Review by Jillian Schmett
Hey Everyone! This week I wanted to share my thoughts with you on a game that is currently on Kickstarter, Crazier Eights: One Thousand and One Nights. Designed by James Gray and with illustrations from various artists, this is the latest version/theme in the successful series of Crazier Eights games. It’s a standalone game that can also be mixed with previous versions if you choose.
If you’ve played the classic card game Crazy Eights, you already basically know how to play. The game is played with 52 cards that each have a color and suit assigned. Cards also have artwork by various talented artists that is, for me, reminiscent of Magic: The Gathering cards. The biggest difference between the classic version and this one is that each card has text that will affect the gameplay. Event and Asset cards will allow you to do things such as discard an extra card or force your opponent to draw cards. The first player with zero cards left in their hand wins.
The game plays in 10-30 minutes, depending on the player count and how familiar you are with the card abilities. It is a great entry level card game, especially for people who are familiar with Crazy Eights.
Believe it or not, I have actually never played Crazy Eights, but I have played other similar games and was able to pick up the rules to this one very quickly. It would be a great game to play with kids who are starting to move on from basic, simpler games, into some more complicated things, the caveat being that there is a lot of text to read on the cards so they will need to have good reading skills and the attention span to want to sit and read each one. This is also a great game to take with you on the go. It fits in a deck box and doesn’t take up much table space.
I found the abilities on the cards to be interesting and well balanced. Each game we played ended up being pretty close. Another nice touch is that each artist is credited at the bottom of the cards featuring their illustrations.
If you like games such as Uno, Skip Bo, and obviously Crazy Eights, this game is definitely worth checking out. At around $14 (with other pledge level options available) it is also a reasonable price point.
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