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tiroh .
Germany
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10
Nov 2006*
One of my favourites at Essen2006. The double sided board and several game variants are addictive, challenging and fascinating. Especially the idea of using a ScrapYard for unwanted tiles creates new tactical approaches. Great fun!
2006-11-12*
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Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
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10
Dec 2006*
(addressed to chap who thinks the luck element is too high) Luck? Luck? Have you even opened the box and read the rules? The only luck in this game, good or bad, affects ALL the players simultaneously - got a crap score? That's your own fault, matey.

Welcome back, Pete!
2006-12-06*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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10
Apr 2007*
(2 plays) I already love Take It Easy, which didn't necessarily mean I'd love this... but I do! Bigger, meaner, funner, delicious-agonier. Love it.
2007-04-22*
Damian
Germany
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10
May 2010
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
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10
Nov 2013
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2013-11-07
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Fiske Warren
Australia
Perth
Western Australia
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9
Dec 2006*
What a super new game - Take It Easy with lots of extra ideas. The Scrapyard, a place to put unwanted tiles but at the risk of incurring 60 penalty points, is inspired. I also like the bonus scores available on some tiles provided that 2 or 3 lines are completed through them. The 64 tiles (as opposed to only 27 in Take It Easy) were a bit daunting at first but we soon became used to them. Lots of angst as one has to decide which rows to abandon. I would heartily recommend this game to lovers of Take It Easy and I can see it being played a lot.
2006-12-08*
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Greg Frank
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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9
Apr 2009*
Great little strategy game.
2009-04-05
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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9
Aug 2007*
A game I have not mastered yet but love to play.
2007-08-09*
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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9
Jan 2013
An expanded, ramped up version of Take It Easy. Players play the same tiles in Bingo caller fashion onto their own individual player mats. The base game - the Nexus board - is a huge (compared to Take It Easy) playing area and includes a Scrap board for junking tiles. There are several additional differences, including Bonus tiles, sun/moon tile suits, and looking after the Scrap board to avoid a penalty there. The tile set has also been expanded, adding 10, 11 and 12 tiles now. The flip side of the Nexus board is the Orchid board, which is much friendlier. If you love Take It Easy, run for this game as it's bigger, more fiendish, and much better. Great stuff - the only problem is that it's so hard to find in Australia.
2007-08-12*
Dean Rekich
United States
Lyndora
Pennsylvania
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9
Oct 2009*
Very enjoyable game. Even though it is very aggravating when you rows do not work out, at the same time I find the game very relaxing. Now that I have it, I doubt Take It Easy will get much play.
2007-09-01*
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David Brain
United Kingdom
London, UK
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9
Oct 2007*
The gamer's version of one of the best non-gamers' games around. Heaven and Hell in the same game.
A rare example of an increased rating from me - this has gone up following more plays. Magic.
2007-10-31*
Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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9
Nov 2008*
Wow, as if the original doesn't have enough turn angst already, now it's taken to a whole new level. I expected just a larger board and more tiles, but there are some clever ideas here, such as the bonus tiles and the scrap yard.
2008-06-06*
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Thom Parkin
United States
Sanford
Florida
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9
Dec 2008*
An Excellent game.
This is "Bingo for Mensa!"
2008-09-27*
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Some Guy
United States
Portland
OR
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9
Dec 2008*
Played it a few times, but I just played the Orchid board for the first time. I recommend trying this one. It is half as long, but just as tense.
2008-11-21*
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Stephanie K.
United States
Los Angeles
California
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9
Feb 2009*
I love this game. Probably should rate it, huh?
2009-02-22
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Rick Stonebraker
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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9
May 2012
Take it to the limit one more time.
Fun fast and easy to get started.
2009-06-17
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Marc Gilutin
United States
Alhambra
California
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8.75
Nov 2012
Great fun. "TWELVE!!!!"
2008-01-12*
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Big Woo
Scotland
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8.5
Dec 2006*
Pipe-fitters' Bingo, but the sort in which you mostly have yourself to blame if the last numbers called really mess up your best laid plans. Also a game in which you can be chuffed to bits with your own cleverness when a tile fits particularly well.

