A highly strategic family card game designed in a daycare center with help from dozens of kids aged 7-12 years old. It features more than 40 animal cards, each with completely unique personalities and powers that play off of one another. You’ll have to think your way through creative combos and chain reactions to build a super squad of cutesy critters.
Find and free the trapped animal inhabitants of Petopolis, and use their powers to reunite them with their friends. Can you find the elusive mythical creatures?
The land of Petopolis was once a haven of animal friendship, until one day a dark cloud settled over the creatures, trapping them all inside of giant eggs.
Thankfully, a group of heroic humans (that’s you!) stumbled upon the now-empty land. Your mission? Find these eggs and break the animals free.
And if on your search, you happen to find 3 mythical creatures, your greatest wish will be granted and you’ll win the game!
How it Was Made
Made and played by more than 100 kids, Super Battle Pets was first created as a friendship-building activity.
Many years ago I worked as a childcare provider. I saw that more and more kids began to walk in with phones and tablets, and they would stare at their screens all day, afraid to interact with the other kids. Determined to help these kids make friends and have fun, I brought in a pack of index cards and markers, and announced that we were going to make a game together.
The kids drew silly pictures of their favorite animals and gave them powers. I obsessed over the rules and made sure that the cards were balanced. Every time we played, we tweaked a card or a rule to make sure the game was fun, easy-to-learn, and strategic.
We ended up with a game equally fun for kids and adults, making it the perfect way to bring families and friends together.
Super Battle Pets features more than 40 animal cards, each with completely unique personalities and powers that play off of one another. You’ll have to think your way through creative combos and chain reactions to build a super squad of cutesy critters.
Though designed to look like a trading card, Super Battle Pets actually plays more like an engine builder. Each card has an extremely simple ability, usually described in a single sentence.
But the complexity comes into play in the ways that cards interact with each other.
For instance, one pet, the Alligator, steals opponent’s pets. But the Tiger says “If an opponent steals one of your pets, steal one from them in return.” The cat, which says “If a someone steals one of your pets, take a card from their hand,” which could react to the Alligator OR the Tiger. Then the Gorilla blocks any attacks on your hand, blocking the Cat’s ability.
So although the game begins quite simply, it ends with a complex web of interactions.