The Cardboard Kid – 018: Minecraft Card Game?

The Cardboard Kid – 018: Minecraft Card Game?


In the Minecraft Card Game, you’re card-drafting resources to try and craft tools, which give you powers and points. This is definitely a weeknight game. The game is only around 15 minutes long, including set-up and take-down. You’ll be able to get (in) a couple games in a row. Shuffle the Resource Cards, then deal them face-down into five piles of 15 cards. Flip the piles over so they’re now face-up. Shuffle the Craft Cards, then deal them Crafting-side up into four piles of six cards. Leftover cards, and any traded, used, or blown up during the game go into the Discard pile. In the game, you’ll be able to Mine, Craft, or Reserve. Mining gives you a Resource Card, and Crafting lets you trade Resource Cards to make a tool. Tools can give you special powers, like getting an extra action on your turn. Reserving a Crafting card just means you’re taking it to make it later. There are a few special cards. Wilds can be used as any 1 Resource. TNT blows up the top Resource Card in all the piles. Creepers need to be defeated. You win by having the most points. Crafted Tools have points here in the corner. Depending on the player count, you’ll win by having either 24, 20, or 16 points. And that’s Minecraft Card Game! Mine resources, Craft tools for points, and watch out for Creepers. Our friend, Ariel, was visiting. She brought the game here so we could play it a bunch of times. It was her turn, and she uncovered two Creeper cards. They attacked, so I had to discard two resources. Ariel had a sword card, so she only had to discard one resource. She ended up winning the game soon after. The rules are incredibly easy to learn. The cards, while they’re not great, will help you remember. In my Sushi Go! review, I had mentioned that I’m surprised when modern games don’t include references. This game doesn’t include them either, but it doesn’t need them. I like the tools, especially the TNT. It reminds me of deck-builders where you can sometimes clear the offer of unwanted cards. An added bonus is that you get to keep two of the cards, and they get put straight into your resources. The game is fast, which is perfect for playing after school. I went into this game expecting to like the art because anything can be created in Minecraft. Well… the art is nothing special. It gets the job done, but that’s it. There’s one more dislike, and it’s a biggie. Now remember, reviews are just someone’s opinion. You may agree or disagree, and that’s okay. Anyhow, Minecraft Card Game is… boring. Gamers will have no problem understanding the Minecraft Card Game. People who bought this because of the Minecraft name, but don’t usually play board games, might need a game or two before they’re comfortable. So what do I think? There’s not much to it, and that’s both good and bad. It’s easy for people to learn, there’s a lot of luck, and there’s a tiny bit of strategy. Not much, though. Part of the problem is it doesn’t feel like Minecraft. It could’ve been anything else. An even bigger problem, though, is it’s boring. Minecraft Card Game! gets… no thumbs.