Way back at Christmas I told you I got a few games, I already told you about Fearsome Floors, well now let me tell you about Lemming Mafia (affiliate link).
Jeff and I first played this with some friends because we weren’t quite sure it would be okay to play with the kids.
We played it a couple of times, and it’s fairly simple to play and understand, if a bit unusual.
Lemming Mafia concept
You’re all bosses in the Lemming Mafia, one night you and the other bosses get bored, and decide to send your minions to run off the dock. You’re all betting on who will be first, and trying to rig the game. Along the way you have some missions to accomplish, and a few vendettas to fulfill.
Pretty simple right? Simple to explain, not so simple to win.
Lemming Mafia game play
All of the lemmings start at the poker table, and on each person’s turn they roll the lemming dice and choose which color to move. See, simple.
It’s the board spaces that make it complicated. You have the possibility to move the lemming to:
- betting- you bet on the winning lemming, but be careful of when you bet
- concrete- trying to slow a lemming down
- jackhammer- remove the concrete
- escape car- to move faster
- visit the boss- a chance to gain or get rid of missions
- nothing, every lemming needs a break sometimes
So…. those missions. Some are you’re guess on who wins first, some are attempts to concrete out a particular color. They are all worth points, BUT if you don’t succeed in the mission, then you lose the points you might have gained. The missions can make or break your game.
That’s the simple version of the rules. Once you start interacting with different players it becomes confusing. Why did they move that figure and not the other, what missions do they have?
Our thoughts on Lemming Mafia
I have two different criteria for games, do I enjoy playing them with my friends, and can I play them with my kids?
Lemming Mafia fits both of these categories. With my kids the results are a lot more random because they don’t completely understand the missions yet, but it’s still fun. With adults there’s a lot more thought in which color lemming is moved.
The biggest praise I can give Lemming Mafia is Princess likes to play it. She loves the little figures and loves to move them around. This is coming from a little girl who doesn’t really like games. I thought I’d sum up this post with her explanation of Lemming Mafia .