In Game Bites we talk about fun food themed games and accessibility in gaming. My co-author is my son, Jacob, a non-nuerotypical aspiring chef. Every month we try a new game, he cooks a delicious related dish and shares the recipe, and we talk about the pros and cons of what we’ve played. So sit back, tuck your napkin in, and have a bite with us!
Great broth, toothsome noodles, and a few tasty toppings – making the perfect bowl of ramen is a snap, but making the perfect bowl in Ramen Fury is a touch more difficult.
Ramen Fury is a Set Collection Game for 2-5 players that takes about 25 minutes to play. Players start with three empty bowls and attempt to fill them with noodles, flavoring, and toppings.
Each player starts with three noodle bowls. A tableau is set up in the center of the table. During a player’s turn they’ll attempt to add more ingredients to their bowls in an attempt to make a tasty, well scoring ramen. Each bowl needs flavor, and a combination of toppings that score in different ways (collecting item pairs, complimentary flavors, etc.) Occasionally you may even get to sneak an ingredient right form a neighbors bowl!
Once a player feels like their bowl is complete, they can ‘eat’ it by flopping it over. Once a player has flipped all three the game ends. Players tot up the score – highest points wins!
Making Furious Ramen
Mom talks a lot about this being a regular college dorm meal, buts its pretty easy to go from a 20 cent brick of noodles to something genuinely tasty.
The key to ramen is three things – broth, noodles, and toppings.
For your broth, try experimenting with flavors you like. Make a tasty chicken stock from the bones leftover from fried chicken night. Add some fragrant herbs and mushrooms to a boxed vegetable broth. Or combine pork trimmings, onion, and garlic for a flavorful soup base.
Next comes the noodles. I usually use the ones out of any cheap packet – the secret is cooking them properly. Noodles should not disintegrate in the soup – cook them til just after they’re lost their brittle texture then let the hot liquid do the rest.
Toppings – now that’s the fun part! Pick a protein, a leafy green, add an egg, some green onions, and BAM – you’ve got an easy tasty ramen. Try beef, bokchoy, and pickled radish. Or roasted pork, corn, and seaweed. Tofu and spinach. Shrimp, mushroom, and jalapeno. Let your imagination go wild! Ramen is also a great way to use up some leftovers or to make a really tasty dinner on the cheap.
– Poach your egg instead of hard boiling – the runny yolk adds a savory creaminess to the noodles
– Start small. Overwhelmed at the possibilities? Start this weekend with a packet of chicken ramen, ground pork, fresh spinach, a poached egg, and a handful of diced green onion.
Ramen Fury is a relatively quick card game about building bowls of ramen, while trying to keep the other players from making their own. The rules were somewhat obscure, leading to me getting confused during game play. There were pictures to aid you on how the game is set up and what cards it is referring to, which I found helpful, and after a playthrough it was more obvious how the game should be played. The symbols on the cards as well as their own unique looks and color cues made it very easy to see each individual card. The gameplay itself was fun and easy, I enjoyed the game itself and I would gladly play it again with several people. The game is also relatively small, and could easily it in someone’s bag to be taken someplace.
For starters – it looks like its an actually ramen packet! A+ for style – the tuckbox inside even mimics a brick of noodles. Setting up and walking through a trial game as you read the rules is helpful – the rulebook could use some rearrangement and my game partner struggled to understand parts of it til they were physically acted on. The food pictures are evocative of ramen packets, but I would have liked a little more variety in the cards. Additionally, a few additional ways to score would have made it a little more interesting without adding complexity. While the packing says 2-5 players we found this much more entertaining at the higher end with more jostling over cards and ingredient stealing. Fun theme, great style.