Reviewed by Lindsay Harris
A dodgeball card game where you get to throw squishy burritos at your friends and family? What more could you want for entertainment this Easter?!
Throw Throw Burrito is from the same team that made the hugely popular Exploding Kittens, so my expectations were pretty high, and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Even during the unpacking process, the game is entertaining. Emblazoned across the box are the words ‘you throw these’, with an arrow pointing at the two foam burritos. Naturally, my family obeyed this instruction as soon as the burritos were unboxed. Soon fake food was flying all over the place and we hadn’t even looked at the rules yet. Important tip – unbox and play this game well away from anything breakable.
The game itself is really easy to pick up, with an online tutorial to get you up and running quickly (there’s also a rule booklet for those who prefer to read). Each player tries to collect sets of three matching cards to gain points, but in amongst the standard cards are Burrito Cards (Brawl, War and Duel), which is where the fun comes in… Once you get three matching Burrito Cards, players must try to grab one of the burritos and reduce another player’s points by scoring a direct hit. Speed, accuracy and dodging are all useful abilities in this game!
The burritos themselves are extremely soft and squishy, so being hit doesn’t hurt, but the box does warn that you shouldn’t aim at the eyes, face or head. From my family’s experience, the thing you’re most likely to injure is someone’s pride when they fail to dodge in time.
There’s no turn taking in the game, so it quickly gets messy and chaotic, but that just adds to the fun. Since it moves at such a fast pace each game is over within about 15 minutes, giving you a chance to take a breather before you opt for another round.
The box says the game is suitable for 2 – 6 players, but if you’re playing with just two people I’d recommend looking at the rules before you start, as they have a two-player variant to make things more interesting. We played with 3, which worked well, but it did mean that a ‘Brawl’ and a ‘War’ were essentially the same, so I’m looking forward to trying it with a bigger group of friends when we’re out of lockdown.
The game is recommended for ages 7+ and would work equally well with a family or as a party game among adults. If you have a larger family or are planning a big party, the creators recommend buying two copies of the game and doubling up the decks so you can play with up to 12.
The only slight downside of the game was the amount of shuffling needed between rounds. If you don’t shuffle properly, the game goes by even faster because each person very quickly matches up sets of three. But in a game where speed and chaos is part of the fun, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!
This would make a great gift for families, teenagers or adults, and is a great way to bring people together away from digital screens. As one player said, “It’s fun, simple and I get to throw things at my sister!”.
This product can be purchased from Exploding Kittens here.