Gobblet Classic Edition Board Game Review
I’d never played Gobblet before, but the “Deluxe Limited Edition” looked “classy” in pictures and the game itself sounded interesting. I figured I could leave it out on a coffee table, since it’s easy for two people to pick up and play — much more accessible than Chess. Now that I own it, I wouldn’t suggest buying this game thinking you are getting a super-high quality, well-built, classy toy. I was very disappointed in the build quality.
First of all, it has an extremely strong lacquer smell right out of the box and also comes coated in a dusty residue. There were several dings and imperfections in the wood itself, and the actual finish is not great. It looks like it was either not sanded well or the lacquer was spray-painted on; it is just not that smooth and even.
Since it’s wood, you’d think it’d be more durable than your typical plastic game, but I have my doubts. The pieces themselves are very thin wood and would probably be susceptible to cracking or breaking completely if dropped on a hard surface. The storage box and lid are thin as well.
At first glance this is still one of the best looking games in my collection, but up close it’s nothing to write home about. It hasn’t earned it’s spot out on the coffee table based on looks, but it will definitely be one of the first games I grab when I’m headed to a friend’s house.
Would I recommend it? Sure. The game itself is simple to learn, quick, and portable. However, don’t pick up the classic edition thinking it’s the bomb-diggety because any edition of Gobblet will likely be just as good, and probably cheaper.