It’s been a long tradition ever since video games became a thing to adapt an RPG tabletop game into a video game. So, it’s come full circle with a very popular video game franchise being the source of a tabletop game. This time it’s Square/Enix’s Final Fantasy series its ever popular Chocobos. Chocobos, for those unfamiliar with the game, are a very large bird that can be used as a mount for the characters. Sometimes, it’s merely just to get around the map faster, sometimes there are mini games that take place within the game.
The Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt game makes no attempt to hide its Japanese origin, keeping the original title in Japanese on the box art under the English version. The game itself is fast pasted and easy to learn. There’s more luck than strategy involved with this game, making it easy for younger kids to play. In fact, like an old fashioned game of Slap Jack, it may be better to play as fast as possible. The goal of the game is to collect the most crystal cards by blindly picking from an opponents hand. Any card other than a crystal card means your turn ends. In addition, there are monster cards that if picked from your opponent will result in a penalty for you and perhaps an advantage for another player.
Easy game play aside, the one thing I noticed the most about the game is the quality. The cards are a nicely textured, thick stock. They are not glossy, but matte, giving the game a bit of a retro feel. The art is cute and feels like concept art you might find for the game. Even the box is nicely textured and makes you think of a gift box of chocolates than a card game. The price isn’t bad as far as these games go and the production value.
I recommend it as a good family or quick party game.