TABLE GAME REVIEW: Gubs Card Game

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This week at GS Table Games, we look at the GUBS Card Game, where anything can happen at any time!

 

With Christmas just around the corner, you should really look at this game – it would make an excellent Christmas day post-lunch event. GUBS card game is a great little game, arguably the flagship product from makers Gamewright. Here’s the marketing blurb:

 

A secretive bunch, Gubs hide from danger within hollow tree stumps and forest underbrush. They are a peaceful folk. They spend their days building up cities of mushroom homes and traveling about upon Velvet Moths or Toads in search of valuable Lure treasures. But their world is full of hazards, each more deadly than the last, and only cleverness and luck can see them through. This is the ongoing struggle of the Gubs.

 

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The GUBS card game is a game of wit and luck. With a single GUBS deck, up to 6 players of ages 10 and up can enjoy a fast-paced, hilarious game filled with all sorts of creative card combos. To win, you must be the player with the most Gubs when the game ends. Easy to learn and to play, GUBS is an amazingly replayable game with new strategies just waiting to be discovered!

GUBS is actually very simple to understand, but you do have to develop a winning strategy; in very simplistic terms, the objective is to have the greatest number of Gub cards on your side in play by the end of the game. “In play” means on the table, open to be attacked by other players – in your hand doesn’t count. Once Gub cards are displayed on the table, they can be lured, trapped, protected or attacked using a number of different action cards; equally well, those barricades, lures, traps & attacks can be thwarted by various spell cards. And just to make things really interesting, there are event cards which completely change the course of the game.

GUBS is a lot of fun. As you are limited to holding only 8 cards in your hand, you pretty much have no choice but to place your Gubs into play as you accumulate them. Then it becomes counter & attack whilst you weigh attacking early and risking losing your Gubs, vs. attacking later and risking the game finishing first. Game-play time is around 25-40 minutes, and the game never gets easier or boring, however much you learn the power of the cards.

The game has also been very successful in winning a few awards, which only strengthens its unique strategy and also its inclusiveness for the whole family. Awards won are Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Parents’ Choice Recommended, Tillywig Sterling Fun Award and Play Advances Language (PAL) Award.

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Fortunately, if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, there is a fully featured, free-of-charge, single-player version of the game on iTunes which we will review at a later stage.
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In the box you get:
Rules of play and 70 cards

Time: 20 – 45 minutes
Players: 2 to 6
Ages 10+

 

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: SilverFox

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