We are so cute in the first moment you see us. However, our furry fur can not deceive for too long, just look at prickly teeth and sharp claws. Mostly, you will see us in dark streets and corners, hiding near some restaurants or shops, where there is a great chance of finding leftovers. We need to make stock for the winter.
The designer pair Lisa J. Eskue and Michael E. Eskue, who together set up the Trash Pandas card game, were prepared exactly by such encounter for this game. Here, Gamewright company took them under their publishing wings and in 2018 provided the final appearance with the help of Kwanchaie Moriya, the author of illustrations.
Players get into their hand a small box with a marsh picture, which is just getting out of the trash bin. And under his supervision, there is a pack of cards hidden (54 pieces in particular), a set of six tokens with icons and one die, that matches their pictures. These components can be simply spread into the center of the table. Players will reduce the number of cards in a pile to 53, because they will find one with a description of the action options, then shuffle the rest. Individual players receive a starting hand of cards. The less cards the player has in his hand, the sooner he will get to action.
At the start of his turn, player rolls a dice and, according to the resulting icon, draws the corresponding token in the middle. Then he can decide, if that action is enough for him or if he wants to roll the dice again and hope to get chance to do another aktivity as well. He can roll until he decides to stop. Or it may happen, that the player is too courageous and rolls a symbol with a token, that he already has. In that case, his entire turn is forfeited and all the collected tokens must be returned back in the middle without use. Instead, at least as a consolation prize, he will get a card from the pickup pack.
However, if the player ends rolling the dice in a timely manner, he will be given the opportunity to take advantage of the action on all the collected tokens. These allow players to get more cards out of the deck, steal some cards from opponent‘s hand, but above all play one card from their hand to his stash. Such a card is played face down, so that others do not know its identity. Individual cards are also marked with spot values, amount of their type in the package, and even some text ability.
As soon as the cards in the draw deck run out, the match will end. Players will now uncover their accumulated inventory and divide them by type (name or image). The owner of the largest number of specimens of given type receives the points printed on the golden cup, second in silver and third the bronze. Players have to write down their points earnings, so they can then compare the total amount to determine, who is the overall winner, owner of the highest number of points.
Trash Pandas is a beautifully simple combination of two popular genres – set collecting or trying . Players have only one cube and six results. This at the same time means, that there is a fairly high probability, that the symbol you already have is likely to be rolled. Sometimes it pays off to risk, sometimes not. Importance of symbols vary according to the current state of the game.
And while the basics are three images, that allow classic activities, there are additional symbols. We have mentioned one – theft from other player’s hand, but then there is a scratch. Thanks to it, the player can take the top card from the drawing deck and show it to everyone. He then add it to his hand, but others can put the card of the same type in their hideout, if they currently hold such card!
Point stacking is clear, but how much you get at the end is not so obvious as it depends on others. But players always have a clear overview of how many cards of the type there is in total in the package, so they can easily deduce their share and chance of high point gain with the progress of the match. In the second part of the game, a lot of emphasis has to be placed on this element and player should collect mainly such sets, from which he has a chance to get a big share. At the same time, he does not need too much of any type (simply more than others), because he would rob himself of shares in other sets.
Even though there are fifty cards in the deck, the whole match is not long-lasting. It can especially be given the speed of individual turns, because rolling the dice does not cause any waiting. Players are able to decide within seconds, whether they want to continue or not. The game requires some fifteen to twenty minutes to complete depending on the number of participants. A higher level of competition results in a lot better experience.
Although the theme of the game is basically garbage, the illustrations look very positively and colorfully. Processing is simply done. This is also true about dice with embossed symbols and an overview card, that makes everything even more intuitive.
Trash Pandas is a simple game, that you can enjoy mainly in families for a relaxing gaming. Children love it not only for the main heroes, but also for the combination of dice and collecting sets. This connection works very well and the result is a really fun and high-quality game.
Trash Pandas is a card game, in which a dice plays a surprisingly big role. Players must correctly try their luck and get more action in one turn. But they should not risk too much, because in that case, they will lose everything. Stored and played cards merge into sets and only their majority can bring victory to the player. You will not enjoy playing it in two as much. Trash Pandas are a very simple ,but fun and fast game.