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Fall 2004 Games
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Manufacturer: Family Games Inc.
Price: $24.99
Review:
Two opponents, each with a different goal, try to outwit each other by strategically positioning 25 colored discs (five of each color) on a ramp with five tracks. While the "player" is trying to create 5 horizontal rows of the same color disks, the "spoiler" is attempting to block that effort. Each turn consists of two parts: the player selects an unseen disc concealed within a bag, and rolls it down one of the ramp tracks; then the "spoiler" may either reposition any disk on the ramp to a new location (thereby causing other previously placed discs to roll into new color sequences) or pass. When all 25 discs have been played, the individual rows are scored, with points given for the number (3 or more) of same color discs in each row. Players then alternate roles for the next round.

The game is small enough for easy storage or traveling, and (despite the manufacturer's age limit) kept five adult Mensa members engrossed in recommending strategies to the two others who played.

The key to winning is being able to visualize several moves ahead, particularly towards the end of the game when the colors remaining in the bag are known, and the odds of each one being picked can be factored into planning the remaining moves.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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