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Allegory (2021) is a collecting game where you use cards to create three stories with strong moral themes. You play by bidding for Theme cards and adding them to one of your three stories, matching themes and threading together morals. It is a game of bidding, selecting and utilising your resources in order to write a story strong enough for it to be passed down through the ages.

You play as an author, whose aim is to craft three morality tales using the themes of nature, energy and spirit. You bid to decide the order of play and then select cards from a shared Inspiration pile. The first part of a round plays out like a game of poker, as you choose to bid, raise or pass. Once the order is decided, the winner takes a card and adds it to one of their Story piles.

As you play, this bidding and selecting becomes more complex due to the Lore bidding tokens. As your supply of these dwindles you are forced to balance choosing the best cards with topping up your Lore tokens ready for future rounds. Once someone has ten cards in their story, the game ends and you count up your scores. You score points for collecting sets of three themes, adding cards to your stories that match your secret moral mission and for your least high-scoring story. The winner is the player with the most points.

What starts as a simple card-collecting game, quickly becomes a balancing act of outbidding your opposition and not running too low on Lore tokens in case the perfect card appears. Like any auction you have to be tactical, and thoughtful and avoid getting swept along by the bids of others, leaving yourself empty-handed and unable to act.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Allegory 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Narrative game with Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. This is a relatively simple game to learn, but its complexity lies in the two-part structure of each round and the three methods of scoring at the end. You can expect to be able to play fairly quickly but may need to play a few times to fully develop your card selection process.

The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Look at all the theme cards and make sure that you know which story they need to go in.
  • Practise bidding against each other to ensure you all understand how this works.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 50 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to balance their spending and not get drawn into a bidding war too early in the game. They also need to be able to balance the three ways of scoring points.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Collecting, Narrative (Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Calliope Games (@CalliopeGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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