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Gaming Bits: Parable Parade Review

Jonathan Nelson
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Board Game: Parable Parade

Parable Parade is a game by Bible Games Central. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players will be drawing cards and trying to make sets of 4 cards from the same Parable. Of course they'll have to watch out as their opponents may try to take a card away from them. They'll also have to watch out for the dreaded Oopsie! card which means their turn is over. In the end, the player that can make 2 full sets of Parable cards first will be declared the winner.

To begin the 12 Parable Summary cards are set aside. The rest of the cards are then shuffled together and placed in a stack in the middle of the play area to form the draw pile. The first player is chosen and play now begins.

The game is played in a series of turns with each player taking a turn. On a player's turn they must start off by taking at least 1 card from the draw pile. If the card drawn is a Parable or Kingdom card, then it is placed in front of them face up. Parable cards are arranged by their particular sets while Kingdom cards are simply placed in a separate pile. It should be noted that a player may have any number of Parable sets in front of themself. Once the drawn card has been placed, the player may choose to take another card from the stack, adding it to the appropriate pile, or they may pass. One thing should be noted though, if the player draws an Oopsie! card instead of a Parable or Kingdom card, then their turn is over. The player must also discard 3 Kingdom cards from their pile. If the player doesn't have enough Kingdom cards, then they must discard Parable cards to make up any difference. The discarded cards are all placed in a common discard pile in the middle of the play area. The player may continue drawing cards and placing them as long as no Oopsie! cards are drawn. Once the player decides to stop drawing cards, play will then pass to the next player in turn order.

A few things should be noted about Kingdom cards. Besides being discarded when an Oopsie! card is drawn, they may also be used to take another player's Parable card. This is done by discarding 3 Kingdom cards of different colors on the player's turn. Once discarded the player may take 1 Parable card from another player's pile and place it face up in front of themself, combining it with any other cards of that particular set. One thing should be noted, Parable cards from completed sets may not be taken. Another thing to note is that once a player uses their Kingdom cards in this way, their turn is over and they may not take any more cards from the draw pile.

The game continues until a player completes 2 sets of Parable cards. It's recommended that for games of 2-4 players, 3 sets should be completed instead of just 2. A completed set of Parable cards consists of 4 cards of the same Parable. The first player to complete their sets is the winner.

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This game consists of over 100 cards. There are 4 types of cards included in the game; Parable cards, Kingdom cards, Oopsie! cards and Parable Summary cards. The cards are very bright and colorful. The artwork on them is rather simplistic and kind of cartoon like, however I think that this will appeal to kids especially younger ones. I would like to point out that the cards are a bit smaller than normal playing cards. It felt odd having them in my hand. It wasn't until I compared them to a regular sized card that I noticed the difference. One more thing to point out is that they are a bit thinner as well. Thankfully the finish is nice enough that they aren't difficult to shuffle. I'll be honest, I thought they might stick together or be a problem but I was relieved when they worked fine. The Parable cards, besides having the artwork of the parable on it, also has has the name of the parable inside a colored box along the left side of the card and a number in the bottom right corner. The number is where the card fits in the sequence of the story. I will say that I wish the colored box was a little bigger but I'm glad that each one has a different color to help differentiate between the parables. I also like that the cards are numbered for lining up the cards for a particular parable in order. The Kingdom cards have a brightly colored background in one of three colors; pink, green and blue. In the middle of these cards is a king's crown. The Oopsie! cards have a person with a look that says, "Uh oh, you pushed your luck too far." Overall I think the cards are nice enough and do the job of conveying the parables fairly simply. My biggest wish for the whole thing though is that the game had come in a bigger box with an insert to keep the cards separate. Instead the box for the game is a tuck box that barely fits the cards in two stacks inside it. It's rather annoying trying to get the rules back into the box once the cards are in and it's harder to put the cards in after the rulebook. This all could have been avoided with a better and larger box, like the one that came with the Bible Bingo game from the same company. It just could have been a little smaller. Apart from that though, I don't really have anything else to gripe about. Overall this is a fairly nice looking game that should appeal to parents and kids.
7 out of 10

The rulebook for this game is a simple piece of double sided cardboard that is folded in half. The rules are in full color and only take a minute or two to read through. For the smallness of the rulebook, it's surprising to see as many pictures on it as there are. There are even a couple of examples too. Each of the different card types is explained, as is the basics of gameplay. I didn't see anything here that should be difficult to understand at all. The only thing that I would have liked to have seen was a way of playing the game solo, like playing a game of solitaire or something. I think this is a game that could easily be played that way and solo rules would have been a nice addition. As it is the rules do a fine job of explaining everything so I'm not going to complain. Overall I'm pleased.
8 out of 10

This is a very simple game that can be played fairly quickly. Basically you will draw cards from the deck until either you stop or you draw an Oopsie card, or you decide to cash in a few Kingdom cards. You will keep pushing your luck until you get enough cards to complete 2 or 3 sets of Parables or you mess up. Thankfully you don't lose any cards that you've already drawn. The only time that happens is if an opponent chooses to cash in their Kingdom cards to steal a card from you. Apart from that, there's not a lot of interaction between players. It is simply you against the deck and that relies heavily on luck. After playing this a couple of times, I really started getting a feeling of deja vu. I think that's because the game has a lot of similarities to one I reviewed several years ago called Women of Science. Like this one, that game was about making 3 sets of cards consisting of 4 cards of the same color. It had a card that allowed you to take a card from the discard pile and one that let you take 2 cards from an opponent's already placed set of cards thereby destroying their set. The way the Kingdom cards work is similar but not exactly the same. For instance, once you have a complete set, the cards in the set are safe. Another player can not use their Kingdom cards to take a card from it. One more difference is that in this game the players can keep drawing cards from the deck as opposed to only being able to take one card from either the deck or the top of the discard pile. For me both games scratch the same itch. They both have the same feel to them, except this one is centered on parables from the Bible as opposed to matching colors. This game is family friendly and can even help parents to teach their kids some of the different parables from the Bible. I like that there are summary cards included to help do just that. I think fans of Women of Science will like this game, especially if they found the other game a little too mean with the Prestige cards. I think parents that are looking for a light and fun card game to play with their kids would enjoy this one too. This is one that I'd recommend. It's a nice game that teaches good lessons.
8 out of 10

Parable Parade is a very light weight card game about 12 of the Parables told by Jesus in the Bible. The game is rather fast. Most play sessions last around 15 minutes or so. The rulebook is small and can be read in a couple of minutes. The game itself is quite simple and easy to play. The main idea is to simply collect 2 or 3 sets of 4 cards from the same group. The push your luck and set collection mechanics are very prevalent here. The game is family friendly and can also be used to help children understand the Parables through the use of the summary cards. This is one that could easily be used in a children's Sunday School class or even in home schooling with a Bible curriculum. Fans of card games like Women of Science should enjoy this one and find some striking similarities between the two games. This is one that I'd recommend. It's definitely one worth checking out.
8 out of 10

For more information about this and other great games, please check out Bible Games Central at their site.
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