Title: Tiger Stripes: A Card Game
Designed By: Isabel duBarry
Art By: Felicia Cano
Published By: Flying Meeple
Player Count: 2-4
Time to Play: 15 Minutes
Tiger Stripes: A Card Game (henceforth referred to as Tiger Stripes) is a cute, light-weight, small box game about trying to earn your stripes as a tiger. In Tiger Stripes, players work to collect sets of animal cards in order to earn stripe tokens. The harder the set is to collect the more stripes it is worth. The first player to seven stripes wins.
What's purr-ty cool:
Complexity: Tiger Stripes is a great game for gamers looking to play with kids. It is a family-friendly introduction to the popular board game mechanics of set collection and drafting. With simple sets of 3-of-a-kind or 2-of-a-kind plus a wild, it is easy to understand which cards you are trying to add to your hand. In Tiger Stripes there is no hand limit meaning that players do not need to worry about prioritizing which cards they may need to get rid of in order to hold onto cards they really want. Regarding drafting, the draft pool is a small, manageable five cards that make up the jungle. There are only five different types of cards in the game, which again makes it easier to manage new mechanics like drafting. All cards are language independent and use sticks or gems to differentiate their cost and worth.
Art: The art for Tiger Stripes is really cute. Who doesn't love a baby tiger? The baby tiger on the box actually reminds me of Pudgy Cat when she gets all excited and ready to pounce. My favorite thing about the art is that for the player cards, where you store your collected stripes, the tigers are stripe-less since they haven't earned them yet. When someone wins the game they can flip their card over and see their tiger with their stripes. It is a sweet touch.
Quick Gameplay: One last nice thing about Tiger Stripes is that it plays relatively quickly. It is good if you want to be able to get a few games in but do not have much time. It could also be good for gamers who do not have the focus and attention span for longer games yet.
The cat's meow:
"I think everyone should work on earning their stripes. They will look great in them. Just look how good mine look on me!" - Pudgy Cat
Disclosure: Pudgy Cat Games was provided a copy of this game in exchange for a review, however, this review reflects the honest thoughts of the author.