How about enlisting an army of unicorns and wreaking havoc on your opponents’ stables? This is the funny and crazy proposition of Unstable Unicorns, our board game of the week.
After all, a unicorn is a horse almost like any other. So why not breed some in your stable? Obviously, your vile opponents will not let you do it, and so all shots are allowed to try to win!
Each player starts the game with only one unicorn in their stable, a baby unicorn totally choupi but without any particular power, and five other cards in hand.
A game turn is very simple since it consists of drawing one more card from the deck, then performing one of the five possible actions.
You can play a unicorn with your hand to add it to your stable. There are classic unicorns, which do nothing but increase your herd, but above all there are magical unicorns, endowed with a special power. Some powers are activated when you play them (draw one more card, look for a particular card in the pile, steal a card from another player, etc.), when others are permanent (the unicorn cannot not be destroyed, it counts as two, etc.).
You can also play a magic, attack or upgrade card. Magic cards all have a different effect, and often quite powerful (steal cards, draw, destroy opponent cards, etc.), then go to the discard pile. Unlike attack and improvement cards that are added to a team, opponent or ours respectively. Upgrades grant a positive effect to our team, while attacks inflict a negative effect on the targeted player. These cards remain in play until they are destroyed by another effect.
Finally, there are cards Huuue which cancel a card played by an opponent, causing him to lose his turn. Of course we can play a card Huuue to cancel another, and so on. Unless it is a card Super Huuue, which it cannot be undone!
The game ends immediately as soon as a player accumulates six or seven unicorns in their stable, depending on the number of participants.
Why play Unstable Unicorns?
The back of the box reads “A strategic card game” … nonsense: Unstable Unicorns is anything but strategic. We are more in the same vein asExploding Kittens, with unicorns instead of cats.
A crazy card game, fast, and without fuss. At least with regard to the rules, because between the players, betrayals and cheap shots are on the program. You better not be touchy to play Unstable Unicorns, especially if you are in the lead and all the opponents are beating down on you to ruin your life.
A simple, funny, and a little silly game
The cards are numerous, more than a hundred, and rarely in several copies. We are therefore regularly discovering new effects, often causing nice twists and turns.
If you liked Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns is clearly for you. A simple, funny, and a little silly game, with illustrations in the air of a crazy My Little Pony. If you are looking for a strategy game, skip your turn. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fun little game to play with friends this summer, this is the ideal candidate.
- Unstable Unicorns is a game by Ramy Badie
- Illustrated by Ramy Badie
- Published by TeeTurtle
- For 2 to 8 players from 8 years old
- For games of around 30 to 60 minutes
- Priced at € 19.90 at Philibert
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