Disney Tsum Tsum, pronounced ‘Soom Soom’, is a range of Japanese stuffed toys based on Disney characters. The name is derived from the Japanese verb tsumu, which translates ‘to stack’. Indeed, these tiny little plush cuties are designed to stack on top of each other, forming a pyramid shape.
The toys were first released in Japan in 2013 and later in the United States in July 2014. The floodgates of marketing had opened and soon we had not only plush, but plastic versions, keychains, and of course, the Disney Tsum Tsum Bubble Fever Card Game:
I’ve included the rules below, but in a nutshell, this game is “a fast-paced race to stack matching Tsum Tsums! Pop the piles with bubble cards to score big, but be quick as every pile is up for grabs!”
I like to collect these games for the boards, play pieces, and cards. Bubble Fever has no shortage of cards! Here is the full selection of the standard playing Tsum Cards:
The last card, above right, is a Bubble Card. It has this design on both sides and is used to claim stacks of Tsum Cards.
Large Tsum Cards, below, are worth more points at the end of the game:
But it all begins with the Starter Cards:
Although this is a game for children of 6 and up, the rules are a bit complicated, and so it might take a few plays to get the hang of it for them. Up to 4 people can play and the claim is that it should only take about 10 minutes to complete a round. If you’ve ever spent time with a 6-year-old, you know that nothing gets finished in 10 minutes! So good luck with that.
The designer of this game is Forrest-Pruzan Creative and it was published by Wonder Forge. For more information about Bubble Fever, check out the game resource site Board Game Geek. You’ll even find a video review.