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The Lady and the Tiger Review

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The Lady and the Tiger - Jellybean Games - $19.95
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Game title: The Lady and the Tiger

Game description: Inspired by the classic short story “The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton, each game offers a unique experience. Five amazing games, packed into just eighteen unique cards!

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

There are 2 doors. Behind one is a beautiful maiden. Behind the other is a hungry tiger. You don’t know what’s behind which door, but you must choose one. The Lady and the Tiger attempts to bring the tension of the classic story, The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton, to life with a game of set collection and deduction in “Doors.” 4 other games are also included in the box, each by a different designer.

Pros

Breathtaking illustrations

5 games in one

Varying player counts (1-6)

Cons

The rulebook could be more clear

Full The Lady and the Tiger Review

There are 2 doors. Behind one is a beautiful maiden. Behind the other is a hungry tiger. You don’t know what’s behind which door, but you must choose one. The Lady and the Tiger attempts to bring the tension of the classic story, The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton, to life with a game of set collection and deduction in “Doors.” 4 other games are also included in the box, each by a different designer.

Other than the 2-player Doors, The Lady and the Tiger also includes Hoard (1 player), Traps (2-6 players), Labyrinth (2 players), and Favor (2-4 players.) Each of the games only uses 18 cards, with some using a handful of components provided in the box. Each game also revolves around a central mechanic: deduction, bidding, bluffing, collection, etc…

I have to admit I was skeptical upon first opening the box. I’m normally not a fan of multi-game collections. The artwork of The Lady and the Tiger, however, captivated me enough to keep my interest and I’m glad it did. While not every game in the box is a winner, they’re all solid, well thought out, and can stand on their own merits. My favorite two of the set being Doors and Labyrinth. I believe there’s a game in here for just about anyone.

The Lady and the Tiger Review - Example cards
The Lady, or the Tiger?

Of course the most impressive part of The Lady and the Tiger is the full-art cards. There are 18 cards total. 4 Door cards and 14 Clue Cards. The Doors each have a face on them, a red tiger, blue tiger, red lady, and blue lady. The Clue Cards contain: 3 red ladies, 3 blue ladies, 3 red tigers, 3 blue tigers, and two cards special cards. These two cards contain a black & white lady and tiger and a half-red/half-blue card with neither a lady or a tiger.

The artwork on these cards is out of this world. Each red card prominently features a fierce lady or tiger, while the blues feature a peaceful lady or tiger. The cards contain no text or iconography at all, just the image, but contain all the information you need to play any of the games. A Clue Card is either red, blue, or neither, a lady, tiger, or neither. A Door is either red or blue, a lady or a tiger. It’s that simple.

The Lady and the Tiger Review - More Cards
Calm, or fierce?

Like I stated before, each game in the box isn’t for everyone but there’s certainly something for most gamers inside The Lady and the Tiger. The artwork and flexibility are certainly worth the $20 Jellybean charges for the game.

A copy of The Lady and the Tiger was provided free for review by Jellybean Games

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