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Fireworks Review

"You’re a firework, come on, let your colors burst” – Katy Perry

From the Publisher: A group of cats has been training very hard to master their profession- shooting off the biggest and best fireworks in the world! Although they are still rookies, they hope to become experts someday. Which cat can put on the most explosive fireworks display?

Quick Look:

Designer/Artist: Aza Chen
Publisher: Renegade Games Studio
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 2-4
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 20 minutes

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Rules and Setup:
Setup of the game is quite simple and fast. You’ll start by shuffling the different character cards and dealing each player a card, along with the matching score marker for that card. Additionally, each player will receive a city board, player aid, and two starting tiles. Each player then places their tiles on any of the spaces on their board. Take the remaining tiles, shuffle them, and place them face down in the box. Shuffle the deck of cards that have numbers in the upper-left corner greater than 1 and place them in two piles. Decide who the first player is, and start! The game end condition is met once a round ends where a board has been completed.

On your turn, you will drop the die into the box in an attempt to cause the chits (fireworks) to bounce up and flip over. Look at the die, see how many paw prints show, then take that many that flipped chits and place them on your board. On your turn, after choosing tiles, you can rearrange the layout on the board. Special tiles cause different effects (such as everyone giving one of their tiles to the person on the left, or taking another turn).

If a firework doesn’t flip, you draw a card and take the action on the card with another player. These action cards will tell you how many players will help you, and what the action would be (e.g. two players hammering the die into the box, one person dropping the die from under their chin, or 2-4 players all helping drop the die). If fireworks flip after the die is placed in the box, starting with the active player, each person will pick one tile and place it on their board. You are still limited to the number rolled on the die, so even if you have four people help and you only roll a 2, both you and the person to your left will get to pick.

Scoring is based on complete firework displays and the special tiles placed. Remember, you can rearrange your board on your turn when (and only when) you are placing tiles. Additionally, each player card has additional scoring rules based on the fireworks displays completed.

Theme and Mechanics:
Thematically, the game is very cute. With the tiles all having multiple types of firework displays on them, and working along the theme of building up the best display in the city, it works well! Mechanically, we are talking about a simple drop, pick, place-a-piece game. Clean, simple, fun mechanics that people of all ages would enjoy.

Game Play:
Gameplay is fast, especially with the action of being able to move your pieces around on your board on each of your turns. If anything, you'll find yourself running out of room on the board as you try to get the biggest and best display, and move things around again to try and fit in different options.

The one thing you'll want to do with any younger players is to make sure they are able to drop the die from high above the box to cause tiles to flip. It's not about slamming the die in the box, as any that fall outside the box do not count and will be shuffled back in at the end of turn, but about causing them to be able to flip a number on their turn.

Artwork and Components:
Artwork is clean, simple, and perfectly conveys any actions or numbers needed. While there is some text on the action cards, Renegade had the artwork on each one depict the actions needed for those who can't read the text.

Component quality is very good. Thick cardboard is used for the player boards, firework chits, and cardboard tube for the die. The die itself is a large d6 die with silk-screened art on it. The player cards and action cards are just a tad light on the stock used, but they're more than sufficient for many plays without worrying about any damage to them.

The Good:
Fireworks is fast, fun, and (when using the speed variant) furious! With great artwork, easy gameplay, and a light theme, you'll see this hitting the table to play with family and kids. Have older children or peers you want to play with? Throw in the Advanced variant that includes all the cards and eliminates the ability to retry if you fail the first drop of the die. Want a fast, frenetic session? Use the Speed variant, which has everyone grabbing tiles and trying to be the first to complete their board with the highest score.

The Bad:
Scoring on the game can take a bit, as there can be up to 14 different methods of scoring on a single board, along with the individual player card bonuses. When playing with a younger crowd, you'll find yourself helping them out this, though when I played it with a few 7-8 year olds, we just changed the scoring to the ones who had the biggest and most complete displays versus individual points.

Final Thoughts:
A bright and colorful game that can be played with children as young as 6? Yes, please! Renegade has yet again come out with a light and delightful game that children will be asking to play time and time again. While some adults may add their own variants that may give penalties when a tile does not flip, this game will be played again and again with much laughter around the table.

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Delton Perez - Reviewer

Delton Perez is a FLGS owner with 2 locations in Puerto Rico. Originally from Boston, he currently lives in the wilds of Ohio, where he currently resides with his family. By day, he is a Retail Consultant working in New York in the Fashion Industry, but by night, meeples, dice, and cardboard take over. Delton also runs a gaming organization based in Northeast Ohio that focuses on running game nights at Libraries, Schools, and Churches on a scheduled, monthly basis. At times, Delton has even been able to sleep, though proof has yet to be found.

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Fireworks Review Fireworks Review Reviewed by NeedsOfTheOne on December 27, 2018 Rating: 5

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