Scallywags Board Game from Gamewright Kids, Teens, Tweens Review

Avast, me hearties! Yer band o’ buccaneers just hauled in a bounty o’ booty and now it be time to divvy up! Spill out the gold and then play cards to claim valuable coins or give the dregs to yer no good opponents. Grab yer fair share, but don’t get too greedy pirate or else ye may end up taking quarters in Davy Jones’s Locker!

We’re not sure if Scallywags was created on International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th, for those unaware) but it certainly is the perfect game to play during it! With the variety of familiar pirate sayings on the cards, you’ll be yammerin’ like a professional hornswaggler before you know it! Beyond the fun phrases, you’ll also bone up on some key pirate skills like sneaking, bluffing, and swapping. You’ll even learn some elementary strategy while you’re at it as well!

Scallywags is a game that the family can pick up and learn in just a few minutes time. The gameplay is fairly intuitive – and most children that we played with in the age range had no problem picking up the moves and even the strategy. Younger children didn’t quite catch all of the strategy, but they loved the pirate sayings and the gold coins! Argh matey!

Scallywags has 54 cards and 40 gold coins so be on the lookout for missing pieces. Other than that no real durability concerns – the game itself will hold up.

We aren’t sure if it is the colorful fun cards, the pirate sayings, or the gold coins….maybe it was the combination of all three…but kids are drawn to this game. If a group starts to play a crowd gather quickly. In our book, that’s Visual Appeal!

Scallywags is a fairly simple game to play, but one that changes each time you roll through it. It doesn’t have tons of complicated layers, or too many twists and turns, but it does have a way of staying fresh when you play.

Lets face it, most board games we cover these days cost between $20 and $25. With a suggested retail price of $15.99, we’re happy to say Gamewright got it right! It’s always good to see when a game that consists of cards and coins recognizes proper pricing.

A lot of board games come across our play table…alot. And we are happy to say that this one is all in all pretty original. The cards are fun and funny, the strategy is fairly unique, and we are happy to say we haven’t seen any games quite like Scallywags in a long time!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, Scallywags is not going to change the face of gaming forever. Happily, what Scallywags is is a fun game that the whole family can learn quickly and enjoy playing together. Mom and Dad will like the price tag. Kids will love the fun sayings and the gold coins. A great addition to family game night!

Manufacturer: Gamewright
Recommended Age: 8 years old and up
Retail Price: $15.99
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