Sketchy Tales: Disney Edition

Sketchy Tales: Disney Edition

Hey folks! Back again with another review. This time, we’re all drawing and trying to figure out what everyone else drew. This is a Disney edition game, so you know it is family friendly! It’s Sketchy Tales: Disney Edition. It’s a party game for 4-8 players and involves drawing, writing, and voting on your favorite interpretation. The game was provided by Big Potato Games to review.

  • Publisher: Big Potato Games
  • Players: 4-8 Players
  • Ages: 8+ (For reading and spelling, but 6+ can help a parent.)
  • Time to Play: 30 Minutes

Components

  • 66 Dry Erase Cards
  • 30 Character Cards
  • 30 Action Cards
  • 8 Mickey Mouse Clips
  • 8 Starting Dry Erase Cards
  • 8 Sketchy Pens
  • 2 Score Cards
  • 1 Rule Book

Set Up

  1. Give each player a sketchy pen, starting dry erase card, and clip.
  2. Remember your number on the back of your starting dry erase card.
  3. Each player placed the clip at the top of their starting dry erase card.
  4. Shuffle the action cards and form a draw pile.
  5. Shuffle the action cards and form a draw pile.
  6. Place the blank dry erase cards in reach of each player.
    1. Alternatively, you can give each player a blank card for each player in the game.

Game Play

  1. Each player draws a character card and secretly selects one of those characters.
  2. Each player draws an action card and secretly selects one of those actions.
  3. Each player draws their selected character doing the selected action on their starting dry erase card.
  4. After drawing, pass your piece of art face down to your player on the left, draw a blank dry erase card and get ready.
  5. Flip over the new card in front of you, and write out what you think it is. Place the dry erase card with your writing on top of the drawing.
  6. After writing, pass your best guess face down to the player on your left, draw a blank dry erase card and get ready.
  7. Flip over your new card in front of you, and draw what you read. Place this new drawing on top of the last guess.
    1. You’re alternating drawing and writing in this game.
  8. Keep up this process until you get your starting number back.

Scoring

Each player will take turns revealing their original character and action. Then in order showing how their story progressed from player to player.

Each player will will pick a card from their story they liked the best. It can be a drawing or description. That player earns 1 point. Use their number to mark it on the scoring card.

Next, if a player’s story starting point is the same as the final sketch card, that player earns 3 points.

When a player reaches points equal to the number of players, plus 2, then that player wins.

Final Thoughs

Let’s start with the components. I like that they included a lot of dry erase cards. In our games, we just used the same ones over and over. Wiping clean the cards between rounds. I like that the character cards are double sided and characters don’t repeat. Then, the action cards each have 4 options on them. So that’s 60 characters and 120 actions. It’s a lot of different possibilities meaning a lot of replay in the game. Sure, some players might have favorite characters they they pick more often when it comes around, but I believe there won’t be a same game played in this one.

The dry erase markers worked nicely when drawing. Erasers on the caps keep falling off. So just keep an eye on that when you’re playing.

Game play in general is easy enough to teach and play. I like that you’re either drawing or describing. It’s great because you’re trying to remember all Disney characters and try to best guess the character in other’s drawings. Then there’s the actions of these characters. They can be hard to draw, and I believe that’s the point. Everyone is doing their best drawing, and most the time it’s just as the name says sketches. Not the best, and if you squint an eye and tilt your head that totally looks like Pumbaa from Lion King! Being a small card too, puts everyone on the same playing field.

At first, I thought sliding the cards together and passing them around was going to be a problem. I’ve worked with a lot of dry erase boards and markers at my job to know how easy they can erase. That wasn’t an issue with this game. Now, after a couple plays, the cards started to get a black tint to them. Once again, due to the tricks of the trade I’ve picked up, a simple dot of hand sanitizer and paper towel cleans it up!

The one thing my group ran into was back-ups. Starting off, we all drew and passed when everyone was ready. Then we got comfortable with the rules. We would draw or write, then pass to the left when done. This works if everyone draws and writes at the same speed. It did cause quite the backup, having one player with 5 drawings waiting for their artistic touch. I would recommend either waiting for all players to be done before passing, or setting a timer and passing on the timer.

I really enjoyed this party game. It’s quick and fast to play. Plenty of variety when playing. If you’re a fan of Disney and party game, you’ll enjoy this one too! A ton of laughs around the table when going over the start and finish of games.

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