Adorable Pandaring is a game by Chris Cieslik, published by Asmadi Games. It is for 3-5 players. In this game, players will be racing to try and collect 5 bamboo before the other players can. To help them do this, they will play some of the cutest panda cards ever from their hand. The first player to get 5 bamboo will be declared the winner.
To begin, the Panda Law cards and Bamboo cards are placed in the center of the play area in separate stacks. The Red Panda card that corresponds with the number of players is placed in the center of the play area beside the other stacks of cards. The various Panda cards are then shuffled together. Each player is dealt 4 cards each. The draw deck is then placed face down beside the Red Panda card. The start player is chosen and they choose one of the Panda Law cards to be in effect first. Their chosen card is placed on the top of the stack with the others placed beneath it. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they will perform a series of 4 steps. First, the player checks to see if there are enough Adorable Pandas face up on the table for the Red Panda to award bamboo. This number is dependent on the number of players. If there are enough face up cards, then a scoring round follows. The Red Panda card is flipped over and the steps on the back are followed. Those steps are as follows:
1. All hidden pandas are revealed. This means that they are flipped face up.
2. All players with two or more adorable pandas gain a bamboo. Adorable pandas are those that match the current Panda Law card. The player will either gain a bamboo card from the stack or flip one of their 1 bamboo cards to the 2 bamboo side.
3. The player(s) with the most adorable pandas gain a second bamboo. That is to say the player that has more face up pandas that match the current Panda Law card.
4. Check Banana Pandas. Banana Panda cards state that if there are 3 or more Banana Pandas in play during scoring, shuffle them into the deck. Each player that had one gains a bamboo. ‘Nuff said.
5. All adorable pandas are shuffled into the deck. Other pandas remain in play. That’s to say that any of the panda cards that match the current Panda Law card are then shuffled into the deck, leaving the remaining panda cards face up on the table.
6. The current player chooses a different Panda Law, and returns the Red Panda card to the middle. This means that the player that started this turn, is now able to choose a different Panda Law of their choosing, placing it on top of the stack with the others beneath it.
The next step after Red Panda scoring is for the player to hide a panda from their hand. This is done by placing the card face down in front of them. The text on the card is ignored. Once this is done, the player moves to the next step which is to play a panda from their hand. This is done by placing the card face up in front of them. The player is then able to perform the effect that is written on the card. Finally the player draws cards back up to a hand limit of 4 cards to end their turn. Play then passes to the next player who follows the same steps above. As soon as one or more players reach 5 bamboo during a Red Panda scoring phase, the game ends. The player(s) that have 5 bamboo win.
This game contains a single deck of cards. The cards are very good quality however and have some of the cutest and dare I say it, the most adorable pandas ever. There are two different pieces of art for each of the 10 different numbered cards. That is to say that for the number 1 card there are 2 of 1 design and 2 of another design, 40 cards in total for the draw deck. Of course you also have the super cool Red Panda cards, 1 for each number of players, 3, 4 or 5. On the back of these cards are the rules for scoring. Then you have the different Panda Law cards which are double sided. Don’t forget that when you’re choosing a new Panda Law card while playing the game. Finally there are the bamboo cards. Each of these has a picture of bamboo on both sides of the card. One side has the number 1 and the flip side has the number 2. All said, I really like the look and feel of the cards. They’re super cute and tons of fun. Of course my daughter is in love with the Cat Panda cards. Yes, there are such things. Be prepared to Squee with delight. She did.
8 out of 10
The rulebook is quite small and fits nicely inside the little box of cards. There’s not really much to it. It has several cute pictures and a really nice example of scoring inside. There’s also a page of FAQs. Don’t think they were really needed as the game is super simple, but still nice that they were at least thought of. Also included in the book is a step by step reprint of scoring that is on the back of the Red Panda cards. This is another nice added touch. I can’t really say any more than that, as there’s not really anything else in the book. Like I said, it’s quite small. In any event, the book covers everything rather well. It’s easy to read and apart from a minor proofreading error, is easy to understand. All in all, I have nothing to complain about.
8 out of 10
This is a really fun and simple little filler game. It’s super easy, as if you couldn’t figure that out from the rules overview above. It’s really cute and really quick. Most games last no longer than about 10 minutes or so. It’s not a game that you’ll over think while playing. Most of the game relies on the luck of the draw. However, there is a little bit of strategy through the use of the Panda Laws to make your own cards more valuable and through the effects of playing a card face up. This won’t make a strategy player’s play list but works well for all the rest of us. It’s easy enough that even younger players can play, as long as they can read or they have someone helping them. My daughter loves the cute cards and the quick play time. The game works well with 3 or 4 players. I’ve yet to play it with 5, so I can’t really speak on that aspect. All in all, it’s light and cute with just enough game to make me want to play it again.
8 out of 10
Adorable Pandaring is a really light weight card game full of cuteness and fun. It plays really quickly with most gaming sessions lasting not much more than 10 minutes. This makes it a great little filler game. The artwork is really cute and fun. My daughter loves the various panda cards, especially the Cat Panda. With the game being only a deck of cards, it’s small enough to be easily carried for a game on the go. It doesn’t have a lot of strategy to it, but has just enough game to entertain almost anyone. Fans of cute card games like Sushi Go or Dale of Merchants might enjoy this one. The game is really easy to learn and play. This is a great one to play with the grandparents and the kids. I recommend giving this one a try, especially if you’re looking for something to get the kids off the video games for a little while. Great fun!
8 out of 10
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