Published by: Junk Spirit Games
# of players: 2-6
Mayday Card sleeve size: Std Card Size
I am always skeptical of games from Kickstarter that are not from a company that has been established for some time. JunKing impressed me with the component quality and the art. JunKing is a card game that requires no other components. The cards are of a high quality with a textured finish. The box holds everything nicely and is extremely sturdy. My favorite part is the art. This is a game that will attract kids to play. The art reminds me of cartoons from the 90s and early 00s. The art is very colorful and the box will grab your attention. The rule book covers everything you need to know about the game. The rule book contains lots of great illustrations to help explain the game and guide you through every step of the game.
The goal in JunKing is to get the most points. You obtain points from junk you have equiped, junk you add to your hoard pile, and the crown. The crown is worth 10 points and ends the game. If you get the crown, you have a 95% chance of winning the game as an average game has a person scoring 10 to 20 points total. The rule book recommends playing games equal to the number of players to determine an overall winner with total points from all the games, or keep playing till someone reaches 50, 75, or 100 points.
JunKing delivers on what it was designed for. This game was designed for families to enjoy, laugh and introduce some strategy into a game. This is a great filler game to play with your kids ages 7 to early teens. The colorful art and humor that is found on the card's flavor text will make them want to play this again and again. Is this for your group of hardcore gamers' game night? Probably not, but it may be a nice filler when waiting for others to show up or finish their game. I do not like that the crown is worth 10 points. The crown makes it feel like the rest of the game did not matter but was just a game to see who can get the crown. Playing a series of games can fix this or use a variant to change the number of points the crown is worth. Besides that issue, I found the game fun and played smoothly. This game will not be staying in my collection, but that is because I am going to give it to a friend who has kids. That is where this game deserves to be and will be most appreciated. I really enjoyed the art, humor and quality of everything. This is an example of how to put a great quality self-published game.
+ Colorful eye grabbing art
+ light filler game to play with kids
+ rule book explains everything in detail and with illustrations
+ Good entry point to help learn strategic thinking or thinking ahead
- The crown being worth 10 points
- Game feels like it needs to be played multiple times rather than one play
- Too simple for your seasoned gamer