quirky, comically-illustrated wooden nuts with hysterical expressions sketched by Chris McCoy. These adorable walnuts, cashews, almonds, and pistachios are immediately attention grabbing and brought the interest of anyone who was at the table or passing by when we pulled the game out.

In addition, there is a deck of Nuts cards and another deck of silly Nutty Pose cards.

Setup for Nut So Fastlike the game itselfis quick and easy. Give each player a blue base card and deal the 72 Nuts cards out as evenly as possible into face down piles, one per player. Deal out three of the Nutty Pose cards face up, one for each number, 1, 2, and 3. Set the wooden nuts in the center of the table, and you're ready to play.

Game Play and Mechanics:
Nut So Fast is quick to teach and explain. The rules booklet is clear, with plenty of illustrations, and there are player aid cards to give newcomers (though we found that after a round or two, the game went so fast that no one had time to check their other cards).

Each player will take turns flipping over two cards from their face-down pile onto two face-up piles in front of them. As each card is flipped over, all the players need to quickly scan both cards now face up in front of the active player.

Is there a set of 4 walnuts? GRAB A WALNUT! Quickly! Before everyone else gets one...because there will be one fewer walnuts than the number of players, so someone won't get one. And the person who doesn't get one will have to take all the cards from in front of the active player as penalty points. (Put them under your blue card, in your face down pile of cards.)  In this game, points are bad, so you don't want to have cards at the bottom of your pile.

Rules for the cashews are the samegrab a cashew if you see exactly 4 on the cards, and the person who is slowest gets the penalty points.

The pistachio is a little different, because there's only one. If you see exactly 4 pistachios, GRAB THAT PISTACHIO as fast as you can. The player who grabbed it will get to give the cards from in front of the active player to any other player of their choice as penalty points, and you (a) want that power and (b) do not want anyone else to be able to give them to you, so keep an eye on the pistachios.

What about that odd almond? There's only one almond, too, but no almonds on the cards.  The almond is a special case, and comes up in three pretty rare situations:

     7 of the same kind of nut showing,
     8 of the same kind of nut showing, or
     2 sets of 4 nuts showing.

If one of those rare situations arises, and you're the first to see it, SNATCH THAT ALMOND and wave it over your head in unbridled glee, because now you get to give all the penalty point cards you have to any other player!  It's absolute Almond Joy!

Keep taking turns, going around the table, flipping over two cards, one at a time, onto the piles in front of you, until someone flips over a card that reveals their blue "Time to Score" card. At that time, everyone counts the number of cards they have under their blue card, and scores that number of points to end the round. You'll shuffle the cards and deal them out again to play two more rounds, for a total of three rounds, and rememberthe lowest score wins, so points are bad news.

But wait, what about those Nutty Pose cards?  Sprinkled throughout the Nuts deck like chopped peanuts on an ice cream sundae are a few number cards. Each number corresponds to one of three silly poses (shrug your shoulders, bunny ears, cover your lips, etc.).  When a number card is flipped, everyone has to make that pose as quickly as possible, and the last player to pose will get the active player's cards as points. (Have you played Smirk & Dagger's classic card game, Hex Hex? This silly pose rule feels just like our favorite Hex Hex card.) The poses will change each round, so by the end of the game you'll feel pretty goofy as you try to remember to strike just the right pose as fast as you can.

The Good:
To be, or nut to be? The goofy, chunky, quirky wooden nuts, the easy-to-learn rules, the speedy game play, and the silly poses of Nut So Fast all add up to a great family or filler game, perfect for getting out your giggles and honing your reflexes. The materials are top notch and the gameplay is extremely engaging. I can't say enough good things about this game.

The Bad:
Are you off your nut? It's silly, goofy, and a lighter game. If those aren't things that engage you, Nut So Fast might not be the right fit for you, and that's okayhopefully this review helped you decide whether or not this game is a good fit for your group. It also might be a little tricky in groups where the younger kids don't have the number sense yet to quickly see groups of four, but you could come up with family rules to compensate for times when you're playing with kids that young. Beyond that...I don't have anything bad to say!

Players Who Like:
This is not a tough nut to crack: if you enjoy lighter games, with aspects of speed and dexterity, like Hex Hex, Dutch Blitz, Spoons, Dr. Eureka, or Blend Off, then you will probably enjoy Nut So Fast.

Final Thoughts:
In a nutshell, my family has gone nuts over Nut So Fast! The hilarious nutty personalities of the wooden pieces, the ease of game play, and the addition of the wildly funny poses combine to make a delightfully captivating game that we will play again and again.

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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!
Nut So Fast Review Nut So Fast Review Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on July 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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