Published by: Mayday games
# of Players: 2 to 5
Garbage Day comes in a mini trash can that stores the cards and rule book. The can also acts as the game board for which you will be stacking cards on. While the game collectors may be annoyed by the can not fitting nicely with all the box games on their shelf, they will however be pleased with the quality and theme aspects of the can. The cards are a good card stock with a little texture on them that helps the cards grip each other. If you get your copy and see two holes in each of the cards do not worry. The holes are designed for gameplay. The art works very good for the theme and adds a little humor to the game. The rule book explains everything you need to know. I would not sleeve the cards because this would make the game increase in difficulty by a large margin. Garbage Day was designed with theme and fun in mind.
Garbage Day is card stacking, player elimination game. Each player will have a room card in front of them and will start out with a clutter of 3 in their rooms. This is represented by a card to the left of the room card. Each player starts with 2 cards in their hand and will draw a card during their turns. The goal of Garbage Day is to be the last person that has not exceeded their overflow limit. The overflow limit will change depending on player count, for example in a 4 player game a person is eliminated by having 4 or more cards fall off the trash can. During a player's turn, they will draw cards till they have 3 cards in hand. The player will then play a card. The top of the card will tell you how the card is played. Cards can be played on the trash can, in your room, or another player's room. When playing a card on the trash can, a player will carefully place the card using only one hand and the card must have both holes not covered up by any other cards. The garbage cards have a number showing how much space that card is taking up in your room. If your room meets or exceeds 10 total clutter after you have played a card, you must clean your whole room. As the above video will show, the player will have to play each card one at a time on the garbage can till all cards have been placed. Any cards that fall due to you attempting to place a card, or if you bump the table will end up in your overflow. After you play a card, the person to your left will take a turn and will keep going around the table till one person is left or the deck has ran out. There are also mischief cards that you can play on other players that have a special effect. This effect can be having to remove a card from the garbage stack without any other cards falling out, or moving your trash into their room. Garbage Day is a easy to learn, but provides much fun and great moments.
When I saw and read about Garbage Day I was thinking this is probably not a game for me. I have a tremor disorder that makes precise movements difficult. I am very glad I played this game. Yes it was slightly harder for me, but I was able to play just fine and got so much out of it. One player commented that the designer must have had a roommate that really pissed him off and this was his way of venting that frustration. Everyone had a blast playing, as you can see from the video examples. This is a game that the whole family will enjoy playing. Garbage Day is very easy to set up and clean up. (kind of ironic) While I had the limited edition with the shinny silver colored can, the regular green edition provides the same exact fun. I would highly recommend everyone give this a play and if you are a person who ends up playing games like Jenga or KerPlunk with family, this will be a great replacement of those games. This game would have stayed in my collection if I had not lost it to a bet. I will be getting another one for my collection to play with my family and friends. Picking up the garbage has never been this fun and simulates that awful roommate experience.
+ Unique gameplay
+ Easy to learn, set up and clean up
+ Watching someone have to place 10 or more cards on the can
+ A humorous theme that goes with the gameplay and components
- Smell and Gross Icons have no effect in the game and are not mentioned in instructions
- Having to go through the experience of a roommate who does this in real life
- Garbage Can makes it odd to store with rest of the games