Review – Gasha
|Jason Levine (II)
|Christine Alcouffe, Miguel Coimbra
|25th Century Games
|Family Card Game
Ever wanted to have unlimited quarters? Me too. Ever wanted unlimited quarters specifically for those little toys that come in plastic spheres (called Gasha in Japan)? Me neither, but this game made me think about it! Collect little toys from dispensers for set rewards and turn in tickets for bonuses in Gasha!
Players take on the role of toy dispenser collectors in Japan. In the center of the play area, there will be 4 piles of Gasha (toys from dispensers) cards, and 4 piles of set reward cards. The set reward cards show what sorts of toys you’ll need to discard and how many victory points you’ll receive if you’re able to collect the card.
On your turn, you’ll either draw 2 Gasha cards or turn in Gasha cards that match a set reward card. If your set reward card has a ticket on it, and you already have another set rewards card with a ticket on it, you get to take a bonus chip which could grant you an additional turn or victory points. The game ends when there are no bonus chips, no victory-point cards in the deck, or not enough Gasha cards for 4 different piles.
Perhaps the most exciting part of Gasha is drawing the 2 Gasha cards. It’s fun when you get the toy you wanted, and what makes it more fun (and strategic) is that the back of each card has 2 or 3 icons which tell you what sort of toy you might be getting. Maybe it’s the LEGO collector inside of me, but my wife also testified to the same sort of joy when getting the toy she wanted for whatever set reward card she was going for.
There’s not a ton of strategy here, but the joy of Gasha is in finding the toys you’re looking for. If more intense players wanted to, they could try and calculate what set reward cards their opponents are going for, but the higher the player count the trickier that gets.
Gasha reminds me of the Fruity PEBBLES cereal. It looks fun, and it is fun, but it’s not substantial, and you wouldn’t ever want more than a bowl or 2 of it. It’s also great for the young and young-at-heart. Check it out if you’re interested in toy dispensers or looking for a game to teach your kid. The box says 7+, but our 5-year-old was able to play it with very little help and found the theme and toy-hunting very enjoyable.
25th Century Games kindly provided a review copy.
The Bottom Line
Gasha is fun, nostalgic, and kid-friendly in spite of it's insubstantialness.