Today we are taking a look at Pretending to Grownup designed by Jason Anarchy and published by Golden Bell Games. This copy was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this review.
So let me run you through the gameplay basics first. Pretending to Grownup is a take that style card game for 2-4 players. You will each receive a hand of five cards. There are three different types of cards with the red bordered cards being optional.
As shown above the blue and red cards have time, money, and energy stats on them. The purple cards allow you to bend the rules in some pretty spectacular ways. The point of the game is to be the first to ten points. This is achieved by winning showdowns with other players. These showdowns take place between atleast two of the players. All players may choose to participate however. The player whose turn it is will start by declaring I have the most time, energy, or money and playing a card facedown the player to their right can then choose to respond and so on around the table. The responding player or players will then decide whether they would like to play a card a declare they have more. If a player responds and wins the hand they score a point for each card on the pile if they don’t or if nobody accepts the challenge the original player scores a point for each card. Your turn consists of one action either you play your card or accept more responsibility (draw two cards). Most of the purple cards state when they can be played, though some of them can be played when you would normally play a card. The other action you may choose to do on your turn is take the unipegasaurus from the middle of the table (shown below).
Having control of this piece gives you an extra point when winning a challenge. He can of course be stolen and if he is requested too often he will return to the middle of the table. Thats it for the gameplay folks but thats all there needed to be. The game is classic fun. It doesn’t break new ground but thats ok in a game like this.
The part of this game that does really stand out was the art and theme. I mean look at those adorable cards. The sense of humor is also present in spades. It’s this art and theme that raises this game above being forgettable fun and in to being something we will play again and again. I give this a 7/10 for fun gameplay and excellent art and theme.