Were you a ‘90s kid — a true one? Did you eat Dunkaroos while raising your Tamagotchi and listening to TLC on your Walkman? Then you probably owned a copy of A Goofy Movie on VHS in a plastic clamshell case.
A Goofy Movie may not have the same monumental level of repute that other Walt Disney animated flicks gained during the 1990s, but it has a special standing in the childhood of many kids.
Now that our generation has grown up and has families of our own, ‘90s nostalgia is booming, and with it a wave of long overdue appreciation for Goofy’s big movie. For example, Funko Games has released a new board game that pays homage to the 1995 cult classic.
A Goofy Movie … And Now a Board Game
When I received a copy of Funko Games’ Disney A Goofy Movie Game, I was giddily transported back to my prepubescent days when I sat in front of the T.V. watching Goof Troop during The Disney Afternoon.
But is this actually a fun, well-designed game — or is my nostalgia taking over? Does this Disney A Goofy Movie Game stand out above the crowd, or is it just a typical thing?
There’s only one way to find out: road trip!
Round up your goofy troop and get ready for a race across the U.S. as you head west for the Powerline concert in Los Angeles. Will you get the best seats and the show and have a stupendous scrapbook to show for your journey, or will you get sidetracked at a roadside distraction with Goofy? Read our Disney A Goofy Movie Game review to find out!
How to Play Disney A Goofy Movie Game
Your cross-country dash begins on the East Coast, where you’ll choose your character: Max, P.J., Roxanne, or Bobby. Place your figurine on the start space of the map and get ready for your trek across the country.
Each player has an individual deck of a dozen miniature cards that are numbered from 1-12, with each card colored in one of four hues: green, orange, pink, or blue. You’ll use these cards to vie for valuable scrapbook pages that will earn you points based on which ones you collect.
At the start of each round, everyone simultaneously selects and reveals a numbered card from their hand. Whoever has the highest numbered card in each color obtains a scrapbook card from the corresponding-colored slot in Goofy’s row.
Then, you move your character to adjacent spaces on the map in hopes of gathering more scrapbook cards as you sightsee across America.
Throughout the game, Powerline will make his way from the start of his tour in Veracruz to eventually arrive in Los Angeles. Whichever player reaches the concert venue first will receive a bonus, so don’t spend too long roaming!
The game ends when Powerline reaches L.A. or everyone empties the stack of scrapbook entries. The person who amassed the most points — and thus had the most eventful journey — is the winner!
Do This Game and I See Eye to Eye?
Here’s the scoop on Funko Games’ Disney A Goofy Movie Game. It’s a short, speedy game that’s squarely aimed at millennials who loved the movie as a child and now have a family of their own. Or, you can take a trip down memory lane with your best buds (no, not Donald Duck).
Boiled down to its elements, Disney A Goofy Movie Game is a straightforward set-collecting card game like Sushi Go with the added geographic element of map movement. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, instead taking familiar mechanisms and giving them extra flavor. It’s comfort food more than high cuisine.
What makes Disney A Goofy Movie Game stand out above the crowd is the property it portrays, and the Prospero Hall design team did a great job saturating this game with delightful details from the source material.
For example, there was absolutely no functional reason why the board needed to be double-sided with a huge Powerline concert poster printed on the flipside — but I’m giddy that it does. The main side resembles Goofy’s map, signatures and all. The scrapbook cards show many of the scenes from Goofy and Max’s travels in the movie.
Thoughtful touches like that are icing on the cake for fans — or, should I say, Cheddar Whizzy on the cake.
Do You Have to Love A Goofy Movie to Enjoy This Game?
Disney A Goofy Movie Game is definitely playable if you haven’t watched the movie that inspired it. Knowledge of the story isn’t necessary to win, as you don’t have to be familiar with the plot to make smart, strategic decisions.
The designers made it accessible for anyone to join the adventure. It’s fast-paced and breezy, with short turns and constant forward momentum as you feverishly collect cards to earn points and move your way across the board.
It’s not so simple that it’s a children’s game, but it’s not so complex that it’s suitable for adult minds only. Disney A Goofy Movie Game hits a sweet spot in between where kids can play with their parents, making this a good way for you to bond with your own Max — without having to endure a waterfall plunge in the process. And being a game about family bonding, it’s not overly competitive or cutthroat.
However, I don’t think you’ll get the same enjoyment from playing Disney A Goofy Movie Game as you would if you appreciated its source material. Without being a fan of the 1995 movie, you’ll see the events occurring on the board as merely moving from point A to point B while amassing a stack of points. The appeal is primarily the theme.
If you’re a fan of A Goofy Movie, this game should definitely move to the front of your line. As for those of you were deprived of the experience, this is a great opportunity to fix that with a family movie-and-game night.
Our writer received a complimentary product from the publisher for review. All opinions are honest and advice has been given with the interest of the reader in mind. Thanks for tuning in to our unbiased reviews!