I simply had to write a review on the fantastic game Dobble that I won at the BlogOn conference I went to back in May. My 14-year-old daughter has spent a lot of this year in hospital and this game has helped pass away an hour each day and it definitely deserves a thumbs up!
Dobble is a super fun compact game, that comes stored in a pocket size tin. The great quality round cards have clear images that are bright and colourful. The game itself is ranked suitable for children ages 6+ but I have found a way to play it with younger children that I will share on this post.
Dobble is playable by 2-8 players, is simple to learn, quick to play but a challenge to master. The game is perfect for families as it is based on reactions and quick memory observation, you don't need knowledge or strategy, so no advantage for adults over children. Players must compete with each other to find the matching symbol between one card and another. Every card is unique and has only one symbol in common with any other in the deck. The match can be difficult to spot as the size and positioning of the symbols can vary on each card.
I have to admit when I first read the instructions to the game I thought it sounded boring and my two children age 14 and 6 did too. However we were wrong and this game has definitely become a family favourite and is so addictive. I took it with me to my parents house this weekend and after our lovely Sunday roast we sat at the table all together and played. My parents got very competitive and the usual let the grandkids win went out of the window when they realised that my kids were actually better than them. It was so funny and we all laughed so much during our play, the children loved this family time too, something that we don't do enough of.
My favourite thing about the game is that you can play it in so many different ways. All the games are
quickness-based mini-games were all players play at the same time. You can play the mini-games in a specific order, randomly, or you can keep playing the same one over and over.
The objective of the game is to be the fastest to spot the identical symbol between two cards, name it out loud and then take the card, place it or discard it depending on the rules of the mini-game you’re currently playing. Each card in Dobble features eight different symbols, with the symbols varying in size from one card to the next. We found that when we had to shout out the names of the pictures we were matching, we got our tongues tied and kept saying the wrong words, like sunfine, for sunshine, this made us all laugh and was so much fun. We got so competitive that if you didn't say the word correctly then you wouldn't win the card.
Here is a few of the ways we like to play Dobble;
Game 1. reveal one card, then another. Whoever spots the symbol in common on both cards claims the first card, then another card is revealed for players to search, and so on. Whoever has collected the most cards when the 55-card deck runs out wins!
Game 2. Deal all the cards between all the players. The last card should be placed in the centre of the play area symbol side up. All players are allowed to study the centre card for a minute or two. All players must then turn their dealt pile of cards symbol side up and try to be the first to get rid of their pile. The first player to shout the matching symbol can then add their card to the centre pile. There is now a new card to match, and so on until a player has no cards left and then they are the winner.
Game 3. Place one card symbol face up in the centre of game play so all players can see. Place the rest of the cards also face up in their pile. The first player to match a symbol from the pack with the card placed in the centre wins that card. You must name the symbol correctly and clearly and be the first to put your hand over the card. The winner is the one with the most cards when all the cards have gone.
Game 4. Deal one card to all players. Place the rest of the cards symbol face up in a pile in the centre of game play. Study the card on the pile and match it with another players card, saying the symbol name you are matching it to and picking it up first before any one else. The player that you have matched it to then has to keep that card. This play continues until all the pile of cards have gone. The winner is the one with the least cards.
Game 5. Deal one card and place it face down in front of each player. Place the remaining cards, all symbol face up in a pile in the middle of the play area. All turn your card over at the same time. Be the first the shout out the symbol from the pile and match it to your card. Place the card you won on top of your old card symbol side up. Match again with the pile and so on. The winner is the player with the most cards when all the pile has gone.
Playing with younger children. Deal 3 cards out to each child and place them symbol face up. Ask the child to look at their 3 cards can they name the symbols? What colours can they see? Can they find the smallest or biggest symbol on each card? Once they are familiar with their cards begin the game. You will need to shout out find something red, big, small, a fruit etc depending on the age and ability of the child and how much they understand. Example find something red, the child who is the first to point to something red on their card can then remove that card so they only have 2 cards remaining. The first to get rid of all 3 cards is the winner. Once the children have got used to the game you can do this with 5 cards to make the game last longer. To make it harder ask the children to find something that has a heart beat, body part, something to eat etc.
There are lots of ways to play this game, and it is definitely one of our families favourites. If you haven't already got this game I would recommend you purchase it. It is the perfect size for a stocking present this Christmas, and would make a wonderful gift for any child's birthday.
Can you think of any other ways to play Dobble I would love to hear your ideas, please feel free to comment below.