Smile is a game of making bold bids and crafting devious plots to claim the critters worth the most points. With the critters out of their enclosure, you have a golden opportunity to round up the best ones for yourself. But keeping them out of the other players’ hands won’t be easy. Choose when to make your move and when to hold back if you want to claim the cutest critters as your own.
During each of the game’s ten rounds, critter cards equal to the number of players are revealed from the deck. Players then compete to lure the available critters by offering up fireflies. On their turn, each player can choose to either stay in the round or bow out and collect a card with at least one firefly on it. To stay in the round—and remaining in the hunt for the most valuable critters—you must place a single firefly on the creature with the lowest value. As a result, dropping out of the round means settling for fewer points while gaining all the fireflies on the card you take.
Lights in the Dark
Each round of Smile affects the next, opening all sorts of devious strategies. You could drive up your opponents’ bids on mediocre critters early on so that they don’t have enough fireflies to compete for better ones in later rounds. Or you could amass a horde of fireflies early and use them to make a dramatic comeback by outbidding your opponents in the later rounds.
No matter what approach you take, Smile gives you subtle ways to affect what critters you—and your opponents—wind up with at the end of the game. For example, if you ever get two critters with the same color in the top-left corner, you remove both critters from the game. This means that, if you play skillfully enough to nab the right critters, you can eliminate your cards worth negative points. Or you could be even more devious and leave an opponent with a critter that forces them to discard some of their valuable cards.
The light is falling and time is growing short. There’s no telling what sorts of trouble your critters will get into if you don’t find them soon.
Gather your lightning bugs and round up the best critters in Smile, arriving soon!