Match creature tiles and use their special abilities in this quick and fun combo scoring game!
2-4 players, ages 10+
Playing time: 20-40 minutes
Designer: Ondrej Sova
Artist: Jake Parker
Publisher: Hub Games
The goal of the game is to earn points by creating groups consisting of 3 or more of the same animal tiles on the cloth board. At the start of the game, players determine a target score, this gives you the option to play a quick, standard or long game.
Each player will always start their turn with 5 tiles in hand. On your turn, you play one or more of these tiles onto empty spots on the mat, optionally performing their ability. Each of the 8 different creatures has a different skill, and these allow you to score extra points, draw tiles or manipulate tiles already on the mat.
During your turn you may also score a combo by forming a group of 3 or more of the same tiles, you gain points equal to their total value shown in the upper right corner, after which you flip them face-down. You end your turn by drawing back up to 5 tiles.
The game is over at the end of the round when a player reaches the target score, and the player with the highest score wins the game!
Kombo Klash is an accessible game that’s easy to set up, with artwork that really makes the game pop. The game’s played on a cloth mat, which definitely is a nice touch and the tiles are made out of thick cardboard.
The gameplay itself is very tactical: since not every tile scores the same amount of points, you’ll be aiming to score groups of the higher point animals, but also understanding the creature’s abilities and using them with good timing is very important. Some abilities allow you to flip tiles face-up again and use them for your own combos, so a good memory may also be helpful.
That’s probably also why kids can compete with adults in this game, and since you can adjust the game length for a ‘quick game’, it works great with kids!
Overall I think Kombo Klash is a quick fun game and thanks to its small box and light ruleset I can see this game easily coming along on our next trip!