Meeple V People Review


22nd September 2021

Thanks To Meeple V People for their review of Attack of the Intergalactic Gherkins - see below and be sure to check out their Instagram for more great reviews.

Attack of the Intergalactic Gherkins: it is always disconcerting when vegetables get a mind of their own. But, when they arm themselves and start bombarding you from space, you know it’s time to build your own spaceship and head somewhere with less aggressive condiments.

Attack of the Intergalactic Gherkins is a frantic game of back and forward card play as players attempt to orbit four planets collecting spare parts for their rocket ships by playing movement cards. With four parts collected a final move slingshots them around the sun to a galaxy far far fam away where picklelife are peaceful and obedient. Hurrah!

The gameplay is simple. Pick up a card, unless it’s a Gherkin, you can then play as many cards as you like on your turn (you only have four at maximum). If you play a movement card you pop to the next planet, take a spare part (if available!) and end your turn. However, if you draw a “Gherkin attack” you must immediately drop one of your hard won spare parts or loose two cards. Gherkins are equally the very very annoying nemeses of both people who think they’ve won and those who’ve struggled to get off the ground.

Fortunately, there are a range of other cards that you can use to dismiss or redirect the agitated micro-cucumbers as well as cards that help you along e.g. by drawing cards. There are also fun two-card “conjunctions” which allow you an extra go when you get a matched pair! But it’s really not about being nice to yourself. There are many, many cards that offer ways to annoy other players (Yay!) especially those who look like they’ll soon win. These include cards cancelling movement or preventing picking up parts, or ones that teleport their astronauts or the parts they’re after off to far flung planets!

Yep, there are lots of ways to mess things up - and that’s what “Gherkins” is all about! Light, back and forward card play where you mess with your friends. Heh heh heh!! We enjoyed this and can see how with even more players (it plays up to 6) it would be a world of crazy Gherkin flinging fun!