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Rock Paper Monsters Review

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Game title: Rock Paper Monsters

Game description: Rock Paper Monsters is a turn-based card game that follows the core mechanics of Rock Paper Scissors, with an added element of scoring points based off of the card value. Every card has a cartoon-illustrated monster, with some having trigger abilities that occur at various points in the game.

Overall
2.8
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Graphic Design/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Rock Paper Scissors meets monsters in Rock Paper Monsters, a family game about positioning and clever card play designed by Timothy Balogh. The goal of the game is to earn 10 Monster Bites over the course of several rounds. A Monster Bite (and possibly 2 or more) is earned by having the highest score at the end of the round. This is done by playing Claw, Paper, Rock, and Bonus cards, knocking out your opponent’s cards and trying to keep your highest value cards on the table.

Pros

Simple to play

Monsters may appeal to children

Bonus cards add a nice flavor to the game

Cons

Mediocre art/graphic design

Too long

Priced too high

 

Rock Paper Scissors meets monsters in Rock Paper Monsters, a family game about positioning and clever card play designed by Timothy Balogh. The goal of the game is to earn 10 Monster Bites over the course of several rounds. A Monster Bite (and possibly 2 or more) is earned by having the highest score at the end of the round. This is done by playing Claw, Paper, Rock, and Bonus cards, knocking out your opponent’s cards and trying to keep your highest value cards on the table.

Rock Paper Monsters takes a very simple concept and give it a little boost by adding values to the cards, bonuses to play, and an interesting positioning mechanic. While the game’s opening (each player randomly placing 3 cards from the deck on the table and resolving the conflicts to star their lines) is a bit too random for my taste, the rest of the game can require a bit of thought. Players not only need to remove their opponent’s cards by using the Rock Paper Scissor mechanic, but also make sure they’re protecting their highest value cards by placing ties (Claw/Claw, Paper/Paper, Rock/Rock) down, or by extending their line far enough so they have a buffer against the other player’s card plays. Bonus cards can also add a bit of protection, offer more play options, give an attack advantage, or even help score Monster Bites at the end of a round.

It’s a fun little game where a round can last as little as 5 minutes. Unfortunately, the 10 Monster Bite rule means that even at a minimum of 5 minutes per round a game can theoretically last for 50 minutes or more.  There are ways to earn more Monster Bites per round like beating the other player by 5 points or more or by using Bonus cards, but playing a 10 Bite game still feels a bit too long. That’s easily remedied by lowering the Monster Bite limit to win or just playing a set number of Rounds, but I feel that’s something that should have been noticed and handled way before through playtesting.

Rock Paper Monsters can be purchased through The Game Crafter for $21.99, and recently was funded through Kickstarter, though the game’s price was still $20. That’s a bit pricey for what you’re getting. At $15 I’d say this is one to at least give a shot. At $20? Try to play this somewhere before you commit to a purchase if you can.

Rock Paper Monsters was provided free for review by Timothy Balogh

 

Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.

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