Confetti

Confetti splash screen
Players:
1-4
Multiplayer:Yes, pass-and-play
AI:Yes, two modes: normal and hard
Universal App:No
Purchase for iPhone:None available. Buy an iPad now!
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Price: Free
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Confetti, 6.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

Confetti is a fast-paced abstract card matching game, based on the Russian board game of the same name. Designed for all ages, it’s very easy to learn, but requires lightning-quick thinking. We have 5 copies of the game to giveaway, courtesy of the developer. Scroll down to find the giveaways widget.

Confetti splash screen

GAMEPLAY

Confetti’s plot is very simple: gain as many points as possible, by collecting matching sets of three coloured symbols using the available cards. There are two difficulty modes which determine the card configuration: normal and hard. In normal mode, each card has three intertwined circles on it of a different size and colour. You need to match a small, medium and big circle of the same colour to gain one point. In hard mode, each card has three different shapes on it of a different size and colour (e.g. yellow star, blue square, red hexagon). Not only do the colours have to match, but so do the shapes in order to win a point.

Easy to learn, difficult to master!

Easy to learn, difficult to master!

At the start of each round, the deck is shuffled and laid face up in the middle of all players. Each player has six available slots, one for each card. Players can simultaneously claim cards from the pile and swap them around as much as they like. However, when the timer runs out, all selected cards are final.

Two players, normal mode

Two players, normal mode

In both normal and hard mode, the best combination is three points on three cards. For example, if you are quick enough to spot and grab the three cards that each have red, blue and orange circles, you’ll gain three points – one for each matched set. Achieving this can be very tricky, and the key to winning is paying attention to what’s in the pile and what your opponents have chosen. The most points any one player can gain is six points (two full sets of three).

Four players, hard mode

Four players, hard mode

As each round lasts just one minute, it’s a quick-fire game, making it ideal to play as a warm-up on game night. Pro-tip: if playing with younger children (e.g. under 7), increase the timer to allow them extra thinking time, as this will avoid frustration and arguments. Conversely, you can decrease the timer and play only hard mode with older players who want a greater challenge.

IMPLEMENTATION

Confetti has clearly been designed with children in mind, as emphasised by the colourful visuals and simple mechanics. This is no mean feat; creating a simple yet stimulating experience that appeals to children and adults alike is incredibly difficult to achieve. Confetti pulls this off effortlessly, bringing to mind Reiner Knizia’s logic games. Perhaps this is why we like it so much (I played the review copy with my family on game night).

Game setup screen

Game setup screen

For a full game selling at 69p/99c, there’s little not to love. The only gripes we had aren’t deal-breakers: cheesy elevator music, card sensitivity and the lack of online multiplayer. Sure, you can mute the music in-game, but this also mutes game sounds, which we found disappointing. When playing with four players, we did find the cards were a little too responsive, which meant we struggled at times to grab the exact cards we wanted. Having said that, we were pleasantly surprised to find that four players could comfortably fit around a full-size iPad (but we recommend only 2 players on an iPad Mini).

Confetti

VERDICT

8/10 Confetti is incredibly easy to pickup and is suitable for all ages. We found it the perfect addition to family game night, providing the ideal mix of fun and strategy, without being too heavy for younger players.