Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart! was first published by Funko Games in 2021. In the game you take turns playing as the Grinch and the Whos. As the holidays approach, the Grinch is his usual grouchy self. It is time to try and bring joy to the Grinch and hopefully grow the size of his heart. The goal is to acquire cards that match various scoring combinations in order to increase your score and win the game.
Year: 2021 | Publisher: Funko Games | Designer: Funko Games | Artist: NA
Genres: Card, Family, Set Collection
Ages: 6+ | Number of Players: 2-6 | Length of Game: 15-20 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High
Components: 48 cards, Grinch tile, 2 Heart tokens, score pad, instructions
Objective of Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart!
The objective of Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart! is to score more points from your cards than the other players.
- Take a score sheet and write each players’ initials in one of the columns at the top of the sheet.
- Shuffle the cards and place them face down in the middle of the table.
- The oldest player will be the Grinch in the first round. They will take the Grinch tile and both Heart tokens.
Playing Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart!
The game is played over a number of rounds. The number of rounds that you will play is determined by the number of players:
- Two players – Six rounds
- Three players – Six rounds
- Four players – Four rounds
- Five players – Five rounds
- Six players – Six rounds
In each round one of the players will play as the Grinch. The rest of the players will play as the Whos.
Playing A Round
Each round begins with each player being dealt two cards from the draw pile. Players may look at their own cards, but shouldn’t show them to the other players.
The Who players will take their turn first. All of the Who players will take their turn at the same time.
Each Who player will draw two cards from the draw pile to add to their hand. They will then choose one card from their hand to add to their own personal discard pile.
The Grinch player will then take their turn. They will draw two cards. Unlike the Who players though, they can either take cards from the draw pile or the top of any of the players’ discard piles (this includes their own discard pile). They can take two cards from the same pile, or they can choose to take cards from two different piles.
The Grinch player will then discard one of the cards from their hand to their own personal discard pile.
The Grinch player will now look at their Grinch tile. The number inside the heart shows how many cards each player should have in their hand.
Find the next highest Heart token that hasn’t been added to the Grinch tile. Place this tile on top of the Grinch tile.
You will now play another turn. The Whos will draw two more cards and discard one. The Grinch player will then take their turn.
The round will continue until there are no more Heart tokens to add to the Grinch tile (three turns have been played/there are five cards in your hand). Play will then move onto scoring.
During the round each player will acquire five cards. Each player will use these five cards for one of the game’s scoring options. Each player can choose which option they want to score. The players don’t all have to score the same option each round.
Once you have used a scoring option, you may not score it again for the rest of the game. Once you have tallied your score, you will write it down in the corresponding row on the score sheet.
The various scoring options in the game are as follows:
Wreaths: Total the number of points printed on your green Wreath cards.
Noise: Total the points printed on your yellow Noise cards.
Ornaments: Total the points printed on your pink Ornament cards.
Presents: Total the points printed on your blue Present cards.
Rainbow: Total the highest numbered card you have of each color.
Match Number: You will score points based on how many cards you have of the same number.
- Three cards: 10 points
- Four cards: 20 points
- Five cards: 30 points
Run in Order: You will score points by having four or more cards in numerical order.
- Four cards: 15 points
- Five cards: 25 points
Some of the cards in Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart! feature the opportunity to score bonus points. You may score points from a bonus even if it is on a card that you would otherwise not score points from. You can score multiple bonuses in the same round.
Bonus +5: To score the five bonus points, you must have one or more cards of the suit/color shown at the bottom of the card.
Bonus +10: To score the ten bonus points, you must have three or more cards of the suit/color shown at the bottom of the card.
Start the Next Round
After all of the players have finished scoring their cards, the role of Grinch will pass to the next player clockwise (left). The Grinch tile and Heart tokens are passed to this player.
Shuffle all of the cards together. The next round is then played in the same way as the previous round.
End of Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart!
Dr. Seuss Grinch Grow Your Heart! ends when the corresponding number of rounds have been played. All of the players should have played as the Grinch the same number of rounds.
Each player will add up the points they scored from all of the rounds. The player that scored the most points, wins the game.
If there is a tie, the tied players share the victory.