Saturday, October 3, 2009

Game Day: Killer Bunnies REMIX

Starting today, we're happy to kick off our Game Day series of game reviews. While football season may be in full swing, I'd rather spend time playing board games or card games. Today I'd like to tell you about a new game--Killer Bunnies REMIX (The Quest for the Magic Carrot)--from Playroom Entertainment.

The Basics (from the box)

  • 2 to 8 players
  • Ages 13 and up
  • Game time: about 45 minutes

    How the Game Works (from the Game Instructions):

    The basic strategy of the game is to keep as many bunnies alive as possible while eliminating your opponents' bunnies. Of course all the other players are trying to do the same thing, which can get dreadfully vengeful, horribly nasty, hilariously messy, and just plain fun! While folks are trying to eliminate each other's bunnies, each player is also trying to collect as many Carrots as possible. At the end of the game, one of the Carrots is revealed to be the Magic (or winning) Carrot and each game, the Magic Carrot will be different. Logically, the more Carrots that a player collects, the better his chances will be of winning the game. Collecting as many Carrots as possible is another basic strategy of the game.

    Observations: Killer Bunnies REMIX includes a mix of favorite cards from the top-selling Killer Bunnies Quest Series ... sort of a "greatest hits" compilation. I haven't played any of the earlier versions, so this game was entirely new to me.

    The game comes with four decks of cards and eight dodecahedral (12-sided) dice. Before I had a chance to be overwhelmed by the perceived complexity, though, I noticed the "Read Me First" booklet. It opens with a step-by-step guide on how to unpack the game, separate the cards, and set up the game. This guide makes it easy to get started quickly, and we hopped right into our first game.

    Once you learn the basics, the game offers many opportunities for expansion by adding in the additional cards that are included.

    Review: We like Killer Bunnies REMIX!

    • I appreciate the flexibility of the game. Not only can it be played by two players or more, but the instructions also explain how players can join a game late or leave early.
    • I like that the basic game can be learned quickly, but challenges can be added as you like. (There's even a section of Serious Rules for Serious Players.) I think this aspect will keep the game interesting for a long time. We have many games that collect dust because they get boring; I don't see this happening with Killer Bunnies REMIX.
    • My son "Mooseman," a key member of the Game Day play-testing team, loves strategy games. He finds Killer Bunnies REMIX very fun and wants to play it over and over!

    Purchase Killer Bunnies REMIX at Target Stores, Barnes & Noble, or through Amazon.com.


    Disclosure: I received this game, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

    "Game Day" background image is used courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net.

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