Zatre (1990)

Average Rating: 6.40/10
Board Game Rank: 3197
Abstract Games Rank: 205
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Publisher
Year Published
1990
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Subdomain
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Mechanic
Primary Name
Zatre
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Zatre is short for Zahlen & Treppen, numbers and steps. The publisher was obliged to replace the phrase "scrabbling with numbers" for "dominoes for the 21st century" on the box, but really it is just Scrabble with numbers. And very good for it, it is too. There are 121 tiles with 1-6 dots like a standard die or domino (20 of each number plus an extra 1). Players alternately draw and place 2 tiles on the board extending the pattern already laid. When you make a vertical or horizontal line that totals 10, 11 or 12 (12 is the limit), you score 1, 2 or 4 points accordingly on your game pad. Completing scoring lines on the pad gives a rising bonus and covering marked squares on the board gives you a doubling bonuses on your pad.

Simple and quick, but surprisingly challenging when you get the idea. The idea being that you must keep an even, balanced score pad, scoring 10s and 11s, not just successive 12s. Easy to pick up, but it requires some effort to score well; spotting those opportunities to place one tile which scores each way, making sure you keep clocking up 10s, to turn into 11s or 12s. Luck does play a role, but good players consistently score highly game after game, so there must be something deeper at work.
The publisher Perner maintains a website with play & chat over the internet and there are several very active Zatre clubs in Germany, Austria & Switzerland. Players results are scored on the ranking table on the website.

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Amigo Version
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
Artist: Barbara Spelger
Year: 2005
Product Code: 5370
Size: 14.76 x 10.63 x 2.17 inches
2.55 pounds
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Perner Plastic-Hardcover version
Publisher: Perner Produktions
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Year: 1999
Size: 15.35 x 7.48 x 1.57 inches
English, French, German
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PERI Edition with Mind Sports Olympiad
Publisher: Perner Produktions
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Year: 1998
Size: 13.50 x 9.75 x 2.20 inches
German
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PERI edition with SdJ Auswahlliste
Publisher: Peri Spiele
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Year: 1993
Size: 13.39 x 9.45 x 1.57 inches
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First edition
Publisher: Newcome Spiele Vertrieb
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Year: 1990
Size: 16.54 x 8.27 x 1.18 inches
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 3197
Abstract Games Rank: 205
Num Ratings: 229
Average Rating: 6.40
Standard Deviation: 1.50
Num Views: 22297
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.1
Fans: 3
Personal Comments: 63
Users Owning: 379
Users Wanting: 4
Users Trading: 16 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
Price History: View
Total Plays: 589
Plays This Month: 2
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