Chris Game Gumshoes
Rowboat is an interesting variation on trick taking games. We feel the cards have beautiful artwork and that they are on high quality card stock. The packaging is sturdy which is always a plus since we like to play them anywhere we can. If you get one of the first print runs of the cards you will see that the “9” cards have an error. I was told they are “mirror” cards since it is a game having to do with water and it reflects.
Onto the cards. You have your basic “Ace” card but in this case it is called The Anchor through to the 9 card. Then you have the “face cards” for lack of a better term. They are the Mermaid, the Seeker, and the Whale. Their values are in alphabetical order so if player 1 has a Whale and player 2 has the Mermaid then player 1 would win the trick. There are also 3 special cards. The Moon, which lets the dealer decide how many possible tricks up to a possible 12 that will be in the hand. The Lighthouse allows you to look at your opponents hand for the duration of the included timer. Finally, The Rowboat itself, This card lets you automatically take the trick.
When we first played the game we didn’t use the extra cards because we were trying to understand the trick taking aspects of the game and the scoring. We even questioned why they were there, but then we played the game where each of us had to use all three special cards. We understood after this why they were there.
Hopefully you’ll give this game a try as well. Now for the technical specs.
With 1 deck
Ages 13 & up
You can purchase it from Moosetache Games website for $14.95 incl. shipping.