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Quick Look: Scavenge
Designer: Dan Chou
Artist: Henry Hammond
Publisher: CHOU! Games
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 10-20 min.
From the publisher:
Their trash. Your treasure.
Sprout paws and scavenge through the neighborhood's glorious garbage! Snag your own scratcher, fine salad, or colossal cheeseburger. But don't get carried away. You might cause a commotion and go scurrying!
Packed with family fun, Scavenge is the all-ages travel game where it's fun to press your luck!
Play Scavenge in between big games to refresh for 15 minutes. Bring Scavenge with you the restaurant to keep you and your friends entertained just long enough for your food to arrive. Take Scavenge with you on that road trip because it's only cards; no counters, pieces, or dice to get lost.
It's every player against the game. There are no player vs player attack mechanics. Feel the joy when someone finds something great and the angst when you had it all but you pushed your luck one card too far!
WARNING: This is a preview of Scavenge. All components and rules are prototype and subject to change. Scavenge is expected to launch on Kickstarter in July 2018.
Overview and Theme:
Scavenge is a light-hearted family card game where the players act as raccoons, pawing through the garbage cans on the porch, driveway, and backyard in hopes of finding both treats and treasures. The press-your-luck gameplay is simple and quick, and the sticker-like cartoon art is goofy and funny. Our family didn't have a game about rooting through the trash (although we know of one game where you're trying to put garbage in the cans) so this was something new to hit our table.
Components and Setup:
My prototype copy of Scavenge was printed by The Game Crafter and contains 69 game cards and 3 double-sided rule cards in a single tuck box. The quality of the cards is fine, but will probably be from a different printer after the Kickstarter.
My family enjoyed the silly, sweet artwork of sticker-style raccoons pawing through the trash, finding surprises, being scared, overindulgent, or sly.
Setup for Scavenge is simple: put the game cards on the table, sorted into three piles by type—Porch, Driveway, and Backyard. Leave room for discard piles, a Potential Garbage area, and each player's Stash. You're ready to play!
Game Play and Mechanics:
Scavenge is an easy-to-learn game of drawing cards and pushing your luck. On your turn, pick one of the three areas (Porch, Driveway, or Backyard) to search. Start drawing from that can and place cards face up into the Potential Garbage Area on the table so everyone can see what you have drawn. Follow instructions on each card as you flip it over, and unless a card tells you to end your turn, you have the choice of stopping (and keeping the point cards you have revealed) or flipping over another card (and possibly losing everything you've found).
If you keep cards on a turn, they go into your hand. On later turns, you'll need to choose between Scavenging a can or Stashing what you have found. Only cards that you take the time to Stash will count for points at the end of the game.
Scavenge ends when there are no more cards to draw or when all three high-point Cheeseburger cards have been found and Stashed. When the game is over, add up the points in your Stash and the highest points win!
The rules for Scavenge fit easily on both sides of three playing cards, making it quick and easy to learn and teach. Gameplay is quick, light-hearted fun; it's a good game to take to a restaurant or doctor's office to fill the time. It's a little addictive—we often played three or four or five games in a row because point totals were close and the losing sibling just knew that with one more game, they'd come out ahead!
There's not much to dislike about the game of Scavenge as long as you're looking for a simple family-style card game and you enjoy the humorous theme and art. Those things made it a hit at our house but might make it a harder sell for your gaming group.
Players Who Like:
Players who enjoy simple push-your-luck games like Pass the Pigs, King of Tokyo, Can't Stop, or Flip City would enjoy Scavenge.
Playful raccoons wearing hats and eating cheeseburgers, encouraging you to dig deeper through the trash in hopes of finding a wonderful treasure before the spotlight catches you out...Scavenge is a casual, quick, friendly card game for the raccoon-lover in all of us!
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