Alfredo’s Food Fight Game Review

The Basics:

  • Ages 4 and up (box suggests 5+)
  • For 2 to 4 players
  • Approximately 5-10 minutes to complete

Geek Skills:

  • Active Listening & Communication
  • Hand/Eye Coordination & Dexterity
  • Emotional Coping Skills

Learning Curve:

  • Child – Easy
  • Adult – Easy

Theme & Narrative:

  • Players are involved in a food fight with Chef Alfredo caught in the middle! The first player to successfully fling and stick their meatballs to spinning Chef Alfredo wins!

Endorsements:

  • Gamer Geek rejected!
  • Parent Geek approved!
  • Child Geek approved!

Overview

In the game, Alfredo’s Food Fight, players race against each other using their meatball catapults to launch their “meatballs” at Chef Alfredo, who spins slowly in the center of the playing field. The first player to successfully stick all three of their “meatballs” to Chef Alfredo wins the game. The game plays quickly in about 5-10 minutes and has been very entertaining for my little geeks, ages 4 and 7.

The game comes with a fairly large flat plastic figure of Chef Alfredo that has velcro on one side. The side with the velcro is the target area the player attempt to stick their “meatballs”. The plastic Chef Alfredo figure comes in four parts that are easily put together. Once connected, Chef Alfredo is placed onto a base representing a plate of spaghetti. The base has an on/off switch located at the bottom as well as a convenient on/off switch located at the top. The plate of spaghetti has a short, hex-shaped rod. This rod is slipped into the base of Chef Alfredo which has a matching hex-shaped hole located at the bottom.

While this connection works well for the most part, it is not as sturdy as I think it should have been. The flat figurine of Chef Alfredo is fairly heavy and it does not take much to crack the connection between Chef Alfredo and the base. Parents will want to watch over the kids when pulling off the meatballs, which can stick very tightly to the velcro target. I was able to fix and strengthen the connection using an epoxy. The repair has held for quite some time with care, but I can see myself having to fix it again in the future.

The result of my little geek’s wrath

On a player’s turn, they take a “meatball”, place it onto their fork catapult and fling it at the spinning Chef Alfredo in the center of the playing area. This mechanic is very similar to that used in the game, Ants in the Pants, except the target moves instead of being stationary. Both my little geeks were able to operate the fork catapult with ease. Hitting the target was another story. My daughter has mastered Ants in the Pants to the point that she rarely misses. She hasn’t mastered Alfredo’s Food Fight…yet, so it still offers a challenge not present any longer with Ants in the Pants.

Play continues until someone wins by getting all three of their “meatballs” on Chef Alfredo.

Target locked.. Fire!!!

Predictions

While both my little geeks like playing this game, I think Erika (age 4) enjoys it more than Kyan(age 7) and MUCH more than I. Due to the short play, we can get several games in and quit when it tires on us. Typically, we play about five rounds, which takes about 25 minutes at the most before moving on to something else.

“I like throwing meatballs at Alfredo!” – Erika, age 4

“Use your fork! Not your hands, Erika!” – Karl, age 39

Final Word

Alfredo’s Food Fight is a nice filler that serves as a quick distraction when deemed fit. While my kids could play with it for more than 20 minutes at a time, that is about the limit for an adult. For the target audience, the game works well.

If your kids like the idea of flinging food at a hurried chef and need a bigger challenge than Ants in the Pants, Alfredo’s Food Fight is worth picking up.

Need more info? Here’s the product video in all of its low-budget glory.

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About Karl

Board Game Fanatic, and Father of Two, Karl played many of the games seen in big-box stores growing up, but much of that changed when he was introduced to Dungeons & Dragons in 1982. From there, he was also exposed to “dudes on a map” games such as Axis & Allies, Fortress America and Supremacy. After his grade school gaming friends moved away and Nintendo and girls became more interesting, non-electronic games took a back-seat. Sixteen years later, a co-worker suggested getting together to play a game called Illuminati. This sparked a level of interest that led Karl to want to know more. His search led him to a site called Boardgamegeek.com (GeekDo.com). Eight years and 800+ games later, it is safe to say Karl is pretty engrossed in the hobby as a player and a collector of table-top games ranging from wargames, minatures, card games, Eurogames and of course, Ameritrash. While Karl began by introducing simple abstract games to his children (Checkers, Blokus, Go, etc.), he has also been introducing his two children to character genres typically cherished by geeks, thereby providing a good base for introducing table-top games to them which carry similar themes to make the play more interesting and story-like. He hopes that by playing games with the children while they are young, they will continue the hobby later in life and still want to play with Daddy even as teenagers and older. Karl goes by the handle kfritz on Board Game Geek.

One Response to Alfredo’s Food Fight Game Review

  1. Cyrus says:

    Ants in the Pants continues to be a popular game in my house and one I cannot (for the life of me) figure out how to play well. This game might be magically showing up at my house (and Ants in the Pants mysteriously disappearing).

    Great review, Karl!

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