Monday, October 11, 2010


Publisher: Minion Games

Players: 2-5

Ages: 8+

Nile Rules:

Nile is a quick paced card game that the whole family can play.  There is no reading of the cards required (once the special cards are explained - flood, speculation, and plague of locusts) and you are never really going to get a huge mitt-ful of cards that would be hard to handle.

Game-play is quick and has a slight "Bohnanza" feel to planting and harvesting.

The One Zillion Games family is divided on this game and, interestingly, that division fell on gender lines.  My son and I enjoyed Nile, while my significant other and daughter did not.

I am a firm believer that (much like my opinion of the game Taj Mahal - which I spent the fist three plays calling it Taj Ma-Hell) the more we play, the more they will come around. 

The biggest complaint on the female-front was the way the winner was decided. Once you go through the deck the same number of times that there are players, you separate out your harvested crops from "most" to "least". The winner is the person with the most in their "least" pile. I think it is a matter of having a mindset that more is better. It seems natural to assume that if I totally monopolized on papyrus and flax, I should be rewarded for that - who needs castor?

The good news is that I am pretty sure I can get my family to play a few more times - make them see things my way.

OZG Kids' Score: 7 points

OZG Grown-ups' Score: 8 points

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

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