Trash Pandas – Gamewright – Review

"Each drawing represents what it is, from a Trash Panda’s perspective, perfectly. Everything is cutely disgusting. We are talking about trash here."

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Theme and What is it?

You are a raccoon (Trash Panda) digging through the trash for treasures.  You are competing against other raccoons to collect the most and best items and food scraps. The names of your “treasures” all sound like the crazy cat memes you see online.

Gameplay Mechanics

You roll a die with images of actions you can do, and for each action you take a token. You can stop before you roll again. However, if you roll the same action again your turn is done. Or is it? The treasures in your hand will give you various options that can keep your turn going, or force a rival to do the same.  You also have to decide do you want keep the points on the card or use it to mess with the other players later.

Initial Impressions

Raccoons do look like pandas. I had never thought about it. The fact that your are fighting over trash, with no smell and funny names adds to the absurdity of the game. That just makes it more fun!

Game Build Quality

The dice are large and easy to read with engraved icons.  The tokens are light and feel good in hand. Everything fits nicely in the box. The cards stand up to repeated shuffles.

Artistic Direction

Each drawing represents what it is, from a Trash Panda’s perspective, perfectly. Everything is cutely disgusting. We are talking about trash here.

Fun Factor

Do I keep rolling or keep what I have? Is someone else likely to try to force me to keep going? These and many more are the questions you will ask yourself. Plus, each turn is so quick that there isn’t much time to get bored as you wait for your turn.

Age Range & Weight

8+ is a good place to start since there is a fair amount of reading.  The ‘take that’ aspect of the game is sometimes frustrating for younger or less mature players. I fell into one of these categories a few times.

Conclusions

Trash Pandas is a fun filler or starter game for your next game night. It is a good family game and lets you poke fun, in a good way, at those you are related and close to.  The quick pace keeps thing interesting and others interested. The fun artwork and the silly names keep you entertained as you wait. Like all games, it may not be for everyone, but remember one man’s trash is another Trash Panda’s treasure.