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Board GameThe Fox in the Forest Review

Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Fox is the Forest is a sequencing Whist-style game with some novel twists for two-players. You aim to play highest cards of a matching suit, using trumps and special ability cards when you need to. It's a unique two-player tussle, not only due to the reduced card-set and special abilities, but because winning too many hands can actually score you fewer points.

This looks like a classic trick-taking game with a forest animal theme, but hides within some novel twists. For starters there are only three suits, so you get lots of trump cards. Then, all the odd numbered cards each have special abilities that change the way things play out. For example, playing a Fox (3) card changes the Trump suit and the Swan (1) card means you lose a trick, but still play first on the next one. Finally, winning 0-3 ("Humble") and 7-9 ("Victorious") tricks earns bonus points for the round, but if you win 10 ("Greedy") you score nothing.

As you play, you battle to win tricks but need to keep an eye on how many you win. This means you need to use the special abilities at just the right time so you don't win too many or too few. First to score 21 points wins, so you play several rounds.

The result is a game that adds a new dimension to Whist. It's an incredibly well-balanced two player game, where one or two cards played at the right time can alter the number of tricks won or lost in that round and therefore the score in the overall game. You never quite know quite who the winner is going to be until the very last card is played.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 2

Genres: Battle and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Foxtrot Games (@FoxtrotGames)



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. You need to spend time learning the abilities of each of the special cards, how they impact on each other and how the scoring system is applied at the end of each round.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. As this is a two player game, younger players need to be able to think independently. They also need to be able to plan ahead, so that they use their cards at the right time.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds. This game has fantasy themed artwork that contains magical creatures, such as fairies and witches.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Fox in the Forest Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@FoxtrotGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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