First Impressions: Friday The Card Game

I am on a bit of a solitaire kick at the moment and one of the recurring recommendations from Facebook and BoardGameGeek was Friday, the second game by Friedemann Friese.

Friday is about Robinson Crusoe and his man, Friday. You play as Friday and must help Robinson Crusoe survive the island and prepare him to defeat the pirates.

Friday is a solitaire deck-building game in which you optimise your deck of fight cards in order to defeat the hazards of the island and two pirate ships. During a turn the player will attempt to defeat hazard cards by playing fight cards from their deck. If defeated, a hazard will become a fight card and is added to the players deck. If failed the player will lose life tokens but also get the opportunity to remove played cards from their fight deck. Finally the player will use their optimised fight deck to defeat two evil pirate ships allowing Robinson Crusoe to escape the island!


Friday is pretty simply to set up, it is made up of around 80 cards, a few placemats for the cards and 22 green tree tokens which represent Friday’s health points.

The cards are divided up into:

Hazard cards: challenges faced on the island
Battles cards: used to tackle the challenges and fight off enemies
Pirate cards: the final bosses should you survive the earlier stages of the game
Phase cards: indicate which of the 3 phases of the game you are currently in (green, amber or red)


The game itself comprises a few draw sections, you first draw 2 hazard cards, picking one and discarding the other.

The hazard card shows the target to achieve based on the number of battle cards you are asked to pull.

If you win the battle, you keep the hazard card, it gets added to your battle pile and its effects will help you towards your goal of beating the pirates.

However, if you lose, you drop health points and if they run out, its goodnight Vienna and this happens, it happens A LOT!

This game is tough, just when you think you are doing well, a mad hazard card will drop and it’ll decimate you.

All that being said, I had a lot of fun getting my ass whipped by all the dangers on the island, so much so that I look forward to going back!

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Game Details:

Designer Friedemann Friese
Artist Harald Lieske, Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Publisher 2F-Spiele, 999 Games, Arclight, Edge Entertainment, Filosofia Éditions, Kaissa Chess & Games, Lacerta, Meanbook Games, Rio Grande Games, Siam Board Games, Swan Panasia Co., Ltd., edizioni
Year Published 2011
# of Players 1 – 1
User Suggested # of Players Best with 1+ players
Recommended with 1 players
(311 voters)
Playing Time 25
Mfg Suggested Ages 13 and up
User Suggested Ages 12 and up
(88 voters)
Language Dependence Some necessary text – easily memorized or small crib sheet
(84 voters)
Category Adventure, Card Game, Fighting, Novel-based, Pirates
Mechanic Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management, Push Your Luck, Solo / Solitaire Game
Family Players: Games with Solitaire Rules, Players: Solitaire Only Card Games, Players: Solitaire Only Games, Series: Freitag-Project (Friedemann Friese), Theme: Tropical Islands
Primary Name Friday
Alternate Names Freitag, Pátek, Piętaszek, Vendredi, Venerdì, Viernes, Vrijdag, ΡΟΒΙΝΣΩΝΑΣ, ฟรายเด’, ロビンソン漂流記, 星期五

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