Dire Wolf Digital has announced that they will partner with Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games to bring their award-winning two-player card game to market The fox in the forest next week on iOS, Android and PC devices. The fox in the forest was designed by Joshua Buergel and originally published a few years ago as a physical card game of the “trick-taking” variant. Two players receive 13 cards each, with the remaining cards in the deck being used as a draw pile. Turn the top card to the top of the draw pile to reveal the trump suit of this round. Each player plays a card from his hand, whereby the trump suit and the cards played determine which player wins the “trick” of each round. The game continues until both players’ hands are empty and then you count the score based on the tricks each player won.
One of the coolest items in The fox in the forest is that it doesn’t necessarily matter who can win the most tricks. The scoring levels are such that too many wins can actually result in not earning points. So there is quite an interesting and unique strategy for how you play your cards and win tricks. Another defining feature in this game are the special character cards such as Lumberjack, Swan, Fox and Monarch, each of which has unique attributes or rules that change the current situation and allow a player to do some special things. Because of these cards and the game’s scoring system The fox in the forest is a simple game on the surface, but with a surprisingly deep strategic element.
What I love about games like this one that are going digital is that it’s a bit of a hassle to manage in physical form and automate all of those things for you. I mean, a 13-card hand is a pretty big hand of cards to manage, and with the different rules and the special characters and what they do … it can be a lot, so I appreciate digital versions that are simple handle everything and let you concentrate on playing. The fox in the forest will be released next Monday, October 18, for $ 4.99 for iOS and Android and $ 6.99 for Steam. You can now pre-order the iOS version from the App Store or add the PC version as a wishlist on the Steam page.