The pips are gonna hit the fan!
A few days ago we received our Kickstarted copy of Flippin’ Fruit, a cute little dice game with the lovely gimmick of having cute anthropomorphised fruit depicted on the sides of a bunch of twelve-sided dice. When I saw pictures of the early mock-ups in a thread on BoardGameGeek, I have to admit that this was a case of me yelling “where do I send my money?!” at the computer.
Luckily, the designer went on to run a Kickstarter project, which was successfully funded, and ended up delivering the product within a month of its expected date which, if you are used to Kickstarter, is a pretty impressive feat.
Even more luckily, the game is pretty good. I’ll admit that I would have loved to see the dice being a little larger, but they are great as they are, and given the price and that this is a guy doing a small-scale project at a very reasonable price, I’m very happy with what came out of it. If you had been following the project, you would see how much love and time went into it. The guy even varnished all the dice himself to make them last longer!
Anyway, the game basically involves the usual routine of rolling the dice and then having a limited number of rerolls to hopefully be able to make a set of fruit. If you get an appropriate set you can trade them for cards which score you points — and some of these cards can be stolen away by other players. Plus you can also miss out on some of your rerolls in order to pick up “fruit basket” cards, which can be used to change die rolls or do dirty tricks, adding some luck-mitigation to the game, which is always nice to see.
We’ve played the game a couple of times now and had fun with it. Twelve sided dice can be pretty unpredictable, but there are generally quite a few choices for scoring and once you have some fruit basket cards, the game feels like you are actually making decisions, which is great. A good sign is that Miss B requested that we play again before she gave her verdict, and that we got to do the replay the very next day.
Lately we seem to have been going through a bit of a spell of dice games, and this is a nice addition to the collection. (Incidentally, as this was done on a small production run, it may be hard to get hold of, but it may be worth checking out the Flippin’ Fruit website as there may be some stock available after they have fulfilled all the Kickstarter copies.
The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 7½): “I’d give it 10 out of 10. I think it’s a very good game because of the fruit baskets. I like the idea of rotten tomatoes. :)”
The game: Flippin’ Fruit (Andrew & Stephanie Platt), 2 to 4 players aged 8+.