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Quack in the Box Card Game: Review

Updated on April 2, 2015
A fun game for the medical professional in your life!
A fun game for the medical professional in your life!

The Card Game of Medical Malpractice

Number of Players: 2-6 players
Ages: 13+
Game Time: ~ 30 minutes

Creator: Designed by an M.D., tested by gamers, and illustrated by the amazing Len Peralta
Publisher: Don Gusano Games, Inc.

Difficulty: Easy

Premise:

You're a doctor trying to cure your patients... and make the most money off them as possible. Stop. Reverse that. You're a doctor trying to make money off your patients by giving them as many medicines and procedures as possible, and hopefully curing them in the process. Make more money by performing unnecessary procedures. Just don't do too much harm or your patient will die and you'll gain infamy. Too many infamy points and an angry mob will come after you! Whoever ends the game with the most money wins!

Gameplay:

There are 2 sets of cards - patient cards and treatment cards. Patients have a diagnosis, cure points, kill points, mortal points, and infamy points. The diagnosis will tell you what kind of procedures and medications are appropriate for the patient.

Each doctor has 6 treatment cards in his hand and 1 patient card on the table to play on. When it is this player's turn, he will roll the 6-sided die (not included) and he is then obligated to play at least this many treatment cards (or as many as he has in his hand - since there are treatment cards that are exempt).

The treatment cards will tell you what kind of patients are helped and harmed by this treatment. Add up the help (cure) points and harm (kill) points from the treatments. If the cure points exceed those on the patient card, the patient is cured and the doctor makes all the money from those treatments. If the kill points exceed those on the patient card, the patient dies and the doctor receives the patient's # of infamy points.

If a patient card has mortality points listed, this is the maximum number of cards allowed to be played on it before the patient dies by default.

If a patient is neither cured nor killed in a particular round, the doctor banks the money for those treatments and must try to cure the patient in the next round.

What makes it different:

Unique concept. It's always nice to play a game that doesn't feel like a rip off some other game.

Overall: 5/5 Stars!
My husband bought this game for me while he was at PAX. He knew I'd love it, being a PA and all. And he was right! It's a fun game and it's hilarious as a medical professional. Try out Quack in the Box for a really funny and enjoyable card game!
Or give it as a gift for the medical professional in your life.

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      Mark 6 years ago from England, UK

      Sounds fun. Hope its available in the UK.

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      laddriggers 6 years ago

      It is fun. Maybe you can buy it through their website: http://www.dongusanogames.com.

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      Don Gusano Games, Inc. 5 years ago

      Yes, we ship to the UK -- email us for details! Info at the website.

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      laddriggers 5 years ago

      Great to hear! I love my signed copy of the game!

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