Get the orange segments ready, we're kicking off a game of Strikerz.
Strikerz from Caper Games is a quick, fun 2 player game based on a game of Football (or soccer as it says on the box). Just as in football you need to score more goals than your opponent to win. But unlike an actual game of football it takes nowhere near 90 minutes! It takes somewhere between 15 - 30 minutes for a game. It is a fast paced set collection game with a quirky mechanic for taking a shot at goal. And if you are stuck on a draw after the final whistle blows, you get to have a penalty shoot out.
The game itself comes in a tiny box, the size of a pack of playing cards. The box contains the two teams you need (red and blue - particularly pleasing for the Liverpool/ Manchester contingent!); goal cards to keep track of the score; action cards - yellow card, red card, whistle, manager & offside; keeper's right & left glove for each team plus shoot at goal cards.
How to Play
Deal a hand of four cards to each player.
On your turn you draw a card either from the deck or the top of the discard pile (as long as it isn't an action card) and either play a card or, discard one and shoot at goal.
In order to shoot at goal you need either four of your team's jerseys; a set of jerseys comprising a midfielder, a striker and a defender, or a total of cards worth 30+ points.
To shoot, you select a ball card kicking the ball either to the left or right of the goal. To defend you select a right or left glove indicating which corner you will jump towards to save the ball. The cards are marked so that when you line them up and flip your card you can see straightaway if you have scored. See images below.
Manager - this card allows you to swap in one of your higher value substitutes.
Red Card - one of your opponent's cards is removed from the game
Yellow Card - one of your opponents's cards is placed at the bottom of the discard pile
Offside - draw two cards and discard two cards
Whistle - your opponent misses a turn and you go again.
If you are still on a no score draw when you have played through the deck twice (the two halves) first of all you play extra time (play once more through the deck). Still nil-nil? Then it goes to a penalty shoot out. Take it in turns to shoot at goal.
The shooting is my favourite part. Trying to second guess which card your opponent will play has meant that all those hours watching Derren Brown on the telly haven't gone to waste. Although at one point I caught my son out - I believed it was the intense staring that had psyched him out but actually I had got my left and right confused. So I also offer that as a tactic. No-one can guess what you're going to do if you have no idea yourself!
I grew up saturated with football (with a Scouse family it was inevitable) but I'm not the greatest fan myself. Still I really enjoyed this game and definitely if you love football this is one that has been lovingly designed for you. It is so much more than just football themed, instead it mimics a game of football using strikers, defenders and midfielders who must play together well to shoot, subs, red and yellow cards and the shoot at goal mechanism. If you want to get a football lover playing more games with you then this is definitely a way to tempt them in.
It's a fun, snappy little game and I can't wait to take it out to events and get people playing.
We are grateful to Caper Games for supporting Cards or Die by donating this copy of the game and also making a donation on our KoFi during this challenging time for the business.