Best Treehouse Ever Forest of Fun Preview (Brandon Kempf)
Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun
Published by Green Couch Games
Designed by Scott Almes
Art: Claire Donaldson, Andy Jewett & Adam P. McIver
Best Treehouse Ever is a fantastic, lightweight family game. It’s easy to teach, fun to play and at the end you are left with a feeling of accomplishment. You’ve actually built a treehouse right in front of your eyes! My family are fans of games where you physically build something on the table and this game has been a huge hit. It has not left the table in the last week or so since we received the preview copy. The art from Adam McIver is fantastic, colorful and whimsical. It evokes childlike wonder and further drives home the lightheartedness of the game.
I believe I said that back in March of 2015 or thereabouts. And you know what, it still holds true. Best Treehouse Ever is a fantastic little game, and you know what makes fantastic little games even better? Fantastic little expansions! And even better than that? Fantastic little expansions that can be played on their own, or with the base game and add enough variety to make everything seem fresh, yet still familiar and that’s what Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun does.
Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun(FoF from here on out) is the newest game launching to Kickstarter from Green Couch Games and yes, it is familiar and yes it is the first stand-alone expansion to one of Green Couch Games’ bestselling titles. To start out, with it being a standalone game means we are getting all new art on 60 new room cards, so when you feel like playing FoF as a standalone game just like regular BTE, you will have a brand new feel because of those brand new rooms.
Along with those new Room cards, you have 12 new rooms that you can add to either game to play with, these are Animal Rooms and these are going to give you some new ways to score points by building rooms adjacent to them of the same color, but you better be careful, if you don’t manage to build more than 1 adjacent room of the same color, they will cost you points.
The biggest change for everyone will be the new Forest Cards, these are game changing cards that give the individual holding it something specific to look for or a specific bonus power that allows them to change the rules of the game. For example, Skeleton Cliff will allow you to let your balance go one further spot to the left, or Mystery Falls which gives the player 1 additional point at the end of the game for each floor that has a water room. There are ten of these and they all do something just a little bit different to add more variety to the game.
That’s just the changes for the regular game, but you know what you can do if you have both BTE & FoF? Combine them and you can play 8 players, so get yourself a big table and spread out, you all are going to have some fun with a lot of treehouse building. I never got to try the 8 player version, but much like any other drafting style game, you have to think it isn’t going to add too much time to this wonderful family game. Oh, and I've heard possible rumors of a larger box, to hold both titles in one, but don't hold me to that one, Jason may be changing things up on us for the Kickstarter.
All in all, if you like Best Treehouse Ever, you are going to like Forest of Fun. It takes a wonderful, family friendly drafting game, and adds a little bit of spice to the mix and freshens it all up a bit. Personally, I've been really happy to preview this one for Green Couch Games as it has given us, as a family, more of a reason to keep on playing Best Treehouse Ever. Now, if you'll excuse me, I believe my Treehouse needs a new Escape Room.