Friday, September 29, 2023

Find Your Perfect Match With ‘Soulmates’

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Which one of your friends is actually your soulmate? Published by Chili Island and designed by Johannes Berger and Julien Gupta, Soulmates is here to help you find your match! Whether you’re with a large group of friends or one other person, Soulmates is a lot of colorful fun that has the potential to go on for hours.

Contents of the 'Soulmates' box.
Contents of the ‘Soulmates’ box.

What’s In the Box?

  • 130 Scenario Cards
  • 20 Evaluation Cards (4 of each color)
  • 20 Ego Chips (4 of each color)
  • 10 Player Boards
  • 50 Friend Chips
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 1 Joker Chip
  • Soulmates Rule Booklet

How’s It Play?

Each player chooses a color (Red, Yellow, Pink, Green, or Turquoise) and grabs the evaluation cards and the ego chips that match. Players will also find the player board that has their color and the color of the person next to them on it and put them between the players. The person who likes soul music the most will go first, and the game will move through the players counter-clockwise until the round is over.

Start of the first round of Soulmates
Start of the first round of Soulmates

After shuffling the scenario cards, the first player will draw two cards from the deck and pick the one that fits the group best, discarding the other. They will then choose the answer to the question, and place the corresponding ego chip letter down in front of them. The rest of the players will then try and guess the first player’s answer by putting an evaluation card face down next to the chip.

The first player’s choice is revealed

The first player will then reveal their answer, and anyone who guessed correctly will get a friend chip to put on the player board that they share with the first player. The rest of the round has the other players answer the same scenario until everyone has answered and guessed what the other players will choose.

End of the first player’s turn

At the end of the round, if any players chose the same answer for the scenario, they will add another friend chip to their stack. At the end of the game, the players that share the most friend chips are the winners, and they are each other’s soulmates!

Green and Turquoise had the same answer to the scenario, so they earn an extra friend chip at the end of the round.

The Verdict?

Overall, Soulmates is a really fun game that is super simple to learn and makes for a great party game. While we played a three-player game for this review, the rulebook also gives instructions for a two-person game, so you can still have fun with a smaller group.

With there being so many scenario cards it’s easy to play the game over and over again after all of the chips are handed out. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know your friends better even if you’re already close! Because there are so many scenario cards, you’re bound to find a topic that you’ve never considered before with them or yourself.

The entire aesthetic of the game is also very well-rounded, and not a single card or piece feels out of place in the game. The design themes carry into the rule book as well, and there was clearly a lot of care put into how the game would look which makes the whole experience that much more fun.

You can grab a copy at Noble Knight Games or your FLGS.

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  • Kathryn

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