Bahoochie! is an upcoming card from George Mackay, creator of the cartoon monsters known as “Eejits”. It’s a simple game that combines Slap-Jack with elements of the Top Trumps family of games, is played with 2-4 players, and a game can be finished in 20 minutes or less.
A deck consists of two types of cards, the Creature Cards and Bahoochie! Cards. The Creatures are dealt completely to all players involved, and the Bahoochie! cards are set in the middle. The youngest player goes first, picks one of the four categories listed on the top Creature Card in their deck (these cards are kept face-down except for the top card, which is in play) and says the number value to the other players. The other players respond in-kind, then everyone yells “Bahoochie!” before smacking the deck of the same name in the middle. The first person to get their hand on the deck draws the top card and follows the instructions. Once that has been done, the next round goes the same way as the first, and so on.
The Bahoochie! deck is where the game can change. Normally, the player with the highest value of the aforementioned category wins the trump (and collects the cards in play), but Bahoochie! cards can change how a round ends, by forcing players to hand over cards, switch decks or add points to the chosen category, to name a few.
The object of the game is to collect the entire Creature Card deck. If a player runs out of cards, they are out and the game continues until only one is left (again, very similar to Top Trumps).
While this game plays fast and is very family-friendly, it can get boring really quickly. The gameplay is just so repetitive and it’s easy to lose interest after just a couple rounds. Obviously, given the nature of the game, as well as the characters and names of categories, this one is meant to be silly and is geared toward the younger set, but depending on the age of your children, they may only want to play once or twice before they get bored.
The execution also needs some work, in my opinion. It’s too similar to at least two other card games, both of which are very repetitious and grow tiresome quickly. I never liked Slap-Jack as a kid, and it’s not any more fun now that I’m 34. And honestly, the only reason I ever bought a Top Trumps deck was because it was Doctor Who-themed and came in a collectible lunchbox that I really wanted (also, it was on clearance). We bust it out once in a while when our daughter wants to play games, but even then, we only play it once before moving on. I see this game falling into that same category.