I never thought I’d be so excited about a furry box, but here we are. Bears vs Babies is the latest creation from the wonderfully depraved minds of Elan Lee and The Oatmeal. This is the same team that brought us the popular card game Exploding Kittens.
You might be familiar with The Oatmeal web comic, but if not, go check it out. I’ll wait. No, seriously. Go do this.
What lies within the furry box:
If I didn’t make myself clear before, the game is packaged in a brown fur-covered box. It might be the most amazing game packaging I have ever seen. Inside, you’ll find the card deck and a playing mat, which will help keep things organized as the game progresses.
How to play Bears vs Babies:
The premise of Bears vs Babies is pretty simple. You must build the strongest bear/monster army you can in order to defeat the Baby Horde. These come in three groups: sky (red), water (blue), and land (green).
The armies will grow over time as players draw cards in an attempt to acquire body parts for their Franken-armies. One of my personal favorite combinations is: a Pomeranian of light and wonder, who is being piloted by a robot squirrel with a chainsaw arm and lobster claw (4 cards totaling 6 power).
The babies are equally strange and horrifying. A few examples include the “Butterfly Axe Baby,” the “Portuguese Man o’ Baby,” and the “Spider Baby”.
If a baby is drawn, it immediately goes face down into its respective color-coordinated pile.
Monster Heads are also color coordinated, so only monsters and babies of the same color can fight. Bear Heads, on the other hand, can work for any color.
How to be the champion of the Bears vs Babies:
Along with being hilarious, this card game offers a fun mix of cooperative and competitive play. Everyone is working together to take down the Baby Army before it becomes unmanageable.
However, only one person wins at the end of the game by having the most points. (Each baby has a point value).
The fact that there can only be one winner makes way for a staple mechanic of the game: provoking. Any player can provoke one of the Baby Armies during their turn.
The player with the most fire power of the corresponding color wins, whereas everyone else loses their monsters. This gives you a great opportunity to screw over your friends.
Should you buy Bears vs Babies?
Overall, Bears vs Babies is a fast-paced, entertaining game you can play with up to five of your weirdest friends. With so many combinations and possibilities, the game is different every time you play. It’s a great successor to Exploding Kittens and a hell of a lot of fun. So, yes. Go buy it!