So, Take it Easy! has grown up, and is still a pleasingly tasty dish of simply matching coloured pipe tiles, camouflaging a clever game of numbers and probability. But somehow the handful of extra ingredients have stirred up a pure taste explosion. Although I'm pretty sure there will be people who'll consider the increased BOARD size, additional bonus points, scrapyard board, and new means to keep a pipe "alive" unnecessary clutter, I'm in the exact opposite camp. I'm amazed how snugly these additions integrate with the original game. Maybe they wanted to be a natural part of it all along.

I certainly prefer Take it to the Limit over its earlier incarnation. The new challenges uncover a whole new layer of agonizing decision making, increase their depth, and what was a sweet filler has just become a spicy main course, using near identical ingredients. A master-chef-stroke has made this one of the better competitive puzzles out there. Even folk who usually shun the more abstract games will often find this too intriguing to dismiss. It has become a bit longer to play, but you won't notice, and still immediately suggest a rematch or two. Highly addictive.

It's easy to presume that since everyone gets the same tiles to play, that there is no real luck involved, but that's only a half-truth. Everyone will have to commit at some point, and the moanful groans and small cries of joy that accompany every one of the last few tiles will give you an immediate indication whose luck has just run out, and who is still in the running for the top prize. But keeping your options open as long as possible is pure skill, and dealing with a tile that really doesn't fit is almost more fun than just plonking the one in that fits perfectly. To block a pipe that you worked hard for, and that looked so promising, is like sacrificing one of your own kids: heartbreaking. You'll quickly realize that taking great care in placing the sun and moon tiles is the key to a high-scoring board. We prefer the option where tiles may be placed anywhere on the board over the one where tiles need to be joined to what's already there.

Additional players will add a bit of downtime, as each player will face tricky tiles that take some placement consideration at different points in the game. But since each one knows exactly how nice it is to have that wee bit more time when you get one of those tiles, it is also easy to be patient when someone's frown gets deeper the longer they stare at their board.

I would give it a 9 if it came with a little Bingo gnome to sort out the tiles before the game can start, so they are easier to spot when the drawing player calls them out. But that is really the only bit that vaguely irritates me. But how many games can you name that are equally entertaining when played solo?
2006-12-24*
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Cynthia Landon
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8.5
Aug 2007*
I like this game a lot. It is great because if you have several copies, an unlimited number of people can play. It is great for big groups.... it is fun to hear people agonizing over the decisions they are being forced to make. I prefer the more basic rules-it is already plenty to think about. We usually play with the basic rules plus the bonus tiles but without the moons and suns. We haven't tried playing with the side board yet but I hope to soon.
2007-08-31*
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Jonathan Tang
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8.5
Jul 2009*
This is an excellent abstract-ish multiplayer solitaire game. It sounds dry, and even looking at the box I was worried, but it turned out to be a fun and tense little filler. Highly recommended if you like games like Blokus or Ingenious.
2009-04-19
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Tyler
Canada
London
Ontario
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8.5
Apr 2012
Multiplayer solitaire game that is actually extremely fun! I never played Take it Easy, just went straight to this one and have not been disappointed at all.

A great game for all ages, and no one can complain about the luck one bit because everyone plays the exact same tiles in the exact same order, it is your choice of what to do with that tile.

