This Fog of Love review was made after playing the game six times.
What is Fog of Love?
Fog of Love is a two-player cooperative card game in which you are attempting to make a relationship work. You’ll create unique characters and play through a scenario to see if the characters are meant to be together.
How to Play Fog of Love
Each game of Fog of Love is made up of three parts: creating your characters, playing through the story, and then seeing how satisfied the two characters are at the end of that story. It’s important to note that there really isn’t any winning or losing in this game; it’s all about seeing how the story plays out for the two characters.
Just about everything you do in Fog of Love affects the Personality Dimensions on the board. There are six dimensions: Discipline, Curiosity, Extroversion, Sensitivity, Gentleness, and Sincerity. You’ll place tokens on these tracks throughout the game.
At the beginning of the game, you’ll secretly choose three Trait cards for the characters, which will have end-game goals written on them. After that, you’ll choose occupations for the characters. Finally, you’ll choose three Feature cards for the other player to show what made you interested in them. The Occupation and Feature cards give you your first personality tokens. You’ll also have a set of Destiny cards, which are similar to the Trait cards but have multiple goals on them. After the characters are created, you’ll want to name them and get a feel for who they are based on all of the cards and tokens that are on the board.
On each turn, you’ll have five Scene cards in your hand and you’ll play exactly one of them. The scenes will usually have multiple choices for you to choose from. Some only require one player to make the choice, and others have both players secretly make their choices. The choices made can affect the personality tracks and the characters’ satisfaction, or they can even affect the cards in your hands.
Each story in the box comes with its own set of chapters and possibly some other cards that will be added to the decks. The chapter cards will not only give you decisions to make about your relationship, they’ll also let you know the types of Scene cards you’ll be drawing and how many cards should be played before moving on to the next chapter (or the finale).
After you’ve played through a story, you’ll check to see how happy the characters are. You’ll do this by adding to or subtracting from your character’s satisfaction based on how well you did with your Destiny and Trait goals.
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Fog of Love – Pros and Cons
- I love unique themes in games and this is most definitely a unique theme.
- I also have to give the designer credit for making a unique cooperative experience. I can’t think of another game that is even somewhat similar to this one.
- I’m all about games that tell a good story, and Fog of Love has consistently given us some memorable stories. I’ll probably never forget about Meg and Susie, or Jake and Liz, or any of the other relationships I’ve tried to make work in this game.
- As far as components go, absolutely everything is high quality. The board has a very clean look to it, which definitely works for this game/theme. The unnecessary-but-awesome poker chips look and feel great. And the cards are nice and big, making the text and icons easy for both players to see.
- This has one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen. You really don’t even need the rulebook. You can just play through the initial scenario with the tutorial cards and the included player aids will help you after that.
- I wouldn’t say Fog of Love has low replay value, but having the exact same events pop up in multiple games can make some of those relationships a bit less memorable.
- Some people will not like that they can’t “beat” this game. Yes, you have personal goals that you want to achieve, but the game is really all about connecting with the characters and doing your best to make the relationships work.
- Fog of Love could work as a game for couples, but it could also cause some issues. Some of the cards might hit a little too close to home for some and cause some real-world arguments.
Fog of Love – Final Thoughts
I think Fog of Love is one of the best cooperative two-player games that I’ve played. I’ve played it with four different people and they’ve all agreed that there’s something special here. In fact, one of my friends put this in his top 5 games (ever) right after we got through our second game… where we had a peachy relationship all the way through until I let him know I was still married to someone else (he was MAD!).
The game looks and plays great and I’m definitely going to be keeping it. If you think this game looks interesting, I’d say get it because it seems to meet or exceed most people’s expectations. For many people, it’s one of the best couples board games out there, while others believe it’s better as a game for two friends since it can sometimes ask some tough questions for real-life couples.
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