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Nice idea, but lacks excitement
on 30 June 2008
I ordered this from the Amazon Vine program so that I could play it with my kids. We'd had a huge amount of fun with our previous order (Uno Spin) and hoped for a similar experience.
Unfortunately, this product (beautifully presented and packaged) didn't deliver any fun. It's a simple enough idea, and actually that's part of the problem.
The game board contains two pictures of each card in a standard deck of cards (except Jacks/Knaves). Two packs of cards are shuffled, each player (max of three players) receives a hand of cards, and they take turns to place a counter on the picture of a card in their hand. They discard the card, and get dealt another one. The first player to make a row of five counters wins. To help this along, the corners of the board are wildcards that any player can use if they are adjacent to it. The reason the Jacks/Knaves are omitted from the game board is that they are also work as wildcards. Some of them allow a player to add their counter to any unoccupied square, and some allow a player to remove any counter.
This all sounds like it should work, but it doesn't. The game takes twenty minutes to play, and is visually quite complex - my kids, 8 and 10, understood the rules but struggled to locate the pictures that matched their cards, as did I on occasion. The game quickly turned into a "waiting for Jacks" experience. Their interest waned quickly, two of the dozen games we played ended prematurely, and on no occasion did they want a second game. And to be honest, I was quite relieved!
This is a stark contrast to any number of similar games we've bought - Uno, Rummikub, Triominoes, Shut The Box - which they can't get enough of.
This game is marketed as "Easy enough for children, challenging for adults!", and while that's true, it's interesting to note that there is also a "Sequence for Kids" product available separately.
All in all, a bit of a disappointment.