Board Game Reviews

Yogi by Gigamic: Review.

Theme and What is it?

Yogi is a party game where players are contorting their bodies into various yoga-like poses. 

Gameplay Mechanics

Yogi is a party game that has players trying to follow the instructions on an increasing pile of cards. Each player must perform the actions their own pile instructs while watching the other players to see if they forget any of their rules. The game ends up being a combination of memory and dexterity.

Each turn player’s they draw a card, read it aloud to the group, and then begin performing the action. If a player ever stops following any of their rules they are eliminated from the round. The last player in the round wins.

Initial Impressions

It’s bright and colorful. I wasn’t predisposed to enjoy this style of game.

Game Build Quality

The game itself is mostly focused around the cards. They’re a nice durable, flexible plastic that should hold up to being handled, held, and passed around a lot. The insert is nice. It comes with a couple of nice card trays that have a nice slope to help get the cards from them with ease. They fit nicely into the tin that the game comes in. The entire production shows a lot of care for both the type of game and the things the player’s will be doing during play.

Artistic Direction

I liked the art. It’s vibrant, colorful, and expressive. It’s fun in a way that looks effortless which is really hard to accomplish. I really appreciate that art as it lets you know by looking what kind of game you’ll be playing.

 

Fun Factor

This is a specific style of game. It revolves around people doing silly things because the game said so and that being where the fun comes from. If that sort of thing is fun for you, then this is a fun game.

Age Range & Weight

The Box says 8+ and that’s pretty close. I think younger kids could even play this and have fun, though I think they may have a hard time with the dexterity part of the game but I think they’ll have a lot of fun being silly.

Conclusions

If this is your style of game you’ll love it. I don’t tend to enjoy these games. There’s a lot of physicality to it that requires you to look ridiculous. I don’t enjoy being told how to be silly. I know how to be silly, I’m a huge fan of Monty Python, I can do it myself. 

That said, there is a lot here that can be appreciated. These games as popular, and there are certain things I think help them and hurt them. One of the things this game does really well, is that they put a ton of work into these cards. For one thing the actions are all relatively easy to perform individually. I think all of them can be performed sitting. Additionally, none of the cards contradict one another. You can’t be outed from a round because the cards you drew make it impossible for you to do the action. 

I said it already, these are very popular games and I think if people who enjoy them this is one of the better ones. If you like this style of game, I think you’re going to sit around the table and laugh and have a good time. It moves quickly, none of the cards are impossible or difficult individually but once they start stacking up it will get harder. It doesn’t require sudden props, you’re never asked to put a pot on your head, you don’t have to get anything from another room, and you simply play with the deck. 

If you’ve never played something like this before, I’d say this is a good one to try. It has a low barrier to entry and I’d say give it a try. At the very least, give it a try.

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Steve Mayne

Steve Mayne

Steve Mayne is a self-proclaimed story-teller with a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University. When not writing he is a modern gamer, Hawaiian shirt aficionado, YouTuber, and blogger.
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Steve Mayne is a self-proclaimed story-teller with a Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University. When not writing he is a modern gamer, Hawaiian shirt aficionado, YouTuber, and blogger.

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