Cobra Paw is a new “tile snatching” competive game by the guys behide “Bananagrams“. The game can be played with 2 to 6 opponents. Each turn, two dice are rolled and these dice determine which tile the players are trying to capture. The person that captures it becomes the next dice roller until one player has collected a 6 tiles and wins the game.
Components and Setup
Cobra Paw comes packaged inside of an attractive orange box with a ninja cat on the front cover. Inside the box is 21 clawfuku stones (tiles) and two decent sized black dice. That’s it-nice and simple. The dice and tiles are covered with 6 unique symbols. All of these components are large and polished and have a nice feel to them.
The setup for the game is simple. Simply turn the box upside down and dump everything onto the table (making sure the tiles are face up and none are stacked on top of another tile), select a start player, and you’re off you go.
The Tiles and Gameplay
Cobra Paw is a very simple game to play. Each tile has two symbols on it corresponding to the symbols printed on the two dice. When the dice are rolled, two symbols will be shown and the players will attempt to be the first to place their fingertip onto the tile that matches the symbols. The person that manages to do this first collects the tile and places it on the table in front of them. Note, it is possible to steal tiles from other people, so it’s up to each player to defend what they’ve already collected! Becarefull if you have long fingernails they can draw blood- honest I’ve seen it happen- when we played the game with adults!
The game lasts until one player has collected some agreed upon number of tiles- we normally play till the winner has 6 tiles- easier to remember but the official rules suggests 6 tiles for a 3 to 6 player game and 8 tiles for a 2 player game.
Cobra Paw is a super simple, silly fun game. As such, there’s not a lot of depth to it and that’s perfectly okay. Not every game needs to be a heavy brain burner. What irritates me is when a game pretends to be something heavy and turns out to be pure fluff. Cobra Paw is exactly what it advertises itself to be. There’s no pretense here.
We found rolling the dice in the box easier way to okay it when playing it with our kids of younger age.
Easy to learn and quick gameplay. Unlike other games we’ve reviewed, Cobra Paw this has a set up on about 3 seconds. Pretty sure playing this with the Patrol Leader’s on a Scout Camp will be very competitive.