Whipped! is a self published, "take that" card game with, I must say, a questionable theme. The designers/publishers bill the game as "the card game of 'attached' guys losing friends." Players start with three friends in play and then play cards to either bond with their friends or remove bonds and friends from the other players. The last player with friends on the table wins.
There are six types of cards in the game:
The rules come on two cards, one for the actual rules and one for a card reference.
The game play is fairly straight forward, with no real additions to the "take that" genre. The players start with three friends in play on the table in front of them. They are then dealt 7 cards from the deck and are allowed to play any blue cards (additional friends or bonds). Play then starts.
On a player's turn they draw their hand up to 7 cards and then play one blue, pink or yellow card. Some of the yellow specials allow the player to play additional cards so the player may be able to play multiple cards on one turn. Green cards may only be played in reaction to another card being played on you.
That's the game. Not much depth here even for a take that game. Play good cards on you and bad cards on others and hope to out last them. Most games of the genre have some humor that helps you get through the game and makes it enjoyable, at least for the first few games. There's not much humor here. Blue cards good, pink cards bad. We had a few chuckles based on just how bad the stereotyping and humor were.
The game balance is also lacking. Get no bond cards and it's pretty hard to protect your friends. If people decide to gang up on another player, it's fairly easy to take that player out. There is even one card (that was played in our game) called "Ultimatum". This card causes the target player to lose all of his friends unless he can counter it by the end of his next turn. This was played on the first round of our game and the target player could not remove it on his turn so he was out after his second turn of the game. What fun!
The theme of women causing guys to lose their friends might go over with late teens or 20-something guys but most of our group is older than that. The theme fell very flat with our group. The women in particularly did not think it was very funny. And I would never allow my kids to play it.
Whipped! just completely fell flat with our group. Not a single person liked the game. I would be hard pressed to come up with a group of people (beyond the designers) who might like it. Well, maybe as a gag gift for a bachelor party. However, I would recommend that you just by-pass Whipped! and move on.
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