Review: Kobito

In Kobito, you are going to make rainbows with the help of leprechauns and try to win the money pots at the end of the rainbows.


Jolly Dutch




Game overview

Kobito is a card game in which you will make rainbows to win the money pot at the end of the rainbow.

You begin a turn of Kobito by replenishing your hand to 5 cards. Then you must play at least 1 card plus 1 card for each rainbow in your personal area. So if you started 2 rainbows in your personal area you must play at least 3 cards. You may always play more cards. 

Cards can be played at the rainbows near the 3 gold pots or in your personal area. There is a rainbow next to each of the three gold pots and the maximum size of the rainbow is indicated on the gold pot. The player who places the last card on the rainbow takes the pot of gold which is worth points at the end of the game. Cards may be placed to the left or right of the rainbow and must always be in succession to the number already there. You can play cards in your personal area and thereby save cards to complete a rainbow in one go. Be careful not to start too many rainbows in your personal area as all the cards you cannot play will cost you points at the end of the game. 

If there are only 2 gold pot cards left and the supply is exhausted, the game ends immediately. You then add up all the points of your Gold Pots and subtract 3 points for each card you couldn't play. The player with the most points wins the game!

Our thoughts

Kobito is a colorful and cheerful card game in which you will collect rainbows. When you open the box of cards, you immediately become cheerful. The cheerful colors will immediately greet you! 

This little game looks nice on the table, even though it only consists of cards! Kobito can be explained to your fellow players in less than 5 minutes, but it will give you 20 to 30 minutes of fun! We have enjoyed ourselves several times with a game of Kobito. It is a light-hearted game with enough challenge in it to keep your attention. However, we personally found the game a bit on the long side for what it is. We love simple, set collection card games, but most of them play a lot faster than Kobito. We would put those games on the table faster than Kobito anyway. For us, if you could play Kobito in about 15 minutes, it would have been a perfect card game for in-between play.

Despite what we consider to be a long playing time, Kobito is an entertaining game that plays smoothly. The game has simple rules, but contains enough interesting choices throughout the game that often keep the game exciting until the end. We can always appreciate it when a game is simple, yet challenging. In Kobito, this is certainly the case. The game is also on the long side, but turns are over fast. The longer playing time is therefore not a major drawback.

As far as we're concerned, it's always handy to expand your collection of small card games. We are certainly happy with the addition of Kobito to our collection. The game will not be standard on the table during game nights, but we will certainly enjoy it regularly! If you are also fond of smaller card games, then Kobito is definitely a must!

Pros and cons

+ Happy colours
+ Simple but challenging

- Playtime is on the long side


This game has been kindly gifted to us for review purposes by Jolly Dutch.