Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
Quarrel is a game that will test your vocabulary against other players. Up to four players can compete with each other where the aim is to throw fancy words at other players to ensure victory. But that isn’t the only thing this game is all about, somewhere between the vocabularies, the developers have also added the warfare factor, which means you will be playing a game that is a bit of risk and bit of Scrabble. The mental exercise I went through while I did the review was great, however, the fun factor of the game quickly worn off.
If you have played the classic Risk board game, you will be immediately familiar with the basic mechanics of Quarrel. Each player takes their turn attacking others to gain control of territories. During the initial part of the game, players are giving 8 charming soldiers that they can use turn by turn to move and attack a territory. The difference here is that most battles in the game require you to play the Scrabble like game. Each player gets a set of 8 letters and anyone who can come up with a better, fancier word, wins the territory.
The complexity of the game begins when the player realizes that they can only come up with words if soldiers are on their space. If you attack a territory with a player that has only four soldiers, and you have seven, the outcome can still go to the one with lesser soldiers. In the end, it all depends on who can come up with a better word faster than the other. A timer also ticks down as the battle begin, giving a sense of pressure to the player. I felt that one on one battle that happened in the review, were the best.
The only annoying bit I faced while I did the review for Quarrel was that if I did not have enough soldiers, I couldn’t come up with a better word. So moving with a lot of soldiers together is always a good idea, which also means that the other territories cannot be taken by you. This is a fun game but requires a lot of word power to succeed, if you don’t have the right vocabulary, you may come out disappointed.