Fool! Fou! Pardillo!

Ficha Técnica

  • Number of players: 4 to 8 (Jordi best tm* 5 – 8)
  • Playing time: a round 15 minutes, a «full» game more than one hour.
  • Main mechanisms: Trick-tacking and hand management
  • Type: Competitive
  • Language dependece: null!
  • First time Xavier played: 2021 / 7 years old. 

I was surprised by fool! A simple trick taking game that could be played from four up to eight players which objective is to be the first to discard all your cards.

It has a couple of twists that makes it interesting:

First each colour have different numeration, which lead to a bit more depth strategy thinking of what to play. Secondly, and much more fun, the player who discard the worst card, becomes the fool and does not plays the next round (usually this is follow by a lot of laughter and finger pointing from the rest of players).

The game stops when one player discard its last card, scoring +10 points if it is not the fool in that hand and the rest scoring negative points. You keep playing rounds until someone gets to -80 points or there are six «+10» wins.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a very simple card game, and this is probably why it works well with non-gamers. In less that five minutes you are playing, there is not downtime and it stills has some interest for regular gamers.

Taking into account the price, if you are looking for a simple game that works well at high counts and with non-usual gamers, I strongly recommend it. By the way, Pardillo! Is one of the best translations I have seen in Spanish (even if it does not start by F…).

Positive points 🙂

  • Explaining takes five minutes
  • Perfect for non-gamers! Still it keeps some interest for regular gamers
  • Fluid, no downtime
  • Portable 
  • Cheap! I already offered two…
  • You can make mock of the fool!

Negative points 🙁

  • Too simple for hardcore gamers.
  • A full game takes more than hour. A bit too much for non regular gamers? Can be house ruled anyway.