This Twice As Clever Review will talk about the amazing follow up to the acclaimed roll-n-write board game That’s Pretty Clever (aka Ganz Schön Clever). It utilizes the same, well clever, gameplay system but it brings a brand new set of scoring mechanisms that will force you to craft all-new strategies. Both provide something great in their own right. You could buy either just fine or comfortably both. Regardless, this game, and series, is one of the most smartly crafted roll-n-writes games ever crafted. This is our Twice As Clever review.
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TWICE AS CLEVER REVIEW by BOARD GAME HALV
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Fun (7 out of 10)
If you like roll-n-write games (or even if you don’t) this is a great option for you. It has an ingenious scoring core but it is also a comfortable length of time and it has enough interaction that you are not just playing solitaire next to a bunch of people. The countless routes you can take that all intermingle and work together gives you lots to work with. Which in turn generates pure unadulterated joy.
Replayability (6 out of 10)
There are many paths to take in Twice as Clever and none of them are easy. If you blink too fast you might be out of control with no balance, sending you barling towards loss. This makes every game different and exciting chase. Like all roll-n-write games, the fun of the scoring mechanism wears off. As far as these go, the Clever series packs more punch that will have you playing longer than some of its counterparts in the field.
Player Interaction (8 out of 10)
This gets high marks in a traditionally low player interaction genre. People’s biggest complaint about roll-n-write games is that you are just playing solitaire with people, not a cohesive board game interaction. Some of these games cutely say for 1 – 100 people because it doesn’t matter, the other players do not matter. That is not the case here. Players take the main active turn one after another, but non-active players get a taste of the action and the main person has to be cognizant of that.
Quality (8 out of 10)
How the various scoring components work together is mind-blowing. Clever was the absolute right word to use. The game is simple and not too much too it which is nicely reflected in its retail price. No one is trying to overcharge you for anything. From start to finish this is a great game and what’s nice about this being the follow up is that they were able to successfully build on what was already a great game.
Art & Style (5 out of 10)
There is absolutely no theme here and that is kind of the point, and that’s nice, but a little something to provide extra depth or distraction is always welcome. They do get credit for neatly fitting all the wild symbols in places that make sense. There is no text whatsoever and regardless of what language you speak, you should be able to make sense of what is going on. A very efficiently grouped scorecard.
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Twice As Clever (Doppelt So Clever) Review
Twice As Clever is a very satisfying follow-up to its predecessor, That's pretty Clever, and feels like its own brand new stand-alone game. The base mechanic of the game shows incredible ingenuity and is worth your attention, if only once. In a category that is blowing up and can sometimes feel dull, Twice as Clever is a fun, smart and interactive roll-n-write game that should stand up to the test of time. This has been our Twice as Clever review.
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TWICE AS CLEVER REVIEW by OTHER REVIEWERS
10 / 10 – iSlayTheDragon Review
“Despite these conditional misgivings, I think Ganz Schön Clever is terrific, a game I’m always willing (and itching) to play. As I said, it is compelling and addictive, and I haven’t been this excited about a game that plays well solitaire in a while.”
90 / 100 – Zatu Games Review
“Wolfgang Warsch’s sequel triumphs in retaining the original game’s atmosphere while creating a whole new experience. Doppelt So Clever provides complex gameplay for those who desire it, and will demand multiple plays to build familiarity.”
4.5 / 5 – Pixelated Cardboard Review
“So, the big question, is it actually twice as clever as the original? I’d say it’s probably about 1.5 times as clever. Calling it twice as clever is selling the original short, I believe. The scoring tracks in Twice are very good.”
4.25 / 5 – The Dork Den Review
“No. I don’t even know how you would calculate it, but it’s not twice as clever. I don’t think it requires you to be twice as clever, either. But it does require you to be more clever. 1.3x, perhaps. I suppose marketing hyperbole wins again.”
Positive – Tabletop Gaming Review
“Ganz was one of the best games of last year. Doppelt is more of what made that game so great, but with some welcome extra layers of tricky decisions.”
Mixed Positive – Opinionated Gamers Review
“Twice As Clever is definitely more of a challenge than That’s Pretty Clever, at least it feels that way to me right now. The new ways of scoring points make you feel like you need to plan more than you did previously.”