The Goonies is one of the greatest children’s movies of all time – although you can probably enjoy it equally as an adult – and almost a Christmas movie because it has that unique sense of wonder and joy that that time of year brings. It’s a bonafide classic.
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So what better way to spend Christmas day with your family than playing a Goonies adventure card game that you just bought them? To be honest, it would be really cool if it didn’t sound extremely complicated and easy to screw up, but that’s probably more fun than playing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire/Pictionary/Trivial Pursuit/Monopoly/whatever for the 12th year running.
Here’s what it’s all about, and a video that actually kinda teaches you how to play:
In THE GOONIES: Adventure Card Game, you play as a ragtag group of kids from the Goon Docks neighbourhood of Astoria, Oregon. You must join together on a quest to find the treasure of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willy so that you can save your homes from demolition! You will need to keep your wits about you and use your unique skills to avoid One-Eyed Willy’s booby traps and also stay one step ahead of the Fratellis, a family of criminals intent on claiming the treasure for themselves.
As players, you will each represent a member of The Goonies, and you must all work together as a team. Unlike most games, in The Goonies: Adventure Card Game, players do not take individual turns. You will collectively pool your cards to take team actions, working each turn to clear obstacles, move between locations, evade the Fratellis, and map a path to the ship of One-Eyed Willy.
To win, you must discover the treasure at each of the five locations, and successfully store them along the paths you’ve previously mapped. Each turn, more obstacles will appear — maybe even the Fratellis! You will lose if there are ever five obstacles present at any one location, or if there are five total Fratelli cards in play, or if you exhaust the encounter deck.
I mean yeah they say it’s pretty easy to pick up, but I’m not so sure. Might be kinda fun to give it a shot anyway because you know everyone loves The Goonies so they’ll be excited just because of that.
If you can be bothered you probably wanna try and be the guy who controls the rules the first time because that that means you’ll definitely win, although it seems like you’re playing as a team so there isn’t really a winner because either everyone wins or everyone loses. But I suppose you can probably make it easier for yourselves to win if you’re in control and it gets really boring real quick. Always gotta think about those things because that’s a definite possibility with these kinds of agate.
What about the rumours of a Goonies sequel though? Think that will ever see the day.