Gameday First Play – Go Nuts for Donuts

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”

~ Homer Simpson

Go Nuts for Donuts is a fast-paced card game for the whole family with just a sprinkle of strategy. Outsmart your opponents and collect donuts hot out of the oven for points. But beware, if two players go after the same donut, then no one gets it!

So a number of Donut cards are laid out, next to a number token.

Everyone has a hand of cards with numbers representing each token.

Players, after discussion, will simultaneously select a card face down and reveal.

The tokens and their related cards are resolved in order from 1 upwards. If one player played a card for that number they take that card and resolve it.

Most cards score points individually or points for sets or even negative points. But some have actions such as ‘Give a card to another player’ or ‘Take the top card of the discard pile’.

If more than 1 player plays a card of the same number that card is discarded. Any cards not taken or discarded remain where they were for the next round.

The row is refilled and another round is played and this continues until the deck runs out.

Players add up the total of their collected cards, most points win.

Positives

I like these bluff/double bluff games like Om Nom Nom, Dead Last or most recently King Frog etc Here you can play a card to try and win something good for yourself, or you can try and play a card to match another player to screw them out of the card they need, ha!

The cards are interesting. The set collection isn’t the usual ‘The more the better’ but instead they’re very up and down. For example, one card is worth nothing if you have an odd number but a LOT of points if you have an even number. Again, you can play abilities of other cards to make sure they have an odd number when the game ends 🙂

It’s adorable, a good game for families.

Negatives

There needs to be table talk before cards are played in order for it to be fun. Often in these games, some people play randomly and upset the balance of the whole game. If they don’t know what they’re picking how can you plan for it?

Very light for a gamers game, but as I said good for families.

Summary

Light and fun, but probably no long-term appeal.

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