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Mikko Saari
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Höhlen Grölen is a rummy game, where players try to form bands and be the best producers. The game is set in stone age and the cards depict various stone age musicians (who are, for some reason, very much like our modern-day musicians...) in four different genres (pop, folk, metal, rap). Bands are composed of three to five musicians of the same genre. Players can also create crossover bands, which must be boy groups or girl groups. These have special rules.

The game is very basic rummy. Draw two cards, discard a card. Melding bands breaks the monotony every now and then. For their main bands (not crossover) players must each time beat their previous band. Players have three bonus cards to help them: two doubles (dancing and singing teacher - you can't use them both on a same band because back then, as it is even today, bands can either sing or dance - not both!) and one +3 (stylist, can be combined with the doubles). These can be used once in a game each to boost a band. If someone else has already played a band in the same genre, the new band suffers a -2 cut.

When the deck is exhausted, players score their bands. The best crossover bands scores now five points. All the bands are discarded and new round begins. Deck is gone through as many times as there are players. It's a pretty quick game and you usually have time to create just two bands each round.

It was actually quite fun. Well, part of it is because I won, of course, but still. I like rummy and Höhlen Grölen is a pretty basic rummy game. The theme is silly but fun. Some of the musicians are either German stars or just general stereotypes, but some are hilariously recognisable (my favourite is metal dude Nick L. Beck). If you're into pop music, you'll probably find the theme funny.

It's a simple game, but I thought it was entertaining. And unlike KKKK's other game Wo ist Jack the Ripper?, it's non-gamer accessible too. If you're looking for a funny little card game to play with your friends, Höhlen Grölen is worth checking out if it suits your sense of humour.
 
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