SUMMARY: An explosive deck with great packaging
I love some excitement, and the Firecracker deck looks explosive from the moment you first set eyes on the box, which has been cleverly designed to look exactly like a package of actual fireworks. This deck was originally created in a Kickstarter campaign by The Futurist Co, timed to be released ahead of the 4th of July. But let's face it, fireworks are fun at any time of the year, especially with the colour they add to the night sky!
The tuck box design was inspired from authentic firecracker artwork made in Macau in the 1950s. It even comes complete with a warning: "CAUTION - EXPLOSIVE. Place on ground. Light fuse and get away. Use outdoors under adult supervision only. Do not hold in hand." The packaging is intended as a tribute to those hot summer nights, where neighbourhood children would gleefully unwrap a package like this, and get their thrills blowing stuff up!
The card-back has a vintage look, and illustrates a number of firework bombs strung together. In keeping with the theme and setting, the face cards have a deliberate vintage look, with a yellowed and aged touch, where elements of the cards look faded and worn. This is particularly evident on the court cards, but all the card faces employ a beige colour and are designed to appear as if they were printed on wrinkled paper, which heightens the retro feel.
The court cards are decked in gold, to ensure a minimal colour scheme that looks beautiful, and yet where the colours don't detract from the overall effect. The pips also have a thematic touch - they are exploding into life! A fading effect has also been implemented to the pips, to enhance this effect even further. As a final touch, the Jokers feature a 1950s version of Lady Luck herself sits astride a rocket - similar artwork is used on the box cover - while card-backs also have enough colour to enhance the look of a fan or spread.
From the moment I first saw this deck, I knew it would go off like a bang, and be a big hit, and that's exactly the reaction it's had with people who have seen it!
- BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame