Matcha card game review

“Matcha” is a cute little 2-player card game based around the premise of a Japanese tea-party (matcha = tea). The overall goal is to collect utensils (chadogu) to make a tea set and thus perform the tea ceremony (otemae).

Match card game by Grail Games - Board game and card game reviews AustraliaGrail Games do quality and Matcha is no different.

Setup & Gameplay
Setup is simple, with the placement of the cards, there are 26 cards in the entire game, so it’s a small affair. Eight of the cards are tatami or table cards, these are used to set out the play area, so play cards are actually just 18. Each player gets 5 cards and another 6 are placed on the tatami. Every card has clear values demarcated in the top left corner and it is the matching of these symbols or numbers that dictates gameplay.

Players take it in turns to play their cards beneath / above the ceremony table they are working on (or passing if they want to wait until later given play is 6 tables and you have 5 cards). On the reveal players work out whether they have matched a particular thing, thus gaining a particular token. It sounds slightly complicated, but it is in fact extremely simple, play a card each, check who matched, if two people are vying for the same ingredient, scoring is easily marked on the card.

Game Build Quality
As with all games in the Grail Games Mike series, the quality is great, a proper solid slip top box and nice – slightly textured – card stock means “Matcha” is a good quality game. If we had to find a negative it would be the rulebook, a few more pages and slightly larger font would have worked wonders. It should also be noted that the tokens are beautiful quality.

Matcha card game by Grail Games - Component qualityMatcha by Grail Games – Look at those gorgeous components, very slick.

Gameapalooza House Rules
Tie-break rule, most tokens wins, over most tea leaves wins.

Players 2
Ages: 10+
Setup Time: A couple of minutes
Play Time: 15-20 minutes

Overall
We really enjoy playing “Matcha”. Of all the Grail Games Mike series we’ve covered this one is probably our favorite. There’s a little bit of depth here for such a small game, but it’s kind of soothing to play, there’s no real rush with it, kind of like the lovely tea party setting it revolves around. Try it if you get the chance because it’s an Australian published game, we’d even say give it a purchase if you’re looking for a nice, tight, pretty two-player game. It’s a lovely little thing.

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