Thrift Treasure: Frog Juice

Thrift Treasure: Frog Juice

If there is ever an award for the most oddly-named card game, this week’s thrift treasure would certainly be a finalist. Frog Juice by Gamewright caught our eye at our local Goodwill just because of the unique name. The sticker price of 88 cents didn’t hurt either!

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

After a little research, it appears our copy is also the first edition of Frog Juice from 1995. Three later versions were published in 1997, 2003 and 2010, all with different art on the box. Based upon the condition of the box and the hardly-worn cards inside, it doesn’t look like it got much play over the past 20+ years.

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

The only thing included is a deck of 59 cards, made up of two different card types. There are Concoction Cards, which have values printed on them similar to a standard playing card deck, and Power Cards. Some Power Cards have values while others are blank and allow you to perform special actions.

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

Each player begins with a hand of four cards, and an additional four are laid out face-up in the center of the table, next to the draw pile. On your turn you can choose to take one of five actions. The most common will be to Capture Cards.

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

To capture a card from the four face-up cards, simply play a card with a matching value. Then collect both cards and add them to your personal Power and Concoction Piles. These are piles used for scoring and once a card is placed into it, cannot be used again. You can capture multiple cards from the center by playing a high-numbered card from your hand which equals the sum of the cards you’re trying to capture.  The opposite is also possible – capture a higher-value card from the center by playing multiple cards from your hand that add up to its value.

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

Other special cards include a Black Cat which allows you to steal a Power Card from another player and put it into your own Power Pile, Spell Cards which provide another way to collect cards from the center (or other players) if they have the ingredients listed on the card and Witch Cards that allow you to simply take all the cards from the center and put them in your piles.

This week we picked up Frog Juice by Gamewright at our local Goodwill. Wonder if this witch-themed card game has the right recipe! - SahmReviews.com

Frog Juice ends when all cards from the Draw Deck are used up and players have no more playable cards in their hands. Face-up cards in the center and incomplete spells are discarded. Each person receives one point for each card in their personal Power Pile and the player with the most Concoction Cards receives an addition two points. Obviously, the player with the most points wins!

You can still find new copies of Frog Juice on Amazon for under $10 shipped. With four versions having been released, it may only be a matter of time until you find yours at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill!

Have you ever bought a game just because of the title?

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

7 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Frog Juice»

  1. AngelaS says:

    I’ve never heard of the game, sounds like a modified gin rummy. My most recent thrift store find was a stainless steel, step-on trash can that looked brand new and a set of stainless steel dog bowls. They were sitting next to each other on the shelf and cost $4.82 out the door. I was thrilled. Both were on my waiting for a killer sale list of useful but can’t justify the cost items.

    1. Scott says:

      You never know what you’ll find! Today we found two more games (that will appear on the site in the future) and when we went to check out they told us all board games were 50% off! We didn’t even know about the sale!

  2. Connie says:

    I’ve never heard of this game. It looks like fun. Might have to look for it.

  3. Brandy says:

    This Frog Juice sounds pretty nifty, I am certain having a new card game like this in the house would be a great fit for the kiddos. I will have to pick it up, not a bad price either!

  4. Kristi says:

    Was trying to think of why this game sounded familiar but didn’t look familiar. I finally remembered… we gave it as a birthday gift a few years ago but must have been one of the other editions.

  5. Nicole says:

    I have never heard of the Frog Juice card game, but that’s definitely a unique name for a game! My kids love simple card games like this one.

  6. Becky says:

    I’ve honestly never heard of the Frog Juice game. It looks interesting. There have been occasions where I have bought games, because of the title. To this day my husband and I still play the Legend of the 5 Rings, lol.

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