Another great 'gateway' game to suck people into boardgaming. Not well known but should be!
2009-04-06
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Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8.5
Dec 2008*
Awesome game with a lot of potential for players ranging from 1 to 12+ (1-6 with a single copy). Not quite Factory Fun, but still a great game with incredible potential.
2008-11-21*
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Mitchell Thomashow
United States
Seattle
Washington
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8
Dec 2006*
I don't think this is better or worse than Take it Easy. It's simply a more complicated, longer, and more intricate elaboration. I do find it more interesting than the original but that's probably because it's new and somewhat different. Unlike the original, however, I find that playing one round satisfies me sufficiently. Indeed, if I play more than one round I start trying to fit the tile pieces onto the board as I try to fall asleep. I do intend to play single round games more frequently and I like the expnaded layout and scoring options.
2006-12-26*
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Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
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8
Dec 2010
Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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8
Feb 2008*
Further play has improved my opinion of Take it to the Limit. This is a much more interesting, more tactical version of Take it Easy. Take it Easy was a wonderful, accessible, light-ish game; Take it to the Limit is a much more textured, subtle, and interesting borderline gamer's-game. It's still fundamentally a risk-taking game, but there are so many more subtleties to the risk-taking, and so many more flavors of risk, that it makes for a far more engaging game for the experienced gamer (I wouldn't spring it on a casual or first-time gamer though; Take it Easy is the much more effective gateway game).

I like both the Nexus and the Orchid board; they're both very clever. The Orchid is definitely more playable, quicker, and the better choice for first-timers (even those who have played the original Take it Easy). If you're going to play with casual gamers, the Orchid is the way to go. The Nexus board is meatier and a real challenge.

Almost worth getting a second copy so you can play with 7-12. 12 might be too many, but 7-8 would be cool.
2008-02-12*
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Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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8
Mar 2007*
I favour the more elegant simplicity of its smaller forerunner (a 10 for me) but this provides a good change of pace. Both boards are interesting. The large board makes for a longer game - especially while you try to save your bonuses. Worth getting for jaded TIE fans
2007-03-29*
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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8
Jun 2007*
Multiplayer solitaire. If you like that kind of do-it-yourself puzzle games, then you like this one.
2007-06-25*
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Jon W
United States
Aurora
CO
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8
Apr 2008*
Great game, more interesting than TIE, and the Lotus game is really not much more complex (though the sun/moon sorting is annoying). Still, definitely less friendly for kids and casual folks, but...that's the point, I think.

