Bugs on Rugs
So many bugs crawling around on beautiful rugs! Ants like to travel in big colonies. Fireflies love the bright rug colors. Spiders are always on the lookout for juicy flies. Nine different bugs in all, and your job is to make sure all of them get what they want!
Players take turns drafting bugs from the Floor into their hand to make different sets; each bug type scores differently at the end of the game. At the end of each round there will be one leftover bug… it crawls onto the Wall, where its unique power activates to change things up! At the end of the game players reveal their bug collections and we see who has made the most valuable hand of creepy crawlers!
Simple rules, short play time, and lots of different ways to create cool scoring combos make this a perfect casual filler for players of all types.
Drafting, Set collection
Bugs on Rugs is a small card game for kids and families. With adorable artwork and rapid-fire gameplay, this drafting game is an enjoyable experience in the vein of the popular Sushi Go.
Look at this baby larva, with its big eyes and rosy cheeks.
D’awwwww, so cute, right? Bugs on Rugs is a drafting game full of cute critters like it. In this game, players take turns choosing bug cards from a face-up tableau, in an effort to collect sets and earn the most points.
To start, each player receives 1 bug card at random. A number of other cards are dealt face-up to form “the floor,” basically, the main card display from which players draft. The rest of the deck is set aside, and 1 card is flipped over next to it to form “the wall.” Throughout the game, when a bug goes to the wall area, it executes its special ability, which is shown at the bottom of the card.
Starting with the first player, everyone selects 1 bug from the floor to add to their hand. Then, in reverse order, they do it again, such that everyone picks up a total of 2 bugs, and 1 is leftover. This leftover card is moved to the wall, and its power is activated.
As players collect bug cards, they try to form certain sets. Each bug type has its own unique scoring criteria, a few of which I’ll list below as examples:
BUTTERFLIES – Each butterfly card is worth 1 point per bug type the player has exactly 1 of.
ANTS – The player with the most ants scores 5 points each. The player with the second-most scores 3 each, and everyone else scores 1 each.
FLIES – Each fly is worth a flat 2 points.
SPIDERS – For each spider card a player has, he/she may discard a fly to score 7 points. (Thematically, the spider eats the fly.)
BEETLES – If a player ends the game with an even number of beetles, then each one is worth 5 points. Otherwise, if the number of beetles is odd, each one is worth 2 points.
Each type of bug has its own unique wall ability, as well. To list a few of them:
FIREFLIES – When a firefly goes to the wall, all players discard a card from their hands to the floor. These cards will be available to be drafted in the coming round.
FLIES – All players pass a bug card to the right.
LADYBUGS – All players draw a bug card from the deck.
And so on and so on. Every bug type has both a scoring criteria and a wall power. For the sake of readability, I did not list all of them, but hopefully, these give a sense of how they work.
Somewhere in the deck is a card labeled “END” – it is seeded at a certain depth, according to the number of players. When this card comes up, the end-game is triggered. Depending upon when it is revealed, the game will either end immediately, or after 1 final round. At this time, players calculate their scores, and the person with the most points wins!
Bugs on Rugs is a nice little game. It’s pretty simple – just pick cards and try to make sets with them – but it‘s still a good time. It reminds me a lot of Sushi Go, super lightweight and fast, and full of cutesy characters!
This game definitely fits the publisher’s “Kids Table” notion well. I could easily see a group of adults playing a strategy game at one table, and their little ones playing Bugs on Rugs at the other. For that younger audience, I think this game will go over very well. It is easy enough to understand, but it provides a good introduction to drafting and set collection. Moreover, kids can learn the importance of watching what their opponents take and weighing their options accordingly.
The biggest negative I have is that this game has a lot of symbology for what it is. None of the scoring criteria or wall powers are that complex, but there still seems to be a lot of iconography on every card. I suppose it’s necessary to the game, but I just wish it was a little cleaner visually.
All in all, though, Bugs on Rugs is a fine game. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but if you’re looking for a quick-playing game with some adorable artwork, this might be one to check out.
A review copy was provided by Kids Table BG.
+ Adorable artwork
+ Fast-moving gameplay
+ Simple ruleset
- Lots of iconography, more than most games of this weight would have
- Does not feel much different than other light card drafting games