Review by Jillian Schmett
Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a game that is on Kickstarter now, Crazier Eights: One Thousand and One Nights.
Crazier Eights: One Thousand and One Nights is the most recent version/theme of the already successful Crazier Eights (which has a few other themes available). This installment incorporates characters and places from Scheherazade's Arabian Nights.
If you know how to play the classic card game Crazier Eights, you already have a good start to learning this game. The game is played with 52 cards, which each have suits and number values. They also each have artwork by talented artists which, for me, is reminiscent of Magic: The Gathering cards. The main difference between the classic game and this is that each card has text and will affect the game play. On their turn, players will be playing event or asset cards that will do things such as allow you to discard an extra card or force your opponent to draw extra cards. The object of the game is to be the first player with zero cards in your hand.
The game plays in about 10-30 minutes, depending on player count and how familiar you are with the cards. The quick play time and the fact that most people are already familiar with the rules to Crazy Eights makes it a great entry-level card game. It's also perfect for travel since all of the cards fit in a deck box and it doesn't use up much table space.
This game would also be perfect for kids who are starting to move from basic, simple games, into things with a little more depth. The one caveat to that being that there is a lot of text on the cards, so they will need to already have reading skills and the attention span to want to sit and read each of the cards.
Believe it or not, I have actually never played Crazy Eights in my life, although I have played other similar games so these rules were really easy for me to pick up. I found the card abilities to be nicely balanced and our games usually ended up being pretty close.
I like the artwork a lot and find it interesting. It's also nice that each card has the artist credited at the bottom.
If you like games like Uno, Skip Bo, and obviously Crazy Eights, this game is definitely worth checking out.