Heck: A Tiny Card Game Review

Heck: A Tiny Card Game - Jason Anarchy Games - $24.99
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Game title: Heck: A Tiny Card Game

Game description: Heck is a tiny bidding game where you bid tiny wooden snake eggs on tiny cards behind tiny DM screens. Players are SNAKES who win the game by befriending the most CRITTERS. Play strategically to win friends OR bid on HECK CARDS to destroy everyone elses’ strategy and watch the world burn.

Overall
3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Did you know that snakes are some of the friendliest creatures in the world? All they want to do is snuggle up to enjoy the good company of their closest friends. Of course, they need some friends first. That’s what Heck is all about. Making friends. The first player to make 5 new friends or 3 friends who all make the same silly sound, is the winner. Friendship really is magic.

Pros

  • Cute artwork
  • Family-friendly
  • Easy to learn/play

Cons

  • Not for people who don’t like bidding games

Full Heck: A Tiny Card Game Review

Did you know that snakes are some of the friendliest creatures in the world? All they want to do is snuggle up to enjoy the good company of their closest friends. Of course, they need some friends first. That’s what Heck is all about. Making friends. The first player to make 5 new friends or 3 friends who all make the same silly sound, is the winner. Friendship really is magic.

Heck is a small and fast game where each player is bidding their 3 eggs on snakes’ attributes (Hiss, Slighter, Length, and Chomp) in order to impress critters to befriend them. If a player doesn’t think they can win a friend in around they can use their eggs to draw Heck cards which can help or hurt themselves or others. It’s incredibly simple and silly with adorable art by Alex Cohen of Tiny Snek Comics to back it up. With tiny cards, tiny privacy screens, and wooden bits, Heck packs quality production in a teeny box.

The game plays ultra fast, which makes losing sting less than if the game dragged on for 20+ minutes. Sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating to have a snake that isn’t good at making friends with any critter on the table. Thankfully the Heck mechanic gives them something to do which may benefit them in the end. A player may also bid all 3 of their eggs in order to gain a temporary brown egg for the next turn, giving them 4 eggs to work with. Even though the game is light and silly, there are still choices to be made allowing for a bit of strategy.

Heck isn’t for everyone. It’s my no means aimed at the hardcore gamer crowd but it’s certainly a step above many mass-market style games. It’s an excellent filler and great time to play with the family, especially if you’re sounding out all the silly words each critter has on their cards.

A copy of Heck: A Tiny Card Game was provided free for review by Jason Anarchy Games

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