A fan of new Knizia games
Guess who? Yes, it's the same five players! All new at this game, but Doug claimed it was simple, and it was!
Doug writes: it is a simple Reiner Knizia game for 3-5 players. A deck of 50 cards, numbered 1-50, is shuffled and nine cards dealt to each player. Each turn, a single card from a separate deck of 11 cards is turned up, which will reveal a value from 1 to 9, or one of two zeros. The trick is played to, with the highest and lowest cards played taking the 1-9 red or blue tokens respectively. If a zero is revealed, either red or blue tokens will not be taken on this trick. The object? To balance your red/blue tokens taken over the nine tricks. Pairs of red/blue can be handed in and the lowest score after a number of hands wins. If you score zero on a hand, you may remove your highest score from a previous hand....back to Alan...
A nice filler game, with a bit of hand management and card counting required. If you where willing to take a lot of sticks early on and keep an appropriate very high or low card to win the counterbalancing sticks later in the round, you could usually do okay. Of course the `wild' 0 cards could wreck this strategy. Staying 'on the middle' was risky, as the very last card couild be costly.
The scores reflect that just one bad hand can put you out of contention without hope of catching up. As that can happen on the luck of a card turn, its a bit of a problem.
Still, okay as a 30 minute filler game.