Unfortunately packaged in an oversized box, and with oversized boards. Standard square Kosmos/FFG box would've been fine.
2011-01-13
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Randy Schmucker
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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8
Sep 2007*
This one is addicting.
2007-09-21*
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Mark Delano
United States
Stamford
Connecticut
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8
Jan 2009*
Much better than Take it Easy. The scrapyard and sun/moons add interesting elements of decision making, and mean that every tile play has meaning right through the end of the game.
2008-06-22*
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Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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8
Oct 2008*
Nice tile-optimization game. Just some irritating luck element with last tiles..
2007-12-10*
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Joerg Schaefer
Germany
Frankfurt
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8
Oct 2008*
Great tile-laying puzzle. The Bingo principle is taken to a new dimension which makes it a feasible principle for gamers. The rules can be explained in two minutes and everybody is involved all the time in this multiplayer solitaire. Even with many players there is no downtime and AP shouldn't become a problem. Too bad that my girlfriend didn't like it. It was horrible for her to destroy her coloured lines as she likes to build things.
2008-01-09*
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Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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8
Jan 2008*
This totally doesn't seem like a game that I'd like, but I love it! More options and ways to score points than Take It Easy, but maintains the relaxing and pleasing bingo-esque feel.
2008-01-16*
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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Jan 2008*
Only played Orchid board. I expected a bingo-like game, but found a much more interesting activity of competing to best solve an emerging puzzle. My wife (a non-gamer) liked it, so it occupies a special place in my collection.
2010-04-07
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Lucas Hedgren
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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8
Apr 2008*
Advanced Take it Easy, which is in itself, Advanced Bingo. So, Super Advanced Bingo?
2008-04-16*
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Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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8
Mar 2008*
Interesting game where all players place the same randomly drawn tiles on their individual displays.
Definitely some luck, but strategy is still important.
It looks and sounds like a Bingo session, but way more fun!
2008-03-31*
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Eric Knauer
United States
Heathrow
Florida
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8
Jul 2008*
I really enjoy playing the online solitaire game, Take it Easy, and was excited to learn an updated version was coming out. You can still play the game with the original rules (more tiles in the new game however), but the nice thing about Take it to the Limit is the ability to choose among several new variants. However you choose, play is addictive including some nice end game tension as you place your remaining tiles.
2008-05-05*
Squeeker
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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8
Dec 2012
More of a brain-burner than Take It Easy.
2012-12-30
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Jonas
United States
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8
May 2009*
Great quick game that may seem very light, but everyone will be in thought of where to put those last few pieces.
2009-05-18
Philippe Beaudoin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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Jan 2010*
I have never played Take It Easy and was told that it was the simpler, family-friendly version of that game. Regarding "Take it to the limit", its a very good game, which reminds me somehow of "poker solitaire". There is a good tension between deciding which tile to keep and which to throw to the side board... Trying to score the "hubs" is an interesting challenge, and managing which lines you'll keep and which one you'll scrap is full of tough decisions. The only drawback is the setup time and the space needed on the table.
2010-01-01
Todd Keinick
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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8
May 2010
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2010-05-24
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Jason Leveille
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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8
Nov 2011
If you really like the base game, this really adds some sweet twists for a larger board and using even more pieces to give you even more choices. It adds some twists with bonus tiles and a side board that counts for all-or-nothing as well as the Orchid board, that has some interesting optional choices about which pieces to count.
2011-11-24
James Barnes
United States
Spartanburg
South Carolina
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7.85
Mar 2010
A Puzzling good time! A very compelling game! Every time I finish a game I feel like playing again...I am literally compelled to try to get a perfect puzzle...it may never happen...but I have to try! This plays well with 1 to 6 players or more if you own more than one copy! The solo game is great on either board and the use of the scrapyard is a clever scoring mechanic with 2 or more players! Fun!
2010-03-05
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David Thompson
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7.75
May 2009*
Loads of fun in the ultimate multi-player solitaire. Has a bit of a Bingo feel to it, and we've actually played it with large groups of people and as many as three sets. It's fun to chant out the numbers you are hoping for as the caller is selecting the tile. Doesn't seem to influence the tile draw, but I keep doing it anyway. A great way to finish a long day of gaming when you can't think anymore.

This edition has a few changes vs. Take it Easy! - more tiles for a longer game with the nexus board, additional scoring opportunities with sunbeams and moon rays, and more tile flexibility with the scrap yard (when playing with the nexus board) or with the orchid spaces (when playing with the orchid board). A great addition to a classic game.
2009-07-02
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James Faulkner
United Kingdom
Banstead
Surrey
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7.5
Jan 2010*
Big bonus that the other half likes to play this one. For some reason that I'm not sure of I seem unable to win this game even though I had a very good record at its simpler parent 'Take it Easy'.
2007-08-21*
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Monica Rehaug
Norway
Ler
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7.5
Oct 2008*
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2007-09-29*
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Nataline VF
United States
San Diego
California
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7.5
Apr 2008*
So many second, expanded editions of games fail to meet my expectations (the only exception is Ubongo: das Duell).

This game is good, it gives you more options. The 40 and 80 point bonus tiles get a little fiddly when it comes time to score, but overall they force tougher decisions. It does not get as much play as Take It Easy because it seems we are perennially playing with noobs who can't handle the big board.
2008-04-21*
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Uisge Beatha
Scotland
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7.5
Jul 2008*
Since the essence of TiE's appeal is its simplicity and this is a more complex version, I wasn't expecting to like it much. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to play and enjoy it - not as much as the original, admittedly, but this is still worthwhile playing.
2009-07-31
Gordon Watson
United Kingdom
Banstead
Surrey - United Kingdom
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7.5
Apr 2011
Good (light) puzzle type game. Completely multi-player solitare but given the short playing time that is no problem. Creates a good amount of angst and tension for such an abstract game.

Very colourful and well produced - the riot of colour suits the game well, unlike on Kamisado (by the same makers)
2011-05-22
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Andrew Brooks
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Jan 2014
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