YORKTON - Have you ever opened a new game, looked at the package contents and wondered exactly what you had?
Well, if you haven’t had that moment before you likely will once you acquire a copy of The Fuzzies.
And, let’s make it clear from the outset, you probably should grab one of these if you like light and surprisingly fun games.
And, in the case of The Fuzzies by designers Alex Hague, Justin Vickers and Wolfgang Warsch, you get a game that will be different from anything else in your collection.
From publisher CMYK The Fuzzies is – well the word unusual comes to mind.
At its core it likely owes a nod in its lineage to Jenga, at least in the sense when things fall apart you lose – and yes things will fall apart albeit in a somewhat gentle fashion.
There are no hard wooden pieces to spin off the gaming table and land on your toe.
The Fuzzies is all about fuzzie cloth balls.
The fuzzie aspect is a key because it helps the balls cling together.
So when you jam the pile of balls in the cup they clomp together allowing you to gingerly tip the cup and deposit the pile of coloured balls on the table.
Then the crazy fun begins.
The game comes with a set of tweezers reminiscent of Operation I suppose. And you really use them in a similar fashion here.
You draw a card which determines which colour ball you must gently pluck from the pile and then add back to the mound somewhere higher than it started.
You soon learn the balls seem to cling tenaciously to the pile when you are trying to extract one, and seem to want to fall away to freedom when you are placing them.
Now if one, or two, or three balls fall away you don’t lose. It’s actually worse. You draw cards and on your next turn you have to take your turn using the rules on the cards.
So you might have to move a ball using only certain fingers, or your non-dominant hand, or with an eye covered, all hilarious for opponents to watch, excruciating to do, and all part of the fun.
When you see this one of the table – even after reading the simple rules – it doesn’t seem like there is much of a game here.
Then you play it.
You smile. You grin. You laugh. The ball pile falls, and you are wanting to play ‘just one more’ which is what an opponent said three games earlier.
This is a game of hard to define charm, and lots of fun – even for the non-gamers who visit. Check it out at cmyk.games