Review – Ghosts Love Candy Too
Just "Boo," no "boo-hoo."
|Publisher||25th Century Games|
In Ghosts Love Candy Too, players will take on the role of ghosts trying to get candy from the local neighborhood kids on Halloween night! These, however, are kindly ghosts, and don’t want to scare any kids. Can you take their candy without frightening them?
To set up, you’ll place some neighborhood kids out in the play area and give each player their chosen ghost’s cards (numbered 1-9). You’ll also put some candy above each kid and give each player a player aid card that doubles as a score sheet. Each ghost likes different candy, so you’ll want to grab as much as you can of the candy your ghost likes best!
To play, each player will select a ghost card and reveal them simultaneously. Whoever has the highest numbered ghost card places their ghost first. When you place a ghost on a kid, you get to take all their candy, but watch out! Each kid has a bravery number. If your ghost scares that kid, you have to add the kid to your end-game stash, which usually results in negative points for you. Regardless of whether you scare the kid or not, most kids have a bonus action you can perform after you’ve placed a ghost on them.
There’s some entertaining strategy on when to play your ghosts. If you play your 2 ghost, you likely won’t scare any kids, which is good, but you’ll also likely not get the best candy, which is bad. However, picking your 8 ghost might be a bad idea because you could end up scaring a kid and taking those negative points.
The components are solid. The candy bag is nice, and the oversized kids cards are great because they can properly feature the fun artwork and cheesy quotes. The kids deck also doubles as a nice Halloween costume generator! Having the player aid cards double as candy-scoring cards was a brilliant move by Danny Devine, who designed the game and did the art for it.
There’s not a lot of depth here. Ghosts Love Candy Too has a nice theme and family-friendly gameplay, but the strategy boils down to 3 simple areas: choosing your ghost card, choosing what candy to take, and deciding if there’s any kid powers you want to try and activate. If you’re looking for an easy-to-learn, cute Halloween-themed game, Ghosts Love Candy Too isn’t a bad option, but you’re not missing much if you decide not to play this one.
25th Century Games kindly provided a review copy.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for an easy-to-learn, cute Halloween-themed game, Ghosts Love Candy Too isn’t a bad option, but you’re not missing much if you decide not to play this one.