Board Game Gumbo is pleased to present another review from one of our newest members of the Krewe de Gumbo, Jay Bell! Jay is a game designer and graphic designer living (for now!) in Lafayette, and is our Acadiana’s foremost Potion Explosion player as well as a cookie connoisseur. You can reach him on Twitter @TheJayBell or find out more information about him at his design page, Clover Spark.

TLDR: If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly game, you can’t really go wrong with Frenemy Pastry Party. There’s light drafting, tons of decision making, and a nice cooperative element that balances the ultimately competitive point scoring and private objectives. As for the art and aesthetics, they’re utterly scrumptious.

You know what’s nice? Cake! You know what’s debatably even better than cake? Cute creatures! Fremeny Pastry Party takes both of those and encourages the best of friends to torment each other with the trickiest of decisions.  Frenemy Pastry Party is a 2019 game designed by Jesse Li, with art by Lazy Cat Amix and Sherry Huang, and published by Solis Game Studio for three to six players that takes 15-30 minutes to play. Solis Game Studio was kind enough to provide us with a review copy.

(Editor’s note: you can check out our previous review of another Jesse Li favorite, The Flow of History, right here, plus a recap of one of our plays of Ponzi Scheme here.). 

I was a little surprised to see that Chris Solis had a hand in this one. It doesn’t really fall into the battle deck style of games he’s known for, but with Jessica Solis they’ve published a nicely balanced, easy-to-learn card game that does have the slightest pinch of battling. I guess you could call it, “A Solis Game Studio secret ingredient.” Things can get surprisingly strategic once you sink your teeth past the icing.

Click here for the blog post and more pictures taken by Jay Bell from the game!



Originally posted at Punch Board Media