Yummy Yummy Pancake (Brandon Kempf)
Yummy Yummy Pancake
Designed by Yhan Goh
Art by Kyounghee Lee
Published by Korea Boardgames Co, Ltd
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Yummy Yummy Pancake for review by the publisher.
It's time for a pancake party!!!
Of the over 1200 games released at Essen Spiel 2017, I think it's safe to say that none of them, with the exception Yummy Yummy Pancake, came with a game piece fashioned after a frying pan.
Yummy Yummy Pancake is part dexterity game and a big part memory game. In Yummy Yummy Pancake 2-4 players will compete to remember which pancakes get flipped. In the box you get 36 pancake tokens, these are about half dollar sized and are of sturdy plastic, and each of those is stickered with one of five different toppings for your pancakes, Strawberries, Kiwis, Bananas, Blueberries & Chocolate Chips. Also in the box is a small plastic Frying Pan which serves at the main game piece in the game.
At the start of the game you will place all 36 pancake tokens faced down in the middle of the table, choose a starting player and that player will be the first chef. On a chef's turn you are going to do three things:
- Drawing Pancakes-The active Chef takes 8 Pancake Tokens and places them in the Frying Pan. If there are some Pancake Tokens left over from the previous player, just re-fill the pan up to 8. The active Chef also needs to make sure that all the Pancake Tokens are face up so everyone can see what toppings are on the Pancakes.
2. Flipping Pancakes-The active Chef is then going to take the Frying Pan and flip some pancakes. If a Pancake Token falls out, place it back in the Frying Pan face up, but if the chef tosses the pancakes and at least two of them end up face down, you are ready to move on to the next step. If the active Chef actually flips over 5 or more Pancake Tokens, that Chef gets to keep one Pancake Token as a reward.
3. Sharing Pancakes-The active Chef then picks one of the face down Pancake Tokens in the Frying Pan and looks at it without showing it to the other players. They may then ask anyone else at the table to name the topping on the Pancake Token. If the player gets it right, they get to keep the Pancake Token. If they get it incorrect, the active Chef gets to keep the Pancake Token. The active Chef must do this at least once with one player, they do not have to share with different people, that's completely up to the active Chef. Their turn ends when all of the face down Pancake Tokens have been shared.
Yummy Yummy Pancake ends when either one player has 12 Pancake Tokens or there are not enough Pancake Tokens to re-fill the Frying Pan to 8 on the next Chef's turn.
That's what there is to Yummy Yummy Pancake and while that may not seem like a lot, it sure is some silly fun when brought out to the table. There are a couple variants to play, there is the Chocolate Gamble, which basically allows the players or the active Chef to gain two Pancake Tokens and there is also a set of play mats that came with mine that make the game a bit more "strategic". You have to fill the play mat with the specific Pancake Tokens that are on the mat in order to win.
This review kind of goes along the same lines my review of Topito, as neither game is going to be the centerpiece of a game night, but there are a lot of laughs and good times to be had while playing these, and while Yummy Yummy Pancake may be seen as a simple little Memory game, it's actually a fun Memory game that gamers of just about any age can enjoy. It is a bit challenging sometimes, so the younger ones may want to have some help, and also those of us who can't remember yesterday may have a bit of trouble, but that's okay, it's supposed to be challenging or else it wouldn't be a good memory game, right? There are going to be times where your educated guess is the only way to go, you aren't going to 100% know what Pancake Token the Chef is holding, so it's not a perfect information Memory game either and that kind of works to even the playing field a bit. While those with better memories will know what the Chef holds, the fact that it could be 1 of 3 different ones kind of leads to some players making lucky guesses from time to time.
The components in Yummy Yummy Pancake are top notch and that Frying Pan may be one of my favorite components in any game, bonus is that it's completely perfect for the game, it's not just superfluously added. All in all, if you have kids that like playing memory games and you are a bit tired of the same old ones, give Yummy Yummy Pancake a look, then take it to your game night and watch all your older friends have a pretty darn good time with it as well.