Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Game review: Swap!

I'm adding a new feature to my blog: game reviews. I'm not a video gamer or role-playing gamer, though, so if you're looking for that, sorry. I'm talking about board games and card games, primarily. Feel free to suggest some of your favorites.

This first review is of Swap! Card Game, by Patch. You can find this game at Wal-Mart for about $4.

Like UNO, the point of Swap! is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. The manufacturer lists it as appropriate for ages 7 and up, but my 5-year-old was able to play without any problems. The only matching to be done is by color; there are no numbers or letters, so no reading is required. There are cards to change colors, and Slap cards where everyone has to slap their hands down quickly, but most importantly, there are cards that require players to swap hands (hence the title). This can change the game rapidly and really levels the playing field, so that children have an equal chance of winning the game. Of course, my children absolutely love it.

A round usually only lasts 5-10 minutes, so it's a quick, inexpensive, and fun family game, especially for families with younger children who know their colors and who can't wait for a chance to beat Mom & Dad. Enjoy!

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