Friday, October 16, 2009

Crazy Old Fish War

Publisher: Hasbro / Parker Brothers

Players: 2-6

Age Recommended: 7+

Crazy Old Fish War Rules: ?

Take bits and pieces of four card games (Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Go Fish, and War) and mush them together and you get Crazy Old Fish War.

My kids had a great time playing this game. If you are a die hard, adult gamer, this game is not for you. If you are looking for a game that you can play with your kids and be happy that the family is having together time, this is your game.

The Crazy Eights aspect of the game has matching of colors or numbers and wilds (eights). It seemed a little like a kinder, gentler, family variation of Uno. There are no cards that give penalties to other players. This was especially important in household with little ones that might still be learning sportsmanship and that winning and losing are not the most important part of the game.

The Old Maid aspect of the game involves a wild card (mermaid) that, when used, causes the player that played it to draw extra cards.

The Go Fish aspect of the game occurs when you don't have a card in your hand that matches color or number to the discard pile. You can ask your opponents if they have one. But be careful, you are just helping them get rid of cards and they might unload the mermaid!

The War aspect is a variation that the rules offer for older children in place of the Go Fish phase. I apologize, we didn't play this variation.

I would recommend this game for families with younger kids (no reading of cards necessary, just color and number recognition).

My son's score: Thumb up

My daughter's score: thumb up

My score: 7 points

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