Top This! A Pizza Flicking Game is the newest game by Yves Tourigny. In Top This! 2-5 players will go toe to toe to see who is the best at making that tasty, tasty pizza dough—well, ok maybe you don’t make pizza dough but you do make the rest of the tasty, tasty pizza! The game is made up of a board that depicts a pizza that is divided into 8 slices. Players will drop a handful of little wooden disks onto the pie letting the toppings land where they may. They then deal out order cards that are worth 3 points upon completion, as well as tip point cards that can be worth 1-3. Finally, each player takes 4 toppings, similar to those dropped on the board, into hand that they will use to start completing orders. On a players turn they will take 1-2 actions and depending on which actions they chose, they may or may not earn a combination of order cards & tip points.
The first action a player may do is to flick a topping from their hand onto the board. In order for a flicked topping to count, it must bump in to at least one other topping currently on the board. The second action a player may perform on their turn is to flip over all toppings of one existing type currently on the board (so all pepperoni, all onion etc., etc.). This can be useful as toppings are double sided and on one side of a topping there may be be an onion but on the other side may be black olive or pepperoni which is much more useful to you. If that player managed to complete an order by matching the toppings on an order card to the toppings on a slice of pizza, he takes that order card. If a player is particularly skillful and manages to complete two or more orders in one turn, they are rewarded with an extra tip point card. Speaking of skillful play, that takes us to the third action a player can take, which is the Top This! shot. A Top This! shot is a shot where players proclaim how awesome they are by saying they don’t need two shots this turn-- they are going to tell the other players which order they are completing and then they do so in just one shot. If a player succeeds in the Top This! shot he brushes his shoulder off and takes the order je completed as well as a tip point card. If he fails, he lost a turn and proved what a miserable loser he is and everyone should point and laugh.
After a player has completed his turn and taken any order cards and tip points he may have earned, 1 of the 3 toppings used to complete an order must be taken off the board and then he draws his hand back up to 4 toppings. Play then proceeds to the next player. The game ends whenever all of the tip cards are taken. The player with the most points from tips and completed orders wins. So did Top This! make us want to keep playing or did we just want to go out for Pizza instead?
Components – We cannot fairly judge this category because our review is based off a Kickstarter prototype copy. We had an issue with the board itself sticking up, but were USUALLY able to fix it with finagling and the developer will most likely fix this in the final review copy. The quality of the pieces you will be flicking around, though, are top notch and glide along the board with ease.
Value – Decent. We say decent vs. fair mainly because of how light the game is. We feel that a family will get their $35 out of this game easily, but for other gamers we feel a few bucks cheaper would have been the sweet spot.
Length – Varies based on the group. Me and Amanda found that we could bust through a game in around 15 minutes. When we played with more people, the time it took to play got longer and longer and children further increased the time. It was rare a game lasted longer than around 30 minutes.
Luck to skill ratio – We disagree strongly here. Amanda feels the game is 90% skill and 10% luck. She feels that Top This! is a game of almost pure skill. Meanwhile, I feel that while Top This! is more about skill than luck but is more like 65/35 or possibly even 70/30. The tip cards can hand a player a victory when another player showed superior skill and how the order cards land and what toppings are drawn can also make the game much easier or difficult.
How often does it/will it hit the table? – Again varied. This is really a matter of who you have in your life. For Amanda, I and our gamer group, we don’t see it hitting the table ever. However, this falls alongside Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! and Cash & Guns as a go-to game when kids come over now. So, how much do you like dexterity games and more important, how often are you around kids?
Accessibility & Rules - Very easy and very simple. We taught this game to an 8 year old in a few easy steps. By the end of the third or fourth round she understood the whole game.
I really enjoy the Top This! shot - It’s a ton of fun attempting these shots but it’s even more entertaining watching other people miss their shot and giving them crap
Even if your kid is too young, they will still love it - We took Top This! to a graduation party we had to attend. While there, we played it with several kids who really enjoyed it. We found that kids in the 3-6 year old range may not have understood the game, but they still really enjoyed just playing with the components. I had to "eat the pizza" at least 10 times at the graduation party. Good thing "eating the pizza" the kids made just consisted of me getting down on my hands and knees and making a mess of the board-- I much preferred smoked pulled pork to wooden black olive disks!
Zero intimidation - We have a lot of people in our family that are really intimidated by board games. Anything that takes more than two or three rules they get frustrated with and either quit or refuse to play in the first place. As Amanda states in her likes section of our review, Top This! is just a really easy to understand game and I think that everyone understands the concept of making pizza and how to flick a disk. As a result, we found people more open/willing to try Top This! then they were many of our other games.
