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All of my reviews aim to offer a brief overview that allows people to get a good feel for what the game may offer them. I feel that other reviews can be sought if detailed game mechanics is what you are after.

Wheedle is one of those quick games that anyone can learn and play in under 20 minutes. The games theme revolves around stock trading and the players take the role of the traders. Doesn’t sound like an inspiring game? Well think again! This is a great little idea and after a few plays you will find yourself asking why it wasn’t thought of earlier.

The deck contains 61 cards, all of which represent the stocks of different companies. In all there are 9 different companies represented by the stocks and each of these stocks exist in certain numbers (either 5, 7 or 9). Each of the company names are rather quirky such as Fats Foods, Perpetual Plastics, Crusoe Cruises and Airy Dairies to name a few.

From these names and the card design it is obvious that the designer wanted to get across the simple and quirky feel of the game. This is a good thing as it serves to highlight its lighthearted nature. Wheedle is played in rounds and there are as many rounds as there are players. Each round sees a new player act as the dealer and all the cards are dealt to the players with one card remaining face down on the table.

The aim of the game is to acquire a hand of stocks, with all of them scoring points before the round is concluded. The round can end at any point with a player calling out Stop! The game revolves entirely around the player interaction required to trade stocks and this is a haphazard and humorous affair. Players simply talk, yell and shout at\to each other, naming the stocks they desire and the stocks they wish to offload. As soon as two players find an agreeable deal they swap cards and play goes on.

This all happens simultaneously however and this results in players having to verbally compete for each other’s attention. Furrowed brows dominate as players desperately try to listen to all other players and frantically seize\offload stocks. A fun rule also states that players must name their stocks when seeking trades. It can be highly humourous to watch people struggle to pronounce the company names as there lips fail to catch up to their brains.

As well as trading with each other, players can trade a card from their hand for the card on the table. This is important but we’ll come back to it later. When the round ends all players lay their hands down and the scoring is calculated. Holding a monopoly or majority of a stock will earn points as will ending the round provided all of your cards earn points.

But if you end the round and some cards do not earn points you will be penalised. Finally, the card left on the table at the end of the round is called the Bankruptcy card. Any player who holds a matching stock will lose 1 point per card of that type.

This is the game in a nutshell, the dealer becomes the next clockwise player and the game continues until all players have dealt once and the highest point scorer wins at the conclusion of the last round.

The Final Word

Wheedle delivers a simple and entertaining game for all ages and gaming backgrounds. The player interaction works and is hilarious whilst the cards themselves are simple but functional. Wheedle can appeal to less frequent gamers as a good, short game and also to the experienced gamer as a fun and novel filler title in between longer gaming sessions. Thumbs up on this one and well priced - look for the red box!
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Re: Wheedle - A Light Review
Neil Thomson wrote:
This is a great little idea and after a few plays you will find yourself asking why it wasn’t thought of earlier.
It was. Wheedle is very similar to Pit, from 1903!

Nice review though.
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Re: Wheedle - A Light Review
wmshub wrote:
Neil Thomson wrote:
This is a great little idea and after a few plays you will find yourself asking why it wasn’t thought of earlier.
It was. Wheedle is very similar to Pit, from 1903!

Nice review though.


Ah Pit - heard its name many a time but never any details and never played it myself.

That would explain the positive vibe it always gets.

Cheers.
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