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Fall 2004 Games
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Gamewright
Price: $9.99
Quarx, a game about speed and accuracy - visually as well as arithmetically - is played in rounds. The object of the game sounds simple enough: Be the first to accurately count the total number of spheres displayed, and reveal the number cards that correctly calculates the total.

After separating the Quarx cards (ones with 3-D shapes) from the number cards, each player chooses his/her identifying color and its corresponding set of five number cards. Quarx cards are then divided equally among the players.

In each round, players simultaneously turn over the top card from their Quarx pile and place it face up in the middle of the playing area, visible to all. Once the Quarx cards are revealed, players race to count (silently) the total number of colored spheres visible among the cards shown. As quickly as each player can total the number of spheres, each player races to form the sum by adding together the appropriate number cards. Each player announces his accomplishment and places his equation face down on the playing surface.

When all players have placed number cards face down, each player, in order from fastest to slowest to finish, announces his total number. Players then confirm both the correct total of spheres shown, as well as each player's number card combinations - ensuring each has the correct total. And that's when the fun begins.

Review   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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