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Let’s Review: Dobble

A Deckade Games Dobble Review

A fast-paced card game that’s fun for all the family.

Whether you are 6 years old or 106, Dobble is an awesomely fun and addictive game for everyone. Kids love it, adults love it – heck if dogs could play card games, we’re sure they’d love it too. It will soon become a family favourite (if it isn’t already!).

When it comes to card games there are very few which offer a fun variety of ways to play, and Dobble is ahead of the game in this area.

In a nutshell

  • Publisher: Asmodee
  • Number of players: 2-8
  • Recommended age: 6 years+
  • Playing time average: 15 mins
  • RRP: £9.99

Game Rules

The rules of Dobble are very simple. There are 55 circular cards each with 8 different symbols on them. Players then compete to identify matching symbols between the cards in their hands and a card on the table or playing area.

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The clever thing here is that there will only ever be ONE matching symbol between each pair of cards, yet each card has 8 unique symbols. For example in the image above, the only matching symbol between the two cards is the ‘blue pencil’ – cool huh?

Gameplay

A quick video on how to play Dobble from Asmodee UK:

As mentioned before, Dobble has several different modes of play, but the main mode known as “The towering inferno”. This is where each player is dealt one card which is placed face-down in front of them. The rest of the pile is placed face-up on the table or playing area.

At the start of the round each player flips their card up. They then have to quickly find a matching symbol between their card and the up facing card on the pile. Once a matching symbol has been spotted, the player needs to shout out loud what that symbol is e.g. ‘green apple’. Then proceed to take the card from the top of the draw pile, and place it on top of their original card.

There will then be a new card revealed on the draw pile. Players have to find a matching symbol for that card, and the game continues as described before.

The winner is the player who has collected the most cards at the end when there are no more cards left in the draw pile.

Other ways to play

There are 5 fun mini games in total that Dobble describes in it’s provided rule book.

One other way to play Dobble is called “The well”. This time the cards are dealt out evenly to each player, and each set of cards must be placed facing down in front of the players.

One card should then be left facing upwards on the table or playing area. At the start of the round, each player must flip up the top card from their own pile of cards and then try to match symbols between it and the card in the middle.

Once a match is found, the player must again declare the matching symbol and proceed to placing their card on top of the card on the table.

The game continues as before, with each player now trying to match symbols to the card the previous player has discarded. But you have to be quick! Each time a match is found and put down, players need to flip another card face-up from their pile to try to match.

The winner is the player who is the first to discard all of their cards onto the table pile.

We won’t spoil the fun by describing the other ways to play here (you’ll have to pick up a copy and see for yourself). But we must say we found them all very enjoyable and entertaining.

Pros and Cons of Dobble

Pros

  • Fast-paced and quick to play
  • Easy to learn and pick up
  • Comes in small durable tin for easy transportation
  • Fun for all the family

Cons

  • Gameplay may feel repetitive after a while
  • Highly competitive – expect your kids to beat you!

Tricks and treats

TRICK 1

A trick to winning Dobble.

Whilst playing we discovered an extra trick you can use to help you find symbols quicker. But shhh, you didn’t hear it from us!

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The trick is to try matching the same symbol two, three or even more times in a row.

Often when there’s a new card in play, you’ll find that the previous symbol that was matched before is matchable again with your card. With this in mind you can immediately try to spot the same previous symbol first before searching through the other symbols.

Now of course it doesn’t always work, but it’s a good trick if you get lucky enough to have and spot the same matching symbol from different cards over and over again.

TRICK 2

Why not spice things up by making up your own ways to play?

We decided to keep the game fresh by coming up with our own ways to play.

One way extra mini game we’ve made up – let’s call it “Pick and Pile”. Start by evenly dealing out all the cards to each player and leave one card face-up on the table.

Each player is then allowed to look at their cards and must try to be the quickest at finding a matching symbol to the one that’s down on the table.

Once found, the player declares the symbol and places their card down on the table, next to the original card but not on top of it. This means that players now have two cards available of which to match with.

Again, players must look at their cards and try to find a matching symbol between any of the two piles. Once a symbol is found, the player must place the card from their hand on top of the pile they matched with.

Now this is where things get interesting.

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When a player puts down a card, they are no longer allowed to match a symbol from that pile. They must try to match a symbol from the other pile they didn’t match with instead.

Yet the other players are still allowed to match from both piles. If another player matches before the last player who matched does, then they’ll become the one who can only match from one pile – the pile they didn’t previously match with. The previous matcher will then be free to match to both piles again.

The aim of the game is to be the first to discard all your cards, but with a twist!

Once a player has discarded all their cards, they must then place their hand down quickly and ‘snap up’ the biggest pile. If the piles look fairly even, then the cards should be counted to determine which pile had the most cards.

If they managed to grab the biggest pile then they are declared the winner. However, if the player did not manage to grab the biggest pile they in fact lose the game. Hehe!

The other players can continue without this player in the same fashion until again someone discards all their cards and aims to grab the biggest pile.

If there are only two players then the other player is declared the winner.

TREAT 1

Download and play the mobile app version of Dobble.

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If you’re on the go and don’t really have the time to sit down and play the physical version of Dobble then great news! They also have a mobile app version of the game called Spot It! Duel.

Available to download on both iOS and Android devices, it’s an awesomely fun addition to the Dobble family.

In Spot It! Duel, players must match symbols as fast as they can, whilst collecting rewards and cute Dobble characters. Try to gain combos to increase extra points and prepare to get crafty by balancing strategy and speed in order to win the game.

Spot It! Duel’s vibrant and colourful displays offer simple game mechanics that are suitable for all ages.

The only downside is that only seems to be available in certain countries, so double check yours just to be sure.

Finally, a warning: the game is highly addictive and the increasing levels of difficulty within the game will put you to the test!

TREAT 2

Check out the quirky other versions of the Dobble family.

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Who would think there would be even more Dobble has to offer?

Well we can tell you. Since Dobble’s release there have been more than a few different variations and themes also released.

Versions such as Dobble Kids and Dobble Junior were created for younger players to have just as much fun with. In these versions the symbols are larger to help make the game go quicker.

They have also released Dobble Star Wars, Dobble Disney Princess, and most recently, Dobble Harry Potter themes of the card game. So whatever ever you fancy, the fun will surely increase when your favourite characters are involved.

There’s even a version called Dobble Beach where the cards are completely waterproof in a handy travel bag. These durable playing cards are perfect for taking with you on a beach holiday or anywhere where things could get a bit messy!

Final Thoughts

Although Dobble has been around for some time, we thought that it deserves to be acknowledged as one of the coolest card games you could have in your collection.

The simple and easy-to-learn gameplay, and well as being suitable for all the family, is what makes Dobble such a great game.

Dobble is also a good all-rounder card game you can pop out for all occasions. Why not take it on holiday? Whip it out on your games nights? Or even use it for a work team-building event? The list goes on…

Overall, even if you have played Dobble before, we hope we’ve given you some extra tips and reasons for playing it again.

And if you’ve never played, then what are you waiting for? This is truly a must-have edition to your gaming cabinet or shelf!

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Tam is a happy-go-lucky digital designer by day, with a passion for learning and playing card games. Her aim is to leave no deck left unplayed! Find out why she started this epic journey to become a card games connoisseur at “This is Deckade Games”. Feel free to send Tam a message here.

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