Benny looks at the game Deadly Doodles by Steve Jackson Games.
Welcome into to another fun-filled review! Today we are looking at Deadly Doodles from Steve Jackson Games (www.sjgames.com) designed by Samuel Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, art by Katie Cook. This game had been on my radar a while and I finally ordered it because I ordered Halloween D6’s for my wife. It also came with a promo card, Trick.
All that said, I initially did not expect much. It’s a roll and write (flip and fill) route-builder. The theme is fine, made better by the really fun art. So I sat down to play, at first it smacked of Kodama or Avenue. Then, it hit me! I wasn’t limited to my initial path! I could start a new path at a different door! Holy cow!
Then it all went wobbly and I fell onto a pile of loot and a dragon tried to eat me until I fed it my trusty squire. Then some weird little dungeon guys chased me around like the ghosts in Pac Man until I found the right Axes. Boy did they run from me! Back you scoundrels!!!
At the end of 7 rounds of laying out 4 cards, depending on if I got a draw 2 or not, then I would lay out 6 cards, I came to a wondrous conclusion: This game is a delight! It has such a fun feeling while playing, it’s light-hearted, it plays solo, it plays up to 4 and you can talk a lot of smack while laying out Traps. In a lot of ways, it’s the perfect roll and write to play at the pub or with the brunch bunch.
There is only 1 map, so maybe in part that’s a negative. You can effectively plan out a rough route you want, but luck of the draw messes with that. It felt a bit like Rail Road Ink, only without dice and being able to play stuff to mess up your opponents like Traps. That was really fun in multiplayer to drop a Trap on my board and have it cost my opponents points for taking a route through that space. Honestly, this game has retired Rail Road Ink for me as well as Avenue/Kodama. Those are fine games and all, but why would I go back to them when I have this one?! This game does a lot more with less. It has interaction, though subtle.
Phil Reed shared that they are putting the sequel to Deadly Doodles on Kickstarter and even shared a new map! I’m definitely in on that Kickstarter because this base game is a fun little romp and I definitely need some more action! I strongly encourage anyone who likes fun to check this one out. Steve Jackson Games has always been more than just Munchkin and this game is a real stand out for them!
Editors Note: Tune in next week when Benny previews Deadly Doodles 2! Same meeple day, same meeple channel…
Disclosure: I bought the game direct through www.sjgames.com with Halloween themed D6s for my wife. They were nice enough to include promos for Munchkin which I gave away and a Trick card for Deadly Doodles which I kept and have had a lot of fun playing with.