Hello my Horror Gamers! This week’s game review is over the simple, yet stunning, card game titled Gloom. Gloom is a two to four player card game where the objective is to kill off your own characters before other opponents have the opportunity to make your players happy. The objective of Gloom is to make your family so unhappy and to die a gruesome death. The game ends when one player has all of their family dead. The player with the most negative number wins. This review will go over how to play, some basic rules, and what my personal opinion is on it. Hope you enjoy!
It starts off with four families, color coded by family name, and each family has different people. There’s a family that’s similar to The Adams Family, one that seems inbred, and a few others. Players choose a family to start out with, laying the cards face up in front of them. The cards are clear so it is easy to lay other cards on top and still be able to see the family members.
After everyone has chosen the family they want to play with, they draw their cards, and the game starts. Some cards have positive points, some negative points, death cards, and a few other playable cards. The positive cards are what you want to avoid on your own family completely. Each player gets a turn to lay down two cards. You can choose to put a positive card on your opponent’s family so that the family member is happy and enjoying life. You put negative cards onto your own family in order to torture them as much as you can. As the game progresses, you will draw death cards. Death cards have two different uses. One use is to kill off your own family member once they get a huge negative number in order to keep those points until the end of the game. The other way to play that card is to put it on your opponents family so that their character dies with positive numbers which are subtracted at the end of the game. It is a really great way to screw over your friends.
I absolutely love this game! The first time I played it was a few years ago with a great group of people and we immediately became addicted player five games in one night. It is a ton of fun torturing your own family and making your opponents family so happy that all they want to do is live. I’m a pretty morbid person so I love games like this. I give this game a ten out of ten solely because it’s a fast pace, easy to learn, and a gripping game that will keep you begging for more torture.
Until next time friends, stay scared.