Quick Look: Ghoullotine.
Designer: Vincent Baker
Artists: Abby Edwards
Publisher: Vindicated Entertainment
Year Published: 2021
Ghoullotine is a fast and ghoulish card game with some themes inspired by the likes of Blackjack.
Each player has a hand of 3 cards that they must use to the best of their ability. During a player’s turn, they will play 1 card from their hand, it’s number is added to the total. Then, if the total is above “13”, then that player is removed from the game. If the total isn’t higher than “13”, then the effect of the card activates. Such effects may be the “Witch’s” ability to swap hands with another player or the “Ghoul’s” ability to skip a player’s next turn.
This game has a surprising amount of tricks and tactics to employ, that’ll keep you addicted to this treat of a game.
This game was very timely to review in October.
You get a hand of cards and take turn playing numbers in a press your luck boom or bust style game. First player to make the total number 13+ dies and is out for the round with last one standing winning. On top of the numbers just going up or down as cards are played, if the total is under 13 then the powers on most of the cards trigger. You can draw cards, switch hands, discard cards, swap with the discard and more. The playtime till someone gets out is usually 5-7 minutes with a large group being able to start. Even if you are eliminated early a large group will likely whittle itself down in 30 minutes.
Great filler game that you can play a few rounds of if you need to fill more time.
Very good take on classic blackjack style card games.
7/10 on its own since it would probably get old after a bit.
9/10 as filler and fully family friendly even with the haunted theme nothin g is too gruesome and my 4 and 6 year old kids loved playing it with us too.
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