My Little Scythe Review - Stonemaier Games - $50
Game title: My Little Scythe
Game description: My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme. In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions using upgrade tiles, complete quests, learn magic spells, discover precious resources through an innovative dice mechanism, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.
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When one of the hottest board games gets a more child-friendly fan remake using a popular kids’ show for a theme, something wonderful has the possibility of being born. Enter My Little Scythe. Originally a print-and-play “demake” of Scythe by father-daughter team Hoby and Vienna Chou with a My Little Pony theme, the game was officially picked up by Scythe publisher, Stonemaier games.
Can be played solo
Not as accessible as other family games
When one of the hottest board games gets a more child-friendly fan remake using a popular kids’ show for a theme, something wonderful has the possibility of being born. Enter My Little Scythe. Originally a print-and-play My Little Pony themed “demake” of Scythe by father-daughter team Hoby and Vienna Chou, the game was officially picked up by Scythe publisher, Stonemaier games. Though Stonemaier couldn’t get the license to the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic property, the game still captures the feel of the original Chou design with a wonderfully friendly retheme.
A retheme of a retheme of a retheme. SO COOL.
My Little Scythe has players competing to earn 4 of 8 different trophies by Moving, Seeking out apples, gems, and quests, and Making upgrades. Sometimes a pie fight breaks out, but in the end, friendship is what it’s all about. Similar to Scythe, players choose an action on their player board each turn, either Move, Seek, or Make. The action taken cannot be the same as the one chosen on their last turn.
Moving allows both of the player’s characters to either move 2 spaces or move 1 space while carrying apples or gems. Seeking generates apples, gems, and quests on the board via dice rolls, and Making allows a player to trade in items for other items or upgrade their Move or Make action. A pie fight breaks out when two players occupy the same space and is resolved using Pies from each players’ Pie Track and Magic Cards from players’ hands. Friendship is earned by generating resources in spaces where other players’ characters reside.
The above is a very general and vague explanation of how the game is played. Players can earn trophies by delivering gems and apples to the castle at the center of the board, winning a pie fight, earning a specific amount of Friendship, having a certain amount of Magic in their hand, completing a specific amount of quests, upgrading their Make and Move actions, and earning a specific number of Pies. The first to get 4 trophies triggers the end-game where each of the other players may take one more action. The person with the most trophies wins. In case of a tie the player with the most Friendship wins.
One of the things I really love about My Little Scythe is now “complete” it feels. The game comes with everything needed to play with 1-6 players described with great clarity and care, along with a painting guide for the amazing miniatures provided with the game and Game Trayz custom insert to store everything neat and organized. It’s quite an experience just to open the box for the first time.
Of course, the game is just as exciting as it looks. Those familiar with Scythe will feel right at home here, while those who aren’t will have no trouble learning how to play with the game’s simple mechanics and excellently written rules. My only fear is that while the game is certainly accessible and, by design, family-friendly, it may not be enough for those families more familiar with mass-market family games. Then again, this game isn’t marketed to that audience.
My Little Scythe isn’t only a great game for any family to have in their collection, it’s pretty much a “must-have” for families looking for a bit more on family game night. It’ packs a lot of punch with a simple set of rules and brings it all home with its amazing production value and theme.
My Little Scythe was provided free for review by Stonemaier Games
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