Bible Animals: Click Clack Match is a game by Bible Games Central. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players will be rolling animal dice to make matches and collect points. In the end, the player that is the first to score 50 points will be declared the winner.
To begin, all of the cards are shuffled together and 3 cards are drawn and placed face up in the middle of the play area. The remaining cards are placed face down in a draw pile. The dice are placed where all players can reach them. The first player is chosen and play now begins.
The game is played over a series of turns with each player taking a turn. On a player’s turn, they will take 5 dice from the dice pool and roll them together. If a player rolled any sad faces, these are set aside and may not be rerolled. If the player has set aside 3 or more sad face dice, then their turn ends immediately. They will then return all the dice they rolled to the dice pool. Play will then pass to the next player in turn order. If the player has less than 3 sad face dice set aside, then they will continue with their turn. Next they will choose 1 of the 3 face up cards to place their dice on. If their dice match one of the animals on the selected card, then they may place that die on the corresponding space. The player is only allowed to place dice on the card that they chose and not on any of the other cards. Any unplaced dice are returned to the dice pool. If a player is able to completely fill all the animal spaces on a card with dice, then they win that card and are able to place it next to themself. The player gains the points in the top right of the card. If a card is removed from the middle of the play area, then a new card is drawn and placed face up to replace it. If the player has 50 points or more, then they win the game. If not, then they may decide to continue or end their turn. If they choose to continue their turn, then they will take 5 new dice from the dice pool and repeat the same process of rolling and placing dice, as explained above. If they choose to end their turn, then all unplaced dice and sad face dice are returned to the dice pool. Any dice that were placed on a card, remain where they are. Play then passes to the next player in turn order.
The game continues with players rolling dice and placing them on cards until one player gains 50 or more points worth of cards in front of themself. The first player to do this is the winner.
The game comes with 56 cards and 20 dice. The dice are wooden and a bit light. They’re white with what appears to be screen printed outlines of animal heads on them. I don’t know how long the printing on these will last seeing as these are going to be handled quite a bit. I kind of wish they’d been laser etched or something a little more permanent due to that. So far, they’ve held up considerably well. Let’s hope it stays that way. I also wish they’d been a little heftier like normal dice. These just feel a bit off. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I play a lot of other dice games, so I’m just spoiled. Yea…that’s probably it. The cards are pretty much your standard size cards with a nice finish to them. They’re a good thickness and are easy to shuffle. The iconography on the cards is very easy to understand. They contain up to 6 animal icons on them. Each one has a number of points in the upper right corner. The cards are designed with the background supporting the animal types. So for instance, the dove icons show a blue sky behind them, while the cow, sheep and lion have a green field. The fish have blue water behind them. It’s subtle but makes perfect sense. I really loved that idea. The cards, while not overly dramatic with imagery, are quite cute and fun. I think the cards are the best part of this game and I really enjoy them. Overall the game looks nice and it does what it’s supposed to do. I’m pleased.
7 out of 10
The rulebook for this game isn’t overly large and is simply a folded sheet of double sided color paper. The front side explains the objective of the game, along with a nice section of Biblical stories of each of the animals represented on the dice. The back side goes over the steps of gameplay and how to win. The booklet has plenty of nice pictures and lots of great examples. Everything is quite easy and simple to read through and understand. It won’t even take long to read over it all. Overall there’s nothing that I could really add to the rules, except for maybe a solo variant to be able to play the game that way. Other than that, I think it covers everything very well.
8 out of 10
This is a very simple and easy game to play. Honestly it’s as simple as rolling the dice and then matching the icons on the cards with the ones on the dice. Lather, rinse, repeat. For gamers, the push your luck mechanic really comes through on this one. You roll the dice and hope you don’t get 3 sad faces. You didn’t this time, so do you roll again and try once more or do you stop while you’re ahead. I guess the only negative about continuing is that you lose any dice you rolled if you get 3 sad faces. I don’t really see much of a positive for stopping though. I read and reread the rules to make sure that I didn’t miss anything but there’s not really a negative that I could see, so why not just keep rolling till you’re forced to. I thought about how this could be improved. What if you were able to reserve the card that you placed dice on if you chose to stop, or something like that. Then you’d have an actual decision to make….do you keep rolling for more points or hold on to what you’ve already gained? That’s the one fault that I found in the design for this one. Other than that, I think the idea of rolling dice and matching icons is quite fun. It reminds me of games like Roll for It and CV. Like with the last game I reviewed from Bible Games Central, this one doesn’t push the religious theme. It’s there if you want to find it, like with the scriptures and stories on the rulebook. However the game itself isn’t overly religious in and of itself. I think that like The Good Shepherd card game, it’s just fine. This is a game that I was pretty sure that I’d enjoy and I was right. I enjoy rolling dice so this was a nice little matching game that my whole family enjoyed. It’s one that is family friendly and easy enough that every age group can enjoy. There’s no need to read anything so even the youngest players can play. Gans of dice rolling games should enjoy this one like I did. Overall this is a nice little game that is fast and fun. I recommend it.
8 out of 10
Bible Animals: Click Clack Match is a very light weight dice rolling game of matching and push your luck. It’s a fast playing game. Most game sessions last around 15 minutes. The cards look great but the dice are a little light. I’m also worried how the screen printing on them will hold up with continued handling. The rulebook is well designed with plenty of examples. The game itself is fast and fun. The main goal is to score 50 points by matching up your dice onto the cards. The push your luck mechanic isn’t overly heavy with this one, so it’s one that I think players won’t stress over. It does remind me of other dice games with this same feel, like Roll for It and CV. I think fans of those games might enjoy this one too, especially if they’re looking for something that they can play with the kids. This is a great little family friendly dice game that is a great introduction to some of the mechanics that I’ve already mentioned throughout the review. I think it’ll be a nice way to get the younger players interested in playing a bit heftier games. Needless to say, this is one that I’ve enjoyed, as have my family. I would recommend it.
8 out of 10
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