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Score: 8.8/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 8797 - Draftosaurus
Developed by Ankama


Draftosaurus product reviews

Your goal in Draftosaurus is to have the dino park most likely to attract visitors. To do so, you have to draft dino meeples and place them in pens that have some placement restrictions. Each turn, one of the players roll a die and this adds a constraint to which pens any other player can add their dinosaur.

Draftosaurus is a quick and light drafting game in which you don't have a hand of cards that you pass around (after selecting one), but a bunch of dino meeples in the palm of your hand.

board game   dinosaurs   drafting   family   meeples   park   placement   points   strategy
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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 24th of January, 2021

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This Review: 8.8/10
Fun Factor:
Score 9 out of 10
Easy to Understand:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 7 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 9 out of 10

I asked my local board game shop for suggestions. Something that would be entertaining for a teenager, pre-teen and a younger child, required little to no reading, had enough to it to be challenging but easy enough for my special needs child to pick up the rules and play on their own, against the rest of us, and this is one that seemed to tick all the boxes. Draftosaurus is only going to be as long a game as it the time it takes everyone to decide which dinosaur they want to place on their board, so it is a handy little time filler. A big bonus for us is that it has 5 player boards, so no need to buy an expansion or make someone team up.

The number of players determines how many dinosaurs get thrown into the bag. You blind pick six dinosaurs each, then the dice gets rolled. Depending on what gets rolled will the effect the placement of one of your dinosaurs, except for the person who rolled the dice, who gets to ignore placement rules and can put it where ever they choose. This is not a game where you can easily plan your moves ahead, as once you have place a dinosaur, you hand all your remaining ones to the left (if there are only two players, then you discard one before passing them on). When all six have been placed, you then each draw out another six and so on, until you have twelve dinosaurs on your board.

The board itself, is double sided, one for an easier game and one for more experienced players. Within each board there are the pens, in which you place your little dino meeples. Each pen has its own little rule, so not only does the die affect your placement, but so does the pen and what you may score in points, if you can follow it. Happily, there is the river that you can throw them into should you be unable to place them in a pen that you would like to. All three kids have really enjoyed this, once you've grasped the basics, the board gives you enough that you don't need to keep checking the rules booklet. This game has been a hit.

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