Reviewed by Jenny Bray
Dobble beach is a waterproof version of their popular Dobble card game, made by Esdevium Games.
It is packaged in a box with the product on display so you can see the cards. It also comes with a mesh bag to store the cards in. I like that they include a leaflet with the history of how the game first came about and how it was adapted to what it is today. I like finding out about the history of things so that really appealed to me.
There are 30 round game cards. Each card has 6 symbols on and only one symbol ever matches between 2 cards. I find the concept of there only ever being one matching symbol between two cards fascinating. The symbols are different sizes on different cards which makes them harder to spot. The background of the cards is pale blue with a variety of holiday style symbols on such as sunglasses, a flip flop, a crab and a beachball. The back of the card is darker blue with the Dobble splat on it in paler blue with an eye in the middle. There are 5 different games that can be played with them, all of which are detailed in the leaflet.
The game is suitable for ages 4 and up and is for between 2 and 6 players. I have played this with all my family and they all love it, from 47 to 2 (although the 2-year-old hasn’t quite got the hang of it but likes to partner with me to ‘help’ me). My 7 and 5-year olds really like it. Due to the concept of the game it is a great family game where no age has an advantage over another. It’s just a case of being the first to spot the matching symbol.
I like that this version is plastic coated to be waterproof as it also protects the cards from damage when overzealous small people make a grab for the cards. I prefer this version of the cards than the ones in the original game as they are much more durable and will last longer. They’ll be great to use in our caravan, in all weathers and conditions and I’ll know they’ll be fine if I leave them in the awning even if it gets damp.
I also like that, even though there are only 30 cards, there are 5 different games that can be played with them. Obviously, they’re all of a similar theme but they’re different enough to get more out of the cards.
I have played the ordinary version of Dobble before but don’t own it. I knew the symbols on this version were different but it took me ages to work out why I thought it felt easier; it’s because this version only has 6 different symbols on each card whereas the original version has 8. This made it easier for my children to play it.
This is a great little game suitable for all ages that’s compact enough to easily fit in a bag yet versatile enough to keep all members of the family entertained.
Available to buy from Amazon here.