Words by Hannah Angelique Bacani
Photos by Caitlin Rodil
What did we do to deserve dogs? In whatever size or shape they come, their cuteness, loyalty, companionship and occasional stupid quirks never fail to make our day–no, our lives. And as if these real-life adorable creatures are not enough for a lifetime worth of happiness, here comes a doggo-inspired card game that proves how much we don’t deserve them.
It’s a tragedy to be allergic to dogs. But say no more if you are because Space Dogs is here to save some poor, unfortunate hoomans like us! Space Dogs is a 2-4 player card game that combines the galactic brilliance of outer space and the adorable company of dogs. So you’re allowed to enjoy some pupper goodness minus the sneezing and wheezing.
Here’s how you play it:
Every player in the game is a dog agency owner and your mission is to find earthly homes to the space dogs by completing the requirements in each contract.
Earth and Space Cards
The game comes with two sets of cards –the space pile and the earth pile. The cards in the earth pile serve as contracts that every player can complete. It contains the categories of dogs and power-ups the players need to collect to complete the contract and send a space dog home.
The space pile consists of dog cards with more than over 30 dog breeds that are searching for homes; train cards that could level up the friendliness, intelligence, and health of the dogs; and event cards that could turn the game around when played.
Doggo Do’s and Don’ts
At the beginning of the game, each player is given five (5) space cards and in every turn, they draw two (2) more cards from the space pile. During their turn, players have a maximum of three (3) actions. They can either play a dog card, train a dog, play an event card, or transfer cards from one contract to another. At the end of the turn, players can have a maximum of nine (9) cards in hand.
Each contract comes with a certain number of points when completed. The first player to reach 10 points wins the game.
Now, there’s nothing like the amount fluff and dog drool that comes with petting a real-life pupper, but Space Dogs offers a nice compromise.
This easy-to-play card game comes with an adorable aesthetic and a game that every dog lover would enjoy. We might not deserve dogs, but we surely deserve the kind of fun that comes with this card game!
Check out Space Dogs card game and let us know what you think in the comments!