Muertoons Review - Dia De Los Muertos Family Fun
Quick Glance - Muertoons
- Game Type – Card Game
- Number of Players – 3 to 5
- Mechanics – Hand Management
- Difficulty – Easy
- Release – 2017
- MSRP – $14.95
Muertoons is card game based on a cartoon by the same name revolving around the Dia de los Muertos holiday. It is a simple UNO-like game with cute characters inhabiting the cards and works well as a family game when you’re looking to spend some time together and have some fun.
There are five characters in Muertoons, all young girls working together to help you get to the Dia de los Muertos festivities. Just like UNO, the goal is to discards all cards, which leads you and your friends to the celebration. Each card played determines the cards that the next player is allowed to follow with. Cards contain one of the five characters and a number from 1 – 11, each character has her own rules for what card can follow. For example, the Rosita cards require that the next card be the next higher number of any color. Also, as a house rule my family decided that when playing a Rosita card, you much say her name with the thickest accent possible, R’s must be rolled. The catch is that you also deal out a hand to Don Ricardo “Rico” Esqueleto, AKA, Tio Rico which thankfully is not required by house rules to be recited. The Tio Rico hand is put aside, removing cards that could be helpful in the quest to join the Dia de los Muertos party.
Muertoons makes for a great family game. It is simple to learn and plays fast enough to keep even the younger ones interested while adding enough excitement and interaction to keep parents from getting bored. Each card type has a unique requirement which mixes up the standard UNO format but these conditions are not labeled on the cards so you end up referring to the rules or provided reference cards to determine what each card does. This is a minor disappointment that can slow down a game that plays best when things move quickly. Despite this, I recommend Muertoons for families looking for an inexpensive game in a small box that provides a lot of fun and re-playability.