Food Fight is fun battle game with anthropomorphic food warriors and lots of puns. The mechanics work well with a theme that is both entertaining and well illustrated.
In Food Fight players build an army and go to war over battlefields like Remember the À La Mode and Spaghettis-burg. The game is very entertaining and comes with cool components like after meal mint tokens.
There is little downtime between turns because many of the actions happen simultaneously. Food Fight is easy to learn but I think there is more strategy to winning then at first appears. It might be best to describe Food Fight as a beefed up filler game with a fun theme.
1. Prepare for battle
Battlefield cards with varying victory point values are revealed and dictate which meal the battles will take place. Players build army of warriors and mascot cards in order to capture a particular meal. The warriors are troops who go to battle whereas mascots are instants cards used to add bonuses or special effects.
Secretly, players will choose which battlefield/meal they are fighting over. Using colored meal plate tokens they reveal their choice.
3. Battle time
Players select up to 5 warriors from their hand to be plated, those cards are shuffled and sent to the chosen meal. Simultaneously, the top cards are turned over and each warriors yumminess is compared. A cards yumminess can be increased with instants cards or special combos. The warrior with the highest yumminess wins that serving and gains an after meal mint token. The player with the most meal mints wins that meal and scores those points.
The object of the game is to capture meals and score 10 points.
Clever Game Mechanics
Each food warrior’s abilities are super fun and make for some silly yet powerful combos. For example, plating General Chicken with Private Waffles gives your waffles extra yumminess.
Funny mascot cards, like Vlad the Clampire, can be added to a battle instantly. The mascot cards keep things interesting similar to ability cards in Cryptozoic’s World of Warcraft TCG.
A unique element of Food Fight is that there are multiple battlefields (plates) to try and win: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But, what happens when you go to a meal and there are no other players present? The Dog happens. A hungry dog shows up and tries to gobble down your army, you have to battle him instead.
Matt Hyra, the game designer, thoughtfully included rules for first time players called Boot Camp. Once beginners get up to speed they can move on to the more advanced card drafting* style to build their armies.
What I like about Food Fight
I love drafting games, since everyone is drafting at the same time there is less analysis paralysis. Looking through a handful of cards and strategizing which troops are best is a lot of fun. Plus, I love trying to figure out what my opponents need and denying them that card.
How about Locked and Loaded Spud with Pizza for breakfast? In Food Fight I find myself picking warriors and mascots because the character amuses me. It’s sort of like taking Berserker Haflings in the board game Small World because it’s funny. In other board games where the themes are not so well developed it’s easy to fall into the rut of choosing something simply based on the numbers.
The components are a 10 out of 10, I love every detail. From the illustrations to the funny flavor text, every element is top notch. The back of the rule book looks like a menu and even the box interior is themed with a checkered tabled cloth and silverware. These details are what I love about the Cryptozoic games.
If you purchase the game don’t forget to check out the awesome cardboard standee, there’s a little easter egg on the back.
Who would enjoy this game?
To say this game is like the boring card game War is a lame simplification. However, Food Fight does share some similarities to war in that it battle fields are won by having the troop with the highest yumminess.
Some may find that going to 10 points takes too long. I find that lowering the win condition down to 7 works well and is still really fun.
Food Fight is great casual card game with a lot of theme and fun components. If you’re not sure about purchasing this game you can try out the ios version, which is also well done.
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