Celtic ChallengeSpring 2011 Games
Celtic Challenge is a game in which players attempt to remove as many tiles from the game board as possible in a limited number of turns. In a solitaire game, the goal is to clear the board; in two-player mode, one attempts to remove more tiles than the opponent. The game board is a heavy wood lined with felt, and the tiles are plastic squares with the look and feel of carved stone, marked with one of five different Celtic knot designs (whose histories are detailed in the manual). It is a beautiful set with its price justified by its high quality. It would make an excellent gift for bright children or adults.
Play moves quickly, and players found the game compelling enough to play numerous rounds at each sitting. This was a game we chose to return to often; if no parter is available, the solitaire game is at least as entertaining as the two-player game. Adults enjoy play as much as children, and there is enough luck mixed in with the strategy that the chances of winning are good even when there is age disparity. This is one of the favorite new games in our household, and it will certainly continue to see play for a long time.