Dissent Games have come up with an interesting idea and one that I’ve not come across before, solo games on greetings cards. I really like the idea, for one, of a card that doesn’t go straight in the bin post birthday/Christmas/anniversary etc etc, and secondly of a little, quick game you can play in a few spare minutes.
Plastic Currents is a very attractive card, having a Japanese Coy Carp pond look, which when buying a card is important. Game play involves attempting to remove plastic, represented by tokens or sweets, from the squares on the card through the rolling of dice. I’m going to be honest it took a couple of read throughs of the rules to double check that I’d got them straight. As someone brought up playing solitaire and patience endlessly, the quiet repeated actions didn’t bother me and I found it quite mindful attempting to clear columns. My one criticism is that there isn’t a scoring process; I would have like a “complete in x moves and you’re David Attenborough on Boaty McBoatface with a big net”. It did feel slightly like a metaphor for plastic pollution as the game rotated round and around seemingly endlessly, but I got there in the end.
Overall, I’d say that if you like quiet, mindful, process, solo games, then these are very sweet and an interesting idea. You can order them on Kickstarter from 29th October, so keep an eye out! Dissent Games is a female run UK company and well worth supporting so look out for her upcoming game Library Labyrinth.
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