Every day this week I have been telling you all about an awesome new game you may never have played or even heard of before! So far I’ve told you all about Arokah and Rory’s Story Cubes and now it’s time for the epic Dobble!
Dobble is a simple pattern recognition game. Players have to spot a matching symbol from the card deck to their own card. They have to do so before their opponents spot their own matching symbols and take the card. Once the card deck is all gone, count who got the most cards to see who won!
A simple game that the whole family, young and old can enjoy. As soon as you start playing, you will be hooked. The first time we played Dobble, we were playing for a very long time and the kids kept interested for ages too. Perfect half term, rainy day fun.
How to play
It takes seconds to set up Dobble ready for play. Simply open the tin, shuffle the cards, hand each player one card and place the remaining cards in a pile in the middle of all players. That’s it!
Players try to spot a matching symbol between their card and the top card in the middle. They quickly shout what the matching symbol is and take the top card from the pile. If you win that card, simply use it to find a match from next. Simple. So very, very simple.
There are actually 3 ways to play Dobble and Dobble Kids. All 3 games are explained in the instruction sheet that comes with each version of Dobble. I can promise you that all 3 games are just as easy and as addictive to play too! We could sit playing Dobble for hours, keeping boredom at bay.
I actually used the cards as a game of ‘eye-spy’ with my 2 year old. She had the pile of cards in front of her, and I asked her to find “The fire, the cobweb, the turtle” etc. A great mini-game suitable for small children!
What’s in the box (well, tin actually)?
There are 55 cards in the game. Each card has 8 symbols, but there are lots and lots of symbols throughout the game, so not every card has the same symbols. The game is rather clever that there’s just 1 matching symbol between each and every card in the game. Are you with me so far? Try not to think about it too much… I tried and I just couldn’t get my head around it. Simply just play the game. It takes a second to learn, but forever to explain!
Dobble Kids is the same game as Dobble, but less cards and fewer symbols on each card. There are just 30 cards in the kids version of Dobble. All of the illustraions are animals, so super easy for the kids to remember. Watch this video of us playing Dobble Kids to get the idea…
Seems easy, but as soon as you realise that the symbols are all different sizes and in different positions, your brain suddenly finds it really hard! Dobble recommends players aged 6+ which I think is about right. I think children any younger would struggle with so many symbols on each card. Luckily Dobble Kids is suitable for children aged 4+ but my nearly 3 year old really understood the game and (despite being slow) totally got the aim of the game.
Also in the tins are a simple to follow instruction booklet, with game ideas. The instructions are easy enough to follow, but (I’ll be honest) watching someone else play Dobble is a way better way to learn. Check out some awesome YouTube videos to see how other people choose to play.
Game Contains: Game tin, 55 cards, Instructions
Game contains: Game tin, 30 cards, Instructions
I think this game looks wonderful. The metal tin keeps cards safe. It’s also a handy little size, perfect for throwing into a handbag or suitcase when travelling. This game would be a great time-passer on long train journeys!
The circular cards are a nice size and are easy to see and handle. The cards are made from a thin card, which works well for the original version of Dobble, but I would have liked to have seen the kids version made from a laminated card or a thin plastic. Kids get very boisterous when playing and when they all go to snatch the same card at once, I worry that the cards could easily be damaged. That really would be my only negative comment for this whole game. Everything else is absolutely spot on!
Where to buy
Dobble and Dobble Kids is available to buy in lost of high street stores and online. Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Smyths and Tesco are all recommended stockists. The RRP for Dobble and Dobble Kids is £12.99, but do shop around to find the best price!
**Dobble and Dobble Kids was gifted to us from Asmodee Games in exchange for this review. All opinions mentioned in this review are my own.**
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