My Little Scythe: Friendship is Magic
Game: My Little Scythe
- Designed by: Hoby Chou and Vienna Chou
- Illustrated by: Katie Khau
- 1-6 players
- 45-60 minutes
- Ages 6+
Seven Animal Kingdoms vie for trophies as war rages on the battlefield. Alliances are made and broken, pies laying waste to a great expanse of white, gray, green, yellow, red and blue. Apples and gems have been stolen. The time for war or friendship is at hand!
Okay, that got dark. I may have watched too many episodes of Game of Thrones.
My Little Scythe is a family game for 1-6 players created by Hoby Chou and his daughter Vienna Chou. In this game, you are one of the seven Animal Kingdoms of Pomme. This competitive game puts you in the role of the Seekers, two animals of your Kingdom, sent to prove your worth by achieving four trophies. These trophies can be earned from collecting gems and apples, improving your player mat, collecting magic spell cards, making pies, completing quests, earning friendship and winning a pie fight. There are eight different paths for players to choose from to achieve their four trophies.
Each player will have their seekers on the outer edges of Pomme. On their turn, they will decide what they will do on their player mat. They can choose to:
- Move: Move their Seekers, possibly collecting goodies along the way or encountering quests and possible battle.
- Seek: Rolling the dice to gain gems and apples, or to boost friendship, put the goods in locations that their opponents may be in.
- Make: Use your resources collected to move up in pies, magic or even power up your player mat with one of the Move/Make power up cards.
Once a player has placed all their trophies, everyone else gets a chance to try to catch up. If there is a tie, the player with the highest friendship wins. If they are tied in friendship, the winner is the one with the most gems and apples.
The artwork is beautiful. Each region has beautiful details of color on the board. Katie Khau did amazing work with the Kingdom of Pomme. As for the gems and apples, they are well made and are well done for a family game. The dice are well made and for a family game, this was made with love. The miniatures sculpted by Marchen Atelier bring a cartoonish and adorable look. They add to the experience, especially the little backstories and the painting guide.
Our Family’s Thoughts on My Little Scythe
Abigail, 12: Artwork is pretty cool. I kind of like that you have more than 4 trophy choices and that you don’t have to do them all. I don’t usually do many pie fights. Usually I go for the quests, making stuff, friendship and then whatever is most convenient. Recommendation: Try it.
Beth: I don’t like that it has a selfish motive for giving items to other people, because it is to earn points to win. Like the detail in the characters and the backstories of the animals and the kingdoms they are coming from. It’s just generally fun to play, with pie fights instead of anything violent. We are left with more laughing than any cutthroat remarks. I like that there are several different ways to earn trophies, so are different paths to take to win. Recommendation: Buy It!
Chris: I enjoyed this one. This is one of the games that if someone asks to play it, there is no groaning. One thing that I like is that the turns aren’t too long and that you can benefit by helping others. I notice that there becomes a competition with Abigail as we both act “nice” with each other with our friendship, but then the cards are off the table as soon as we get our friendship trophy. Another thing that I like is that every player starts with a card to help them with trophies. These cards make it easier for me to meet certain conditions in order to gain trophies. Recommendation: Buy It!
Daniel, 11: I like the portals and that they make it easier to travel around and gain gems and apples, also that you can make better options and do quests. Recommendation: Buy It!
Elijah, 8: I just like it, but I don’t like the pie fights because you lose friendship. I like it because of the little foxes (Kingdom of the Wolves) and the cards that get you stuff (power-ups), the one where after your turn you can give as many things as you want (apples and gems) to your partner. Recommendation: Try it.