*This is a preview of a game that will be coming to Kickstarter. This is a prototype provided and the final version may differ from this. You can learn more about it here.
Tail story is a card game by Poj Santivatr for 2-4 players. This game can take up to 45 minutes to play and is for ages 12+. I kind of agree with this age rank as I do not think my kids would understand a lot of the references. (5 and 6 years old.)
The concept behind this game is almost like an alternate dimension to Secret Life of Pets. Instead of normal lives these pets dream of greater ambition as they strive to be number 1.
The neat thing about the cards are that they all have holographic finish on them which leads to some awesome card art effects. The only downside is that the new cards stick to each other a lot. You can remedy this by sleeving the cards (Which the box can hold).
Setup for this game is pretty easy. There are 4 player queue cards that you place facedown for everyone to grab. Whichever one you get determines your play order.
Once you are set up you pick your character and get started.
The goal of the game is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible. To do this you must use your actin (2 per turn) to play cards, discard or even swap them with others. Each species has bonus effects based on the cards that are played. If you play a card with the matching animal icon then you can activate the bonus effect on your character.
Each card has a different cost and may take up your whole turn. There are even special cards that will grant a bonus to any animal matching the icon if they are willing to act out a sound.
If you are able to clear your deck then you can claim an achievement. This can give your or your opponents stats as you near your end game.
After your first achievement you unlock new bonuses for your animals through the Altered Form.
One of the mechanics to help mess your opponent up in this game is called DIG or MESS. Both of these cause you to either steal from an opponent and also gain the ability to add cards to their deck which can extend the deck clearing time of your opponents. These can also be used against you so you need to strategize!
That is pretty much how the game goes! It is a super easy game to catch onto with some strategy needed in order to win. There are some drag time if you guys continue to play the same things against each other based on draws but ultimately one will prevail. The game does not feel unbalanced but this feels more like a game for a party than for a deep board game night.
There will be future game types as well based on the NSFW version I was given a sneak preview of. It lives up to its name for some of them so I cannot share those images.
Overall the game has a fun idea and the rules are easy to learn. You won’t become a master instantly but you should be able to hold up against veterans. I can recommend this as one to try if you are looking for something new.