Evil Baby Orphanage – A Game Review

Sorry I didn’t upload yesterday guys, I had had some exams and afterwards I wasn’t really in the mood to write. Today I’ll be reviewing a game called Evil Baby Orphanage made by Wyrd Games. I’d heard about this game through the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel and it seemed just awesome. I’ll tell you a bit about the story behind the game, the game dynamics, the cards design and my overall opinion.

In a very early Vlogbrothers video (still called Brotherhood 2.0 back then) Hank and John Green talked about the idea of travelling back in time to try and stop evil baby Hitler growing up to be evil adult Hitler. But, here’s the dilemma, would you kill it? Killing babies is quite an evil thing. So they figured, it’d be better to open up an orphanage for evil babies and make sure they didn’t grow up to be evil any more. This idea became very popular among the subscribers of John and Hank Green and years later this game was created. I think the video originated from 2007 and this game became public in 2012. There is a Nerdfighter wiki page for more detailed information about the history of this project.

When I found out this idea was transformed into a game I was excited right away. Just the title sounds awesome to me! I’ve played this game for the first time about one month ago and decided to buy it almost immediately after. The game is not the easiest to start on for a beginning gamer (as  I am) but once you’ve picked up the basic rules it’s actually quite easy and a whole lot of fun.

You have three kinds of cards in this game: Evil baby cards, toys cards and action cards. The evil babies have different kinds of qualities, you have for example biter babies and bully babies. The baby will act on these qualities during your turn! These actions can be great things like taking a toy card from someone else or bad things like giving away a baby. This makes the game really fast and hard to win because each turn you lose and gain a lot of cards! The goal is to win the game by having a total points of 10 (each baby has a point count on its card). I’m not going into detail about all the rules of the game and how to play exactly because there’s a really great Evil Baby Orphanage website which can explain any questions. I hope you at least have a little bit of an idea about how this game works.

The card design is really great. Each card pictures either an Evil Baby, Toy or Action and they are just so cool. Every baby is drawn to represent the actions that made them evil or the typical way they looked, imagine a baby Hitler with a small moustache. The babies are somehow cute and evil at the same time.

The game offers some nice expansion packs too. I especially like the Nerdfighter Expansion Pack because the cards offer a new look on some famous Youtubers and Nerdfighter related jokes.

I think this game is really great because of its fast dynamics, the card design and the fun you have with your friends when you’ve found a particular creepy evil baby. I’m still waiting on my copy of this game to arrive, but I highly recommend it to anyone. I know what I’ll be doing with my friends once I finally have my hands on some cards….

Until next time,

Vanya

Do you want to buy this game? You can do so here: http://dftba.com/product/132/Evil-Baby-Orphanage-Card-Game

(Image source: http://dftba.com/product/132/Evil-Baby-Orphanage-Card-Game; Nerdfighter Wiki Page: http://nerdfighter.wikia.com/wiki/Evil_Baby_Orphanage ;  Vlogbrothers Channel : http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers; Evil Baby Orphanage Official Website : http://evilbabyorphanage.com/ )