Review: Scrimish

Scrimish: An Addictive Strategy Card Game



One of the types of games we enjoy most around here are the simple rules games, that have depth based on the players.  A child can learn the rules of Scrimish quickly, we can even reprint them here in this blog without taking up a lot of space.

But with simplicity comes depth.  The goal is to capture the King of the other player.  Sounds like chess, but plays a bit more like Stratego with cards. Maybe I'm showing my age there by referencing a really old strategy game... such is life.

Each player starts with a deck of 25 cards, which they must place in five piles. The person who finishes first goes first, which is odd since if you WANT to go second you sit and wait.  Of course if you BOTH want to play second, there's an issue.  I prefer a roll of the dice, but since a die would have to be included, I understand why they went with this.

Decide what cards are in each pile and then the order of the cards is crucial. The crown is the last card in one pile, there are 5 piles of 5 cards.

If you go first, you turn over one card, and touch it to a pile of your opponent. Depending on the number on their card, or the type of card too, you win, lose, draw or both lose.  Eventually you get to the bottom of a pile and find out if the king is there.  If yes, you win, if no, you keep looking.  Of course since you're alternating turns, your opponent is doing the same thing, searching for your king. 

That's it!  OK, well,  there are some rules about Shield and Arch cards, but you get the idea.

As you can see from the picture above, the art isn't exactly stellar.  But what do you expect? This is a strategy game for the beer & pretzel crowd, or tater tots and water for the younger set, so skip the fancy art and go for the strategy.

I think every gaming group needs a game that's easy to remember how to play, and plays fast while everyone is deciding what to play for the evening.  This game fits that bill easily.

You can buy the game through Amazon.  I have a link here for two sets of decks. You can buy one, but having two decks means you could play 3-4 players.  It's worth it.

Let's talk about quality.  With any Kickstarter game, you never know what you're going to get.  Most of these games come from people who have never published before, so "you never know what you're gonna git". In this case, I can say the cards and nice, standard playing card size.  I think the cards are a little thin, since they are not used like a playing card usually is. 

But I am nit picking, they're cards.  But that's the problem.  Since I don't hold them in my hand, they sit in a pile and are constantly turned over, the wear and tear is different than a playing card. I'd prefer to have them be a bit thicker to stand up to all the turning. 

I still say, buy it.  My rating:  B

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