Lord of the Fries Superdeluxe Edition is a game by James Ernest, published by Cheapass Games. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players are zombies working in a fast food restaurant. They will be trying to fulfill orders to earn points for each fulfilled order. They’ll have to be careful though as each card left in their hand will result in negative points. The player that earns the most points over the 4 day period will be declared the winner.
To begin, players decide which deck and menu they want to play. There are two decks and three menus to choose from, one menu for each deck and one that combines both decks. Once this has been chosen, the deck is shuffled and each player is given a set amount of cards based on the menu chosen and the number of players. The remaining cards are set aside. The die is placed where all players can reach it. The first player or leader is chosen. Play now begins.
The game is played over four days. Each day is made up of several rounds. Each round begins with the leader who must roll the first order. To do this, the leader rolls the die once to choose a zone from the menu. The die is then rolled again to choose a specific menu item from that zone. This is now the current order. Beginning with the player to the leader’s left, players are then able to try and fill the order by playing ingredients from their hand that match the menu item, face up onto the table in front of them. If they’re able to do this, they become the new leader for the next round. If not, they must pass which means they must also pass a card to the player to their left. Players are able to pass even if they have all the ingredients to fill the order with. As play progresses, the passing player must pass the card to the roller if the order was rolled or to the left if the order was called.
Once the order has been fulfilled, a new round begins with the player that fulfilled the order take the leader position. The new leader may then choose to roll like I just described or they may call an order. Calling an order is done by simply choosing an item from the menu. Some menus have a zone that can not be called by the leader. Once again, players try to fill the order or must pass. Sometimes the order can’t be completed by anyone. In this case, the order goes around the table again, however this time players are allowed to leave out an ingredient from the order. If everyone passes again, players are able to leave out another ingredient. This continues until either a player fulfills an order or the menu item is able to be played without any cards. If this is the case, the player to the leader’s left becomes the new leader.
This all continues until one player has no more cards to play. When this happens, the day is over and scoring occurs. Players add up all the number values of the cards that they’ve played face up in front of themselves. They must subtract the card values of any cards left in their hand. The deal is then passed to the player to the previous dealer’s left. A new round then begins. Once four days have been played through and scored, the game is over. The player with the highest combined score wins.
One last thing should be noted in regards to the McFrye’s Menu. If a coffee is rolled from Zone C, the player must roll the die three times; once for the amount of coffee, once for the size of the cup (this tells you the total amount of coffee and milk that must be played) and once for any extras. Latte means there are no extras added.
This game consists of a couple decks of 55 cards, three menus and a die. Each deck can be played by itself or it can be combined into a 72 card deck. The cards are great and have a really nice satin finish to them. The artwork is really light and humorous. Even though it’s zombie themed, the art isn’t grotesque and full of blood and gore. It’s something that you can play with your kids without fear of giving them nightmares. The Friedey’s cards have your standard fast food fare of burgers and fries, while McFrye’s is more of a coffee house style of ingredients. The menus for each are included on the rules pamphlet, along with the Ren-Fare menu that uses cards from both decks. The die that is included is a standard colored die with no special markings or anything on it. For a small and simple card game, the components are really nice. I’ve noticed that there will be several more card decks and menus available coming out soon. If these look as good as the ones included with the game, they will definitely be worth picking up.
8 out of 10
The rulebook is a rather small colored pamphlet with the rules basically on one sheet. There aren’t really any pictures or examples included in the rules, apart from the explanation about making coffee. Of course everything is really simple to read and understand. Everything is explained really well. There is even a strategy section included in the rules on how to play the game a little better. The three menus are also a part of the rules pamphlet. Each menu has the different zones and numbers that are rolled, as well as pictures of the items that match the pictures on the cards. There are also special rules for using each menu. I really like the look and feel of the different menus and think they are great. I kinda wish that the menus had been printed onto several extra player aid cards or something of that type. However, the menus are easily downloaded from the website and printed off however you want, so that takes care of that. In any event, the rulebook and menus get the job done.
8 out of 10
This is a really fun little card game. It’s very light and humorous. The game is very easy to learn and play. It’s simple enough that almost anyone can play. There’s not a lot of strategy to it at all and it can be quite random. The different menu items are fun to call out and will make you laugh sometimes. It’s a great little filler game. I do wish the game was a little faster though. While 40 minutes isn’t really bad, it does feel like the game stays longer than the fun does. If the days were reduced, it might play a little better in my opinion. In any event, it’s easily fixed with a house rule of only 2 or 3 days instead of the 4. Of course if everyone’s enjoying it, you can always stick with the 4. Other than that, I don’t really have any gripes. Simple, fun and humorous. that’s what I’m sticking with.
8 out of 10
Lord of the Fries Superdeluxe Edition is a light weight card game of fun fast food fulfillment. Try saying that 3 times fast. The game takes a little too long in my opinion with most games lasting around 40-45 minutes. If you can tighten it down to about 30 minutes, it works. The artwork is really fun and humorous. The zombies aren’t grotesque so this can be easily played with young children without fear of bad dreams. Calling and fulfilling orders is quite fun. This game is great for fans of such games as Munchkin, Smash Up and the like. There’s not a lot of strategy involved and so this might not appeal to everyone. There is a fair amount of luck involved in the game. Players that don’t like a mostly luck style game may want to pass on this one. For everyone else, it’s fine. For me and my crew, we enjoyed it and will definitely be playing more of it, especially over the Christmas break. I would recommend giving it a try. The low price point makes it one that everyone should play. I will also state that there will be more decks of cards with various ethnic foods such as Italian, Chinese and Irish. If you like the game, you may want to pick these up when they become available. Till then, enjoy the game with me.
8 out of 10
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