Monday, September 13, 2010

Kazink!


Players: 2-4

Ages: 7+

Kazink Rules: http://www.jaxgames.com/kazink2.htm
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Kazink is a game from JAX, the makers of Sequence.

I am going to apologize in advance for two reasons if you have never Sequence:

It’s a fun game. Quick – go play a round or two and come back.

I will be making references to its game play during this review, so you might not follow some parts. Quick – go play a round or two and come back.

My entire learning process for Kazink was framed around my Sequence mindset.

That said; my initial impression was that this was a simpler game than Sequence. There were only card suits involved, no specifics (i.e. “King of Hearts” or for our younger, junior players “Gloria the Gorilla”). Players are trying to get their chips into rows of 3 (the specific number of rows required depends on the number of players) while trying to block other players from trying to make their rows of 3.

Here is where I was wrong: Kazink is 3-D. Not only do you build your own stacks, you can put your chips on other peoples’ stacks to block them.

Like Sequence, there are also some special cards. For Kazink they are Wild and Double Play. The Wild cards are exactly what they sound like and the Double Play cards are super powerful. You get to move an existing stack (of yours) AND play a Wild chip.

If your family is anything like the One Zillion Games family, I recommend playing this game a few times before judging it (by the way – this is always a good idea). Once you get past game 1 of trying to learn the rules, the strategy aspects start to show up.

OZG Kids’ score: 8 points – My 5 year old wasn’t around to play this one so we invited our 12 year old family friend to play.

OZG Adults’ score: 8 points


One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Kazink. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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