Review – A Dog’s Life

Posted on by Jesta

An action point allowance, pick up and deliver game.

Title: A Dog’s Life

Year Published: 2016

Designer: Christophe Boelinger

Publisher: BETON GAMES

Players: 2-6

Game Time: ~60 mins

Set-up Time: ~2 mins

Ages: 6+

Theme: Dogs

Mechanisms: Action Point Allowance, Pick Up and Deliver

How to win: Bury 3 bones in your Den first

Game Description

A German Shepherd, a Poodle, a Whippet, a Boxer, a Labrador, and a Fox terrier take a break from their masters in order to experience an adventure in town.

But they aren’t used to taking care of themselves though. They need you, your family, and your friends to care for them!

Set Up, Game Play & Game End

Round Up

This is a simple game from the designer of Archipelago… A VERY different game, or is it? Mechanically and Thematically, yes very different and obviously Archipelago is MUCH heavier…

But it’s a bunch of simple mechanisms with some EVIL game play where in order to win, you need to stab your fellow Dogs in the back.

You can Beg, search Bins and Deliver Newspapers to get bones to win the game and that’s easy. All of the players will do that.

But, if you really want to win, you need to pee on lampposts to cut off your opponents path to victory and fight them to make them drop their bones. You have to be a bit of a bully really.

You also need to play to your Dogs strength, don’t be the bully when you’re a puppy. If you’re weak but adorable you need to beg, that’s your strength 🙂


A very fun game that can be enjoyed by all people of ages and abilities.

I give it 6/10

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