Reviewer James Freeman
Join an imaginary photo safari in Africa following B.R., a young adult black rhinoceros, in the daily trek from Waterhole #7 and back again. Encounters with the other Big Five mammals occur as special game cards and tokens dramatically affect the journey's outcome.
Rhino The Game is a trick-taking card and token game for 2 to 6 players. A Rhino deck consists of 55 premium playing cards: a special set of 52 playing cards numbered 0-12 in four color suits, along with two "Big Five" Bonus cards, and one Super Safari card. Each player begins the game with their own set of five special character tokens representing the "Big Five" African mammals - rhinoceros, elephant, lion, leopard, and Cape buffalo. Each token has unique properties to influence game scoring and may only used once during the course of the game.
The object of the game is to bid correctly on the exact number of tricks that a player will take (win) in each subsequent round of play. Points are awarded for a correct bid and are either zero or negative for an incorrect bid. The player with most points after all rounds have been played is declared the winner. The game is played in 13 rounds with the the number of cards dealt per round varying from seven to one and back to seven. Player strategy combining with statistical probability (chance) interacts the effects of dealt cards, Bonus Cards, and the character tokens. Multiple skill levels of play and a partner option with 4 or 6 players is available. Designed for ages 14 and up. However, younger precocious children may also pick up this game rapidly especially when guided by an experienced player.
The component quality of this game is at the highest possible level. And when you factor in that it is made independently it's even more impressive.
The wooden pieces for the animals are thick, and the animals look great on them. Also, the time taken on the insert tray, the pencils are even pre-sharpened! This was meticulously planned out.
I am not a huge fan of the rounds where you only have 1-2 cards in your hand. It's far easier to guess the number of tricks you will win and play the animal tokens. We also played a home variant where you were dealt seven cards, and we played six hands, so you had one card per hand that you did not play. There are other versions of the game in the manual such as where you can take special cards out, but I much prefer them in (One card is super safari which is a super trump and two bonus cards that give you extra points for a correct guess). This is an excellent trick-taking game, and the animal tokens put you in a position to have to make some tough decisions. Also on top of that, every purchase helps protect Rhinos.
One of our commitments of Rhino The Game® is to educate the public on the great need of rhinoceros preservation worldwide. Besides providing black rhinoceros facts in our Rules Booklet and web pages, we pledge a portion of our game sale profits directly to organizations such as the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and the International Rhino Foundation.
Tomorrow on the blog i will have an interview about how the this family came together and made this game. And if you want to check out more about the game or recent news about rhino you can go to their website.
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