Friday, August 26, 2011

Linja - a flowing game of strategy

Publisher: FoxMind Games

Game Design: Steffen Mühlhäuser

Players: 2

Age Recommended: 7+

Linja Rules: http://www.foxmind.com/media/55018/linja.pdf
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Linja is one of those games with simple rules requiring strategic game play. Think "backgammon" meets "mancala" meets "all natural, environmentally friendly game components."


I'll start with the all natural, environmentally friendly game components.  I love the wooden game pieces and bamboo sticks.  There is a certain feng shui feel to it.

And then there are the simple rules:
  • set it up as above
  • move a single piece of your color
  • if that piece lands in an area with any other pieces, then you get to move another piece the same number as there were number of pieces in that area (yours and opponents combined).
  • race to the other side
  • be faster that your opponent

And that is where the strategy comes in. Linja is a game that REQUIRES you to think at least a move ahead. Just like chess, you need to consider, not only your pieces, but your opponents as well.  

The game plays quickly (about 15 for a round) and has had good replay value at the One Zillion Games house.


OZG Kids' score: 7 - This is lightly low due to my 6 year old son's scoring of the game.  He has ACTUALLY beat me at chess, but claims that Linja is too complicated. My 9 year old daughter digs it.

OZG Grown-up score: 8 points

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


Congrats to Paula K of Columbia SC

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