The disks are of really solid quality - Again we are only reviewing a prototype so we can’t say for sure this will be true of the final version, but it is rare a prototype is worse than the final product. The disks in Top This! are made of a nice solid wood that slides along the surface of the board with ease. I know that this may seem a very small thing, but to a dexterity game it is incredibly important.
Amanda may like flipping but I hate it - Amanda feels that the flipping mechanic is useful but I feel outside of a few lucky cases, it’s worthless. There is no way of knowing what’s on the other side of that topping and more often than not you just wasted a turn.
The box the game comes in makes me angry - Look at this picture! Look at it! Be warned, this game leads to excessive pizza eating. No, seriously, pizza was not on the menu for the night until we started playing this game. You have been warned!
The tips range from 1-3 - I lost a few games by just a few points. This is incredibly frustrating whenever it really comes down to the fact that tip points range from 1-3 in value. I mean I made more shots throughout the game--yet someone else won just because they drew cards worth 2 and 3 and mine were 1 and 2? That’s not right.
It’s family fun - As Ryan said above little kids like playing with Top This! as a toy, older kids enjoy playing it as a game and even the teens we played with had a pretty good time. This is one of the rare games that from childhood to adulthood can be enjoyed.
Little explanation needed - I enjoyed not having to explain a big long game to people. You flick toppings and try and match what’s on pizza slices with what’s on the order cards.
It’s fun watching people’s reactions - Top This! is just one of those games where you are going to get reactions from everyone playing. People will miss shots; people will get incredibly lucky; or make a Top This! shot that everyone at the table is shocked they had the skill to make. There will be big reactions and they are always fun to watch. My personal favorite is when someone misses an easy Top This! shot and gets really upset
Flipping over toppings is always an option - I have managed to complete a pizza on a lucky flip a few times. Sometimes, you just get a turn where it’s impossible to complete a slice of pizza with what’s on the board or it’s possible but REALLY difficult. I enjoy that flipping gives you an alternative for these situations.
It can be a bit too easy to get cheap shots in - I have not experienced a ton of dexterity games, so this could really be a flaw of the genre, not this game, but it was just way too easy to get shots that took no effort. We found that several times a game, one player or the other found themselves lined up with a shot that they could have made by sneezing. We personally remedied this by making people shoot from a slice or two away when we wanted to add challenge.
A part of the board sticks up - Again I want to stress this is a preview copy, the final product may fix this issue and I imagine it does. Our copy did have a small issue with one part of the board sticking up. It could be fixed by putting the board on certain surfaces, but it made it difficult to flick a topping across this area because it would get stuck.
I really do not feel like I need to say a lot about Top This!. I believe that it’s one of those games that is going to sell itself based on what a gamer is in the market for. Are you a dexterity gamer or not? If you haven’t played one, do you want to jump into the deep end or start with something light? And the big one is do you have kids? The obvious audience for this one, and the people who would get the most from Top This!, is the gaming family (especially if Mom or Dad are already dexterity gamers). As I said above, kids love just playing around with it even if they cannot understand how to play the game and the older kids who do understand the game have a lot of fun with it. So if you have kids, or are around them a lot, then I think you should pick up Top This!; it’s a great family game. If not, then I feel it comes down to are you in the market for a dexterity game or not and how heavy of one at that?
I suck at sports and I suck at things that involve dexterity & coordination. I can’t hop-scotch or jump rope; if someone tosses a ball at me, I am getting hit in the face; the idea of playing basketball, since that involves catching, dribbling and shooting, is just a joke! As a result, I went in to Top This! knowing I would probably suck at it---and I did! I mean yes, this is not sports, but it still requires good depth perception, coordination and for a person to have some born dexterity, and lord knows that ain't me! All that said, I did still enjoy my time with Top This!, but I think it was less because of the game being amazing and more it being accessible to non-board gamers and young children.
When we played the game just Ryan and I, we did not have a ton of fun with it and when we played it with our gamer group it was fun but not a blast. When we took Top This! to my little brother’s graduation party though, it was a ton of fun. I enjoyed watching adults attempt shots they should have known better than to take on and I enjoyed watching kids capitalize on their mistakes. I enjoyed the misery of a missed shot and I enjoyed the joy and excitement of a made shot--even if I was not the one making it. I think the recommendation I give is based on who you are. If you are family, then this is a very good game to buy. As Ryan said, if you are a dexterity gamer, then read the rules and see if it sounds too light or not. If you are someone like me though, who sucks at dexterity games and does not have kids, I can only recommend Top This! if you feel it fills a hole in your collection or if you want a game for the times when you are around kids.
As a note: Top This! A Pizza Flicking Game was sent to us for free by the publisher. The copy we were sent was a prototype copy not the finished product. If you too would like to back Top This!, you can do so until the 22nd of July by following the link below. $35 gets you a copy of the game at release shipped to your door (and it will even come in a cool pizza box that makes you hungry!).