Santa's Bag Review (Griggling Games)

Santa's Bag
What It Is

Santa's Bag is a multi-player Christmas-themed card game. The game is made for two to eight players. In the game, players take on the role of Santa's elves to "build" toys for Santa. The goal of the game is to be the best elf on Saint Nick's staff and build the most toys to win.

The game features three stacks of cards: toys, kids, and what's in Santa's Bag (parts). To set up the game, four kid cards are placed at the center of the table along with four randomly dealt toys for each kid. Players are then dealt a set of four Santa's Bag cards/Part cards to start. Players must collect all three Santa's Bag cards needed to make the toys featured on the table. Players will draw cards each turn and can also trade cards throughout the game to get the parts they need. Trades can be made between players as well as by swapping a card in your hand for one in the draw pile. In the case where players don't want to trade or no one has a card you need, you can also use "elven magic" to transform two identical cards in your hand into the card that you need.

Once you have all the cards you need to make a toy, place them on the table and collect the associated kid and toy card. Kid cards and toy cards feature different values so when you make a toy for that child, you get to collect both the toy and kid cards to add to your score. Values range from one to three, with one depicted a "naughty child" up to three depicting a "nice" child. Each time a toy is built give the included counter a spin to also count up the toys made by all the players. Depending on how many people you have playing or how long you wish to play, you can play up to 10 toys for a short game or to 20 for a long game.

Is It Fun?

Santa's Bag is both fast-paced and easy to play making it perfect for family gatherings while also getting kids excited about playing elf to Santa. Kids will like the simplicity of matching the cards, while adults can be more strategic with their card trades to beat their opponents.

Who It’s For

Santa's Bag is for ages 7 and up, however we think it can also be enjoyed by younger kids as well. All the cards feature images in addition to the names of items so kids don't need to be the best at reading to figure out how to play along.

What To Be Aware Of

A short game takes about 15 minutes to play.

If more than five people are playing, the rule book suggests playing a longer game to 20 toys.

If there is a tie, the player with the most Parts cards in their hand at the end of the game wins.

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy