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Kelly Thomas
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
May 2003*
This is a great game. I give it my highest rating.
2003-05-26*
Owned
Todd Trimmer
United States
Arlington
Texas
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10
Mar 2005*
Fun when using the variant that any tile w/ 2 gray cubes gets wiped and reallocated. Otherwise, it's too easy for a tile to get locked down for way too long. Or worse, when two tiles are locked down that way! Oy!

Endgame is fascinating! For such a simple game, the timing and coordination one must muster when taking cups is advanced. You have to make sure when taking cups you don't generate enough wild cubes in the other player to win better/multiple cups that make you lose. Ingenius!
2005-03-16*
Owned
Chris Tettamanti
United States
Henderson
Nevada
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10
May 2005*
Totally in love with this game (although my wife HATES it!).
2005-05-01*
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Kathy Wilson
United States
Minnesota
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10
Dec 2006*
Very high stratedy...lots of "but if I did this..."
2006-12-14*
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Dick Hunt
United States
Ovid
Michigan
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10
Jul 2014
I liked Balloon Cup far more than my wife did (it's too cutthroat for her--at least the way I play it!), and I still think it's a pretty neat game. It's just a good combination of depth and short game time.
2009-11-30
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Richard Diosi
Canada
Newcastle
Ontario
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10
Sep 2012
This is one of my favourite 2 player games. w/custom bag
2012-09-24
Owned
Daniel Stahl
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Oct 2007*
Best 2 player card game ever!
2007-10-25*
Owned
Christine Doiron
United States
Juneau
Alaska
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10
Jun 2008*
I LOVE this game! Love it! A perfect "take that!" card game for 2. The theme is fun, the components are good quality with great colors and artwork, and I've never played a game like it. Totally original, at least in my experience.
2008-06-24*
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Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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Aug 2010
2-Player Game - Homemade version.

Made my own copy. Love this game. It's quick, it's tense, it has a lot of screwage factor and can be played many times in a row. Very entertaining.
2009-08-28
Owned
Wojtek Krupnik
Poland
Kraków
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10
Nov 2008*
The best game for a couple I've ever played. Simple and quick, with much interaction.
2008-11-04*
Trent Hopkins
United States
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10
Jul 2010
An underrated game. No flaws.
2010-07-16
Owned
Steve M
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
May 2015
Favourite: Screwage

Cards in five colours with different distributions must be played on each player's side of four locations, winning cubes by either having the highest or lowest sum. Players then trade cubes for awards, leading to a very tense endgame. Basic game play, very tough decisions.

15-30m, 2 players. 20+ plays.
2015-05-31
Owned
Sam Phillips Beckerman
United States
Austin
Texas
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Feb 2013
Out of print - DIY copy with an Artscow deck, cloth bags with hot air balloon print, over-sized wooden cubes housed in a decorated, sturdy cigar box.
2013-03-17
Owned
Phoebe Wild
Australia
South Melbourne
VIC
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10
Oct 2013
One of my favourite games to play with my mum. Love the art/theme and the quality of the game. I like that the rules are fairly simple, and that the strategy lies in managing all four "races", figuring out which to pursue and which to concede, and trying to use the cards you have in the best possible way. A quick and strategic 2 player game that never gets old
2013-10-24
Owned
J K Sasser
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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10
Feb 2015
Sleeved
2015-02-08
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Arthur Cormode
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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10
Oct 2013
My favourite game of all time.
2013-10-27
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Michael Ross
United States
Ohio
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10
Jan 2015
The best light 2 player card game out there! The best couples game! You can get family and non gamer friends to play this game.
2015-01-21
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chinagirl geek
China
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10
May 2015
The best 2-player-only game I know. Deceptively simple at first, but with the possibility of plenty of strategy and lots of 'take that'.

It also looks good and is extremely portable.
2015-05-30
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Shane Laporte
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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9.5
Jan 2004*
The best two-player card game. Fun, colourful, simple yet elegant.
2004-01-01*
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Jim Byars
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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9.5
Aug 2005*
Oh my... My wife has a potty mouth when we play this. Fantastic!
2005-08-22*
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Guido Van Horn
United States
Othello
Washington
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9.5
Jul 2012
Wow, love it, that's all I can say.
2012-07-25
Want To Play
Angela Kincaid
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Apr 2003*
The theme of this game is...well, worse than pasted on. It's made up, nonsensical, and THEN pasted on. Be that as it may, the game itself is nothing short of brilliant. The mechanic is excellent, the play tense. It is possible to get hosed by the luck of the draw, but it evens out over the course of the game.
2003-04-30*
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Matthew Gray
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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Apr 2005*
An outstanding addition to the Kosmos/Rio Grande 2-player line. I think it may be more luck based than it initially seems, but it's fun in any case.
2005-04-21*
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Francis Simon
United States
Malvern
Pennsylvania
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Sep 2003*
A gift from one of our friends, this turned out to be a great game. Me and my wife have split on win-losses.
2003-09-20*
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Dave Jones
United States
Broomfield
Colorado
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Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town Everybody else, tries to put my sloopy down Sloopy I don't care, what your daddy do Cuz you know sloopy, girl, I'm in love with you And so I say now Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang
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9
Oct 2003*
A close 2nd to Lost Cities as my favorite Kosmos 2-player game.
2010-05-09
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A Morris
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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9
Dec 2003*
Lots of strategy here. Do you help yourself, or hurt the other player. Do you go for control of the green cup, or the blue one? Do I give him that hop to get maybe a different color out? Very good stuff.
2003-12-04*
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Roderick Hurley
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Jan 2004*
Great two player game. I enjoy the screw the other player element.
2004-01-05*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Yeah, that's me. Handsome devil, I know.
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9
Mar 2004*
One of the best of Kosmos' 2-player card games. And that really is saying a lot, as the whole line is excellent. Oviously, the potential "lock up" problem doesn't bother me.
2004-03-17*
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Scott Maxwell
South Korea
Goyang City
Gyeonggido
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9
May 2004*
Excellent little game!! I have found every game is close. It is easy to make a late comeback and still win.

Limited to 2 people? Too bad. Maybe a multiplayer variant could solve that.
2004-05-08*
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Greg Silva
United States
San Ramon
California
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9
Jul 2008*
One of the few games my wife used to play with me-she used to do very well, now not so much, or as often....
Honeymoon traveler.
2008-07-05*
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Joanna P
United States
Unspecified
CA
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Jun 2004*
Strategy, timing, card management and screwage component all perfectly balanced here! Lots of fun. More engaging and less abstract than Lost Cities. Great for two people!
2013-11-28
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Jason Robar
United States
Maple Valley
Washington
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Jun 2004*
Simple and easy to learn, fast paced to play, highly replayable
2004-06-18*
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Mark Braley
United States
Modesto
California
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Jul 2004*
Great game for two!
2004-07-11*
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Brody Saari
Canada
Abbotsford
British Columbia
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9
Mar 2005*
I love this game. I love the fact that you are not bound to just playing for yourself. You can screw your opponent over! But watch out he can do the same to you! This is a fun card game and is quick and easy to play, not to mention easy to learn.
2005-03-09*
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Nataline VF
United States
San Diego
California
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Mar 2005*
My favorite game that I cannot ever win. But I keep coming back for more.
2005-03-21*
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Ron Hetrick
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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9
Apr 2005*
My wife and I love this game. I don't know why people have problems with the mechanics and we have never had a "broken game". You must play with the "can't play on the other person's side without finishing your side of the tile first" variant.
2005-04-11*
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Larry Pienciak
United States
Carlstadt
New Jersey
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9
Apr 2005*
Grey cube lock up the first time we played. Still love it though.
2005-04-14*
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William (Andy) Anderson
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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9
May 2005*
Very well done 2 player game. Let's you battle with the other player try to get those cubes first.
2005-05-31*
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Jay Cormier
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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9
Oct 2006*
Maybe the best 2 player game? Very easy in concept - but there are some super tough decisions to make. I like that you can play your cards on your side or your opponent's side! Very cool!
2006-10-29*
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Garrett Herdter
United States
Strasburg
Pennsylvania
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9
Aug 2005*
Great for 2 players!!!
2005-08-10*
Steven Peters
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
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Sep 2005*
Currently my favourite 2-player kosmos game and probably my favourite light two player card game. Simple to play but with lots of decisions to make.
2005-09-14*
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Paul Jordan
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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9
Sep 2005*
Nice balanced 2 player game. Much better playing to your own side of a hop until it's full.
2005-09-19*
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Mark Applegate
United States
Torrance
California
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9
Dec 2005*
Great 2 player game. It has a lot more strategy to than you think at first look.
2005-12-07*
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Ross Andrews
United States
Katy
Texas
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9
Dec 2005*
Way, way better than I thought it was going to be. The best light game I own, by far.
2005-12-31*
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Mike Marshall
United States
Sudlersville
Maryland
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9
Jan 2006*
Short, fun game...
2006-01-12*
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Christopher Budnick
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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Jan 2006*
I feel as though it is necessary to evaluate games on how well they perform within their genre before evaluating them against all genres. With that in mind, this is one of my favorite three card-based games, and for its playing time, it's really, really enjoyable.

It's also one of those games, like Brawl, that when it is played in public people tend to look at and ask questions about.
2006-01-13*
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Ava Jarvis
United States
Bainbridge Island
Washington
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9
Mar 2015
Two-player over yucata.de I love this game now. Looking for a solo variant.
2015-03-03
Owned
Greg Pool
United States
Carmel Valley
California
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9
Jun 2008*
Up there with Kahuna, because of the ability to play on the other person's side. More abstract than thematic, but very cut-throat. And it packs small for pub play!
2008-06-02*
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skippen
United States
Greeley
Colorado
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Cary Grant, 1904 - 1986
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How old Cary Grant? Old Cary Grant fine. How you?
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Apr 2007*
Although this appears only to be a light, fluffy game, there is good gameplay here with a bit of luck (how I like my games). There decisions to be made and not often easy ones. A good 2-player game.
2007-04-27*
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Ryan Johnson
United States
Independence
Missouri
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9
May 2007*
This is one of my favorite 2 player games. the constant back and forth competition over each balloon can make fro some very close games. My one complaint maybe that if someone pulls ahead with lucky draws, its hard to swing the momentum back to your side.
2007-05-08*
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