Reviewer James Freeman
Designer James Wallace Gray
Crazier Eights is fantasy card game with excellent artwork, fun characters, and interesting card effects. One deck is enough for 2 -4 players to play the game.
Crazier Eights is somewhat inspired by Crazy Eights. (Crazy Eights is the game UNO is based on). Like Crazy Eights, the main idea is to get rid of all the cards in your hand by taking turns discarding a card of the same suit or rank as the top card of the discard pile. However, in Crazier Eights, players take turns drawing one card, discarding up to one card, and playing up to one card for an effect. Crazier Eights offers a unique deck with two types of cards that do interesting things for the game — assets and events. Events do whatever is stated on them right away and assets do whatever is stated on them as long as they are in play on the table.
The deck has the same ranks as a regular card deck, but they have unique colors and suits — red/orange (suns), purple (eyes), blue (moons), and green (ankhs).
To play Crazier Eights players start with seven cards in hand. During your turn, you draw a card, play up to one card for an effect, and discard one card. The first player with zero cards in hand wins.
The artwork is AMAZING! every cards art is very specific to the character, asset or the event that is being described. Multiple illustrators collaborated on the art and they all weaves themselves together. The colors that identify the various the symbol in the upper left corner are very clear and do not blend together in your hand at all.
Now i understand that you might be a fan of the name. It brings up memories of a game you played (or forced to play) as a child. Do not let this be the reason you don't give this game a try. This game seriously took me by surprise. At first it seemed like it was just going to be a straight forward race to get down to zero cards just like it's namesake. But as the game developed there were more paths to victory and you needed to watch very carefully what cards your opponent had played because you strategies change as the game evolves. This is a very solid 2-3 player card game that has been different every time i played it. Sometimes the game ended quick and other times we have run through almost the whole deck. If you like variable power card games I recommend this one for sure. The game can be purchased here.
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