Today’s Kickstarter Highlight is Monster in the Woods by Chris Norlund!
Monster in the Woods is a quick, interactive card game of hide and seek, where players all take the roles of kids at a slumber party, trying to find their friend Mei and escape the monster-infested woods. As you might expect, the game is meant to be kid-friendly, and the gameplay and artwork certainly support that mission: the objective is simple, the cards are fun to use, and the art uses a striking cutout style that’s elegant and textless.
To win, you’ve got to have both the ‘Mei’ card and the ‘door’ card at the same time. Of course, it’s not an easy thing to accomplish since you can only have two cards in your hand at a time. You’ve got to swap one of your cards in order to search the woods (a face-down draft pool) for a new card. AND, those new cards can be a variety of pitfalls and attacks that other players might snag and use to thwart one another. For example, if you draw the ‘monster’ card, it means you’re toast and are out of the game, unless you have a ‘hide’ card in your hand. The various other cards give the game its interactivity – the ‘bear’ card forces the player who has the ‘Mei’ card to reveal it and shuffle it back into the woods, the ‘flashlight’ card forces a player to skip their next turn, etc. There are some really creative cards in the game, and Chris has a fantastic video run-down of each card and its effects on the Kickstarter page.
Monster in the Woods reminds me of other simple yet interactive card games like Exploding Kittens, for its beautiful simplicity. It’s great to see a game that doesn’t rely on complicated mechanics to drive the experience. If you want to support a great indie creator and grab a copy of a fun and kid-friendly card game, you should swing by the Kickstarter page and check it out!
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky!