The Fox in the Forest Review

The Fox in the Forest is a trick-taking game from Renegade Games, a publisher who are on fire right now. Does The Fox in the Forest come up to par with many of their other games? Let’s see.

So first off in case you’re not familiar with the term, a trick-taking game is a card game (or sometimes other types of games) in which players compete to make up a specified set of cards in a particular way and then claim that ‘trick’ (or at times lose that trick). In The Fox and the Forest, the tricks consist of just two cards that form the trick.

A strictly two-player game, The Fox in the Forest sees players claiming tricks over multiple rounds to get 21 points for the win. Setup is a shuffle of the 33 cards (11 cards of each of the 3 suits), with 13 dealt to each player. The 7 remaining cards are placed face down on the table with the top ‘trump’ card revealed. The trump suit will generally win over all other suits, so even a lower number trump suit will beat a non trump suit card.

The cool thing about The Fox in the Forest is, some of the cards (all odd numbered cards) also feature special actions that will switch up gameplay, meaning not everything hinges merely on the trump suit. It’s a really clever game.

As well as all of this going on, you also need to worry about the amount of trumps you’re going for. Scoring too many makes you greedy and you’ll score no points at the end of a round. A mid range win will actually get you more points with the sweet spot of 7-9 tricks scoring you 6 points and a low win of only 0-3 tricks will score you 6 also.

Score points by winning more tricks than your opponent, but don't get greedy! Win too many tricks, and you will fall like the villain in so many fairy tales. - Renegade Game Studios

I’ve played so many games of this now and in the beginning I was losing in silly ways, like winning loads of tricks, only to realise my opponent was feeding me them, so they would win loads of points and I would get nothing. Once you’re sitting on 9 tricks, it’s nigh-on impossible to avoid that last trick pushing you over the edge. So clever.

The components are Renegade Game Studios quality, meaning they’re top notch, A nice slip top box, good quality card stock and tokens. The artwork is really classy (by Jennifer L. Meyer) and adds to the game, though it really could have been anything.

"it’s a game so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a fox…. In the forest" - Angela

I’m not usually a big fan of trick-taking games, but there’s so much going on here with just the 33 cards, I’ve found The Fox in the Forest a joy to play. If you’re looking for a travel size two-player game for you and your partner or friend, don’t overlook this title. As the name might suggest, it’s a game so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a fox…. In the forest.

It’s unusual to find a two-player trick-taking game and for one that does it this well at that player count, well, it’s a miracle. Renegade Game Studios has once more nailed it with gameplay, quality and fun. The Fox in the Forest is a 'must buy' for two-player gamers and a 'definitely check it out' for those who usually play in larger groups. It’s a really sweet warm up game, that takes minutes to play (you can easily tweak it for shorter or longer play time).

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