Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants tabletop game review:
If there’s one thing that can ruin a good picnic it’s ants (and flies if you live here in Australia). Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants sees players taking on the roles of those ants in a cool dice rolling dexterity game.
The objective of Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants is to steal the best food from the picnic. Each player gets a really nice set of coloured dice that represents their ant colony. An ant colony consists of a soldier die (the largest and they don’t get tired). Six-sided worker dice have the most ants on their faces, so they are great, but not as bulky as that 12 sided soldier. The scouts are small six-sided dice, their ability is they can be rerolled if they fail to touch some food.
Setup is super easy. You shuffle the picnic cards and lay them out dependent on the number of players. The picnic cards are placed with gaps between the different foods.
In 6 rounds players see their ants battle to nab as much food as possible. Players roll their colony dice onto the picnic area, trying to land on certain cards. Knocking ants away from food isn’t easy, but it sure feels great when you manage it.
Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants is a dice rolling dexterity game, that cleverly incorporates a set collection mechanic, thus making it slightly scalable. Scoring cards will say what the player is aiming for in a round and if you're playing with younger kids (as I did) you can simply leave these out). Adult games will enjoy the additional level of complexity however.
Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants is an adorable dexterity game that can be played by the whole family. Needless to say the quality of this one is superb, because it comes from Kids Table Board Games. They also did Food Fighters which we reviewed awhile ago. If you happen to own that game the box for Problem Picnic is the same size, making for nice placement on your shelf. The whole thing is just gorgeous really and the dice are not stickered! Great quality.
Dexterity games can be hit and miss (pun intended), but this one isn’t overwrought with nonsense, it’s very straightforward. Roll your dice, trying not to overshoot the picnic area, take out other ants if you can, collect the food you need to score highest.
Whilst Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants is certainly accessible for all gamers, don’t be fooled into think it's an easy game. If you’re not a dexterity game fan, this one won’t be for you, if you don’t mind them however it's definitely worth a try, especially if you have younger gamers in the house.
And yeah, I got beaten by a 3 year old.