Monday, March 9, 2020

Stock up on these games so you'll have something for everyone to play at your next big gathering.

I received these games from Amigo Games for review.  In my house, we love playing games together.  So we are always on the look out for new games that we think we will enjoy as a family.  Especially around holidays or when we just have a family gathering.  We love games that our family and friends can all play together and enjoy, regardless of the age differences.  Amigo Games has a wide variety of games that fit this bill.  If your family is like mine, you're going to want to have several of these games to divide among your family and friends during your Easter gathering, so that everyone will have something to play.  All Amigo Games are available at most major retailers and on Amazon.  You can use the STORE FINDER on the Amigo Games website to find a store near you that carries them.

Double Down Card Game has a suggested retail price of $9.99.  It is recommended for ages 8 and over.  It's a 2-8 player game and the average game time is 20 minutes.  The rules are very easy to learn, and this game is perfect for those who excel at strategy.

This is a simple, yet satisfying card game that makes a little math go a long way.  Players take turns adding cards to the stack, increasing the total as they play.  Every time they double down (make a total of 11, 22, 33, etc.) or go over 99, they lose a chip.  Action cards double the fun by switching the direction of play, or forcing other players to play an extra card.  As the total rises, so does the tension.  The last player holding a chip wins the game.

Double Down is made up of 55 Cards, 24 Chips and the Instructions.  This a great game will reinforce basic math skills for kids, and it's a great game choice for adults as well!

No Thanks Card Game has a suggested retail price of $12.99.  It is recommended for ages 8 and over.  You need 3-7 players and the average game time is 20 minutes.  It is one of Board Game Geeks Top 100 Family Games.  The fast play of this game features bidding and bluffing, and it's great for travel, as well as playing at home.

Should you Take It or Let It Go?  It sounds so simple, doesn't it?  Well, it is.  You just need to choose whether to take a card, or pay one chip.  But you also need to weigh the pros and cons of each choice and hope you make the right decision.  If you take the card, you get its points.  But points are bad.  But you also get the chips that others have played.  And that's good.  Each chip nullifies one point.  If you say, "NO THANKS!" and play your chips, you need to watch out...because when you're all out of chips, that card is all yours.  Along with the points that come with it.  The game ends when the stack is gone and there are no cards left to pick up.  Each player will then add up the points on all of the cards that they took (you only count the lowest card in each series).  Then you subtract the number of chips you have to get your final amount of points.  The person with the lowest points wins.  

There are 33 Cards in this game with point values that vary from 3 to 35.  There are 55 Chips and of course the Instructions.  This is a simple, but addictive game and it's always a big hit with everyone. 

What The Heck? has a suggested retail price of $7.99.  It is recommended for ages 8 and over.  It's a 2-5 player game and the average game time is 15 minutes.  It's a cunning card game of highs and lows, yet it is diabolically simple.  It has plenty of strategy and lots of bluffing.  There's no waiting or taking turns...all players play their cards simultaneously.  This game is a German Classic from the famous inventor Alex Randolph.  And there are only five rules. 

To win this game, you'll need to read your opponents minds.  When you figure out which card they are about to play, you will have your chance to win.  On each turn, all players flip over a card and compete to take it (if it's a positive number) or avoid it (if it's a negative number).  The catch is that everyone starts with the same cards.  You will need to psyche out your opponents and play your cards carefully.  If you guess wrong and tie with another player, you both miss out.  It's a game that is filled with highs and lows.  

This game comes with 75 Player Cards, 15 Point Cards and Illustrated Instructions.  This game is tons of fun and can be very addictive.

Take 5/Take A Number Bonus Pack is actually two complete games for the price of one!  It has a suggested retail price of $14.99 and is recommended for ages 8 and over.  It's a 2-10 player game, so this one is great for large groups.  The average game time is 20 minutes.  This is a time tested game that has been highly rated for over 20 years.  And Take A Number adds a whole new dimension of game play. 

Take 5 is the original version of this game, and Take A Number adds some extra strategy and extra chances to win or lose into the mix.  Both games are easy to learn and fun to play.  They are packed with action, surprises and turnarounds, so there's never a dull moment!

You may have to take five cards, but you only need to know two rules to earn the lowest score.  Secretly pick a card from your hand, then play it on one of four rows.  Here are the two rules:  Your card must be higher than the last card in a row...and it has to be played next to the last card that's closest in number.  If you play the sixth card in a row, you take that row...and all of the points in it.  That's when the game earns its name:  you'll take five cards, and you'll wince as you take cards worth five points.

Take A Number is a stand alone game with advanced rules that builds on the basic edition to create an extreme "Take" experience. 

Inside the box you will find everything you need to play both games.  

Take 5:  104 Take 5 Cards and Instuctions. 

Take A Number:  100 Take A Number Cards, 7 Row Cards and Instructions.

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