Sopio Card Game Review

Here is a lovely little post/review from my fab brother-in-law Rob Newhouse.

We often play board games or card games at the weekend when we all get together and today’s review is all about the card game Sopio. Enjoy!

sopio

So, Sopio.

From English YouTubers Alex Day and Danny Hooper comes the new hit card game, Sopio. These entrepreneurial cousins set out to create a game that anyone can pick up and play (using one deck like Uno), and have loads of fun without the hassle of learning a hundred rules, or learning to recognise all the game’s abstract glyphs and illusive triggers.

The cards themselves range from clever puns (Intellectual Property, Silly Cone Valley, Gravitational Paul) to the downright absurd (Befriending a Garden Gnome, Sadistic Strawberry, Time Travelling Tortoise), and all are illustrated beautifully by Danny in a marker-pen stick-figure style. Some groups of cards tell stories, or reference each other like Front of a Teleporting Man and Back of a Teleporting Man.

All the rules of Sopio fit on a single card:

THE RULES

When your turn starts, draw from the deck until you have five cards in your hand.

 Play one card every turn (unless the card says otherwise). Cards can be played on yourself or an opponent. Whoever gets the card gets the points/effects.

Points cards played on you go in your points pile; effects cards (cards without points) go to a discard pile (unless the card says otherwise)

The first player with 1000 points in their pile wins (or whoever has most when the deck is empty and all players have played all their remaining cards)

That’s it. Anything that is not included or unclear in the rules basically isn’t important. Anyone can go first and play can go in any

direction, all the rules for playing cards on other players’ turns are written on the card itself, making it a self-explanatory game.

INFAMY, INFAMY, THEY’VE ALL GOT IT IN FOR ME

Sounds really easy, just play positive cards on yourself to get to 1000 points, right?

Not so fast! Other players will be trying their damnedest to prevent that from happening, with cards like Frankeinstein (-250) or When Carnival Rides Attack (-300). There are also plenty of cards that mess with players’ hands and points piles.

Try pulling combos, like playing Blindclops on yourself (no cards can be played on you until the end of your next turn), followed by Toxic Barrels on your opponent (play two negative points cards this turn), forcing negative points onto one of your opponents. Boom.

If you play with three players, the game can become super competitive, strategic and hilarious. The luck of the draw means that from the very first turn you are teetering on the edge of victory and ruin. It’s down to short term tactics and responsive play to make sure you keep your lead and take the win. Although it’s a light-hearted game, as you learn the cards in each deck it can reach a heart pounding intensity that doesn’t come with any other family friendly card game.

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BUT I CAN’T DO MATH!

Don’t worry, Alex and Danny have produced an awesome mobile app that allows you to keep track of the scores, with your own names (or the silly ones you give to each other), and the app accounts for points swapping too. Almost no maths is required in just playing the game, and the numbers are all easy multiples of 50. So, it’s educational and easy for children! Brushing up on your sums can really help in a tense drawn out game where you want to focus more on manipulation than points.

HOW DO I BECOME COOL?

You can pick up Sopio in stores, or head over to the website to have a look at the selection of decks; you get a fully playable deck for just £8. And, don’t forget to pick up a wrist band

Author: Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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