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Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Funnybone Toys
Price: $14.99

Array is simple card game using a deck of 70 cards, each divided into two to four color segments. Each player begins with seven