Pusheen Purrfect Pick Review
Collect cards to create special moments in this adorable tabletop game.
We had the chance to check it out.
What is Pusheen Purrfect Pick about?
Pusheen Purrfect Pick asks players to collect cards to help Pusheen (the popular cartoon cat) and her friends create fun memories by going on trips, eating some tasty snacks, and more. The game supports 2-5 players, and it has an age recommendation of 8+.
How do you play this game?
Pusheen Purrfect Pick comes with a double-sided game board, with one side representing Pusheen’s house, and the other representing an outdoor park. You’ll need to choose which side to use before you begin, but the gameplay is the same for both sides.
To win Pusheen Purrfect Pick, players need to collect Snapshot Cards, which are each worth one or more stars. The first player to earn 10 stars wins. In order to collect Snapshot Cards, players need to first gather the “Essentials” Cards that each Snapshot Card requires.
Let’s break this down into more detail.
At the beginning of the game, the dealer places 12 Essentials Cards face up onto the game board. These cards may feature a single object (like a cupcake or rainbow) or a character like Pusheen, Sloth, or Pip, as examples. There are also Action Cards that immediately trigger specific actions when they’re collected, as well as Chest Cards that add one star to the player’s total.
On each turn, players can place the Pusheen figure onto one of six paw prints on the board, which determines which Essentials Card they can choose from on that turn. That is, each paw print is adjacent to four of the 12 cards on the board, so players need to place Pusheen on a paw print that will allow them to collect the specific card they’re after.
Each Snapshot Card requires players to collect two or more Essentials Cards. For instance, the “Cheeky Treat” Snapshot Card requires players to collect the Cheek and Cupcake Essentials Cards, while the “Surf and Turf” Snapshot Card requires the Dragonsheen, Pip, Sloth, and Mermaid Pusheen Essentials Cards. The more Essentials Cards a Snapshot Card requires, the more stars it's worth.
Four Snapshot Cards are up for grabs at any one time. Players need to use strategic thinking to determine which Essentials Cards to collect, and in what order, to collect the Snapshot Cards they want before their opponents can collect them first.
Each time an Essentials Card is removed from the board, a new one is drawn from the deck to replace it, so players always have 12 cards available to choose from on their turn.
If players don’t need or want any of the Essentials Cards that are currently on the board, they can draw a new Essentials Card from the deck. If they draw an Action Card, they must play it immediately by following the prompt on the card. These Action Cards may allow players to discard cards of their choosing from the board, take a card from another player, and so on.
If the card they drew was a regular Essentials Card, they can simply keep it in their hand until they need it. There’s no limit to the amount of cards players can hold at one time.
Would you recommend Pusheen Purrfect Pick to families?
We really enjoyed playing Pusheen Purrfect Pick. The game is easy to learn, and it doesn’t take long to play (it has an estimated play time of 30 minutes), but it still features enough strategic gameplay to make players think before taking each turn (this goes for adults, too). Plus, the game is simply adorable, with cute artwork on the Essentials Cards, and even cuter pictures on the Snapshot Cards.
If your family enjoys simple tabletop games -- or, if you’re looking for some entry-level games that can serve as stepping stones to more complex experiences -- we recommend checking this one out.
Pusheen Purrfect Pick is available for $19.99.
Disclosure: Ravensburger sent SuperParent a copy of Pusheen Purrfect Pick for coverage purposes.