Over the course of the past month, we’ve stocked a bunch of new games at Game Point. We have choices perfect for playing in small groups of vaccinated friends or for your (hopefully) late stage Covid bubble. Check out our online shop or stop by the café (masked up please), grab a latte, and browse the shelves while you wait! One game that definitely deserves a look is Tussie Mussie . . .
Tussie Mussie was designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, before she became a megahit with those Wingspan birds, and is a ‘micro’ game from publisher ButtonShy Games. It is extremely portable – consisting of a small wallet filled with a couple dozen cards and rules. Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot of play in that small package! Read on to learn more about what this game has to offer!
The rules are pretty straight forward. Each player is striving to create the most valuable four card bouquet of flowers (apparently a Tussie Mussie is a small arrangement of flowers selected specifically to send a certain message to the receiver). During your turn, you create small offerings of flowers by drawing two cards, reading them, and offering them to another player – one face up the other face down. That player has to pick one card, without looking, and give you back what’s left. You need to try and collect cards that will score you points when combined with the rest of the flowers that you amass. Whoever has the most valuable four flower bouquet at the end wins the day!
This game has a lot going for it. The rules are easy to explain and understand but the game play gives you a lot to think about – which card does my opponent really want? How can I manipulate their choice? Can I score this card or should I try and get rid of it? As we mentioned earlier, it is easy to carry around and plays quickly, so Tussie Mussie can happen anywhere. Combine all that with the colorful illustrations and it adds up to the perfect game for an impromptu round or two on a park bench, or during a hiking break, or even just on the table at home. It’s available at Game Point now and retails for $11.99. Until next time, game on!