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Quick Look: Battle Babies

Designer: Brandon Seeger
Gabby Watson
Publisher: Stuffed Horse Games
Year Published: 2020
No. of Players: 2-4
Ages: 10+
Playing Time: 60 minutes

Ever wondered what it might be like to form a baby army and pit it against other baby armies? Yeah, me neither, but if you have, Battle Babies might be the game for you! Battle Babies is a deckbuilding combat game for 2-4 players. Throughout the game, you will be recruiting babies and buying battle plans from a common market to build your baby army, and then eventually use those cards to attack other players or defend from other players’ attacks. Fight back and forth until all other armies have been defeated. Last baby standing wins!

Setup and Gameplay
To set up the game, the players must first choose which class of babies they would like to play: Villain Babies, Warrior Babies, Ugly Babies, or Special Babies. Once all players have chosen, give the players their class-specific starting deck of cards, a health counter card, and their unique class card.

To create the card market you will be buying from, place the “Character Babies” and “Battle Plans” decks in the middle of the table. Place 5 cards face-up from each deck to create a row of cards next to their respective decks. Separate the Ration cards into two piles (King and Princess Baby) and place them face-up next to the newly created rows. With the card market ready, shuffle your starting deck, draw 5 cards, and get ready to battle!

Throughout the game you will be building your deck by buying cards from the common market and then placing them in your discard pile to be used later. The goal of the game is to build an “engine” of cards so that your deck will fuel itself to grow and (hopefully) become stronger. All of this is accomplished by playing the cards into the play area and following the rules of the icons or what the text reads.

The gameplay for Battle Babies is fairly straightforward. Your turn consists of two phases: the actions phase and the cleanup phase. The actions phase is the core phase of the game. During this phase, you will be taking actions like such as recruit babies, buy Battle Plans from the market, retire starter babies, lay out your defenses (Passive Babies), and attack the other players. In the cleanup phase, you will discard your played cards and draw your hand back to five cards. You will not be discarding your Passive Babies though--you will need those to defend yourself! Play will continue like this until all but one player’s life is at 0. That player is crowned victorious!

I cannot believe that I have made it this far without mentioning the art or the theme in the game because they are probably my two favorite aspects. I absolutely love the theme. It is not some run-of-the-mill, boring theme that we have seen a hundred times. It is unique and done in a most tasteful way. I mean, you are fighting babies after all. Now, I’m not savvy enough with all the art terms to explain why I like it (I skimmed through my art history course, unfortunately), but I find the art to be amazing. Most of the babies were done in such an amusing way that fits that specific character and it just brings them to life. I know that art is very subjective, but I cannot say enough good things about it.

I’ve primarily played this game at two players. To me, that feels like the best player count, too. At a higher player count, it slows the game down a little bit, but turns went by at a good pace so that wasn’t a problem. My issue playing with more than two players is that one player usually gets ganged up on and there is not much they can do about it. That’s just kind of the nature of these type games and it is unfortunate. Thankfully, the game plays pretty quickly so it isn’t a huge problem.

Final Thoughts
I wanted to like this game. The theme is fun, I like card-driven combat type games (not dissimilar to Magic the Gathering), and I appreciate a good deckbuilder. Ultimately, though, Battle Babies just fell flat for me. I found it difficult to get a good combo engine going and when I did, the game was about over. I would have also liked to see more synergy within the different classes of babies. I think this would help alleviate some of my issues with this game. It isn’t a bad game, just not one for me.

*No babies were harmed in the playing of this game.

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Eric Schevenius - Reviewer

Full-time father, part-time nerd. When not spending time with my family, I try to fill the rest of my time playing tabletop games. Some call it an obsession, I prefer the term passion. Either way, I will play any game, with anybody, at any time.
Battle Babies Kickstarter Preview Battle Babies Kickstarter Preview Reviewed by Eric Schevenius on February 17, 2020 Rating: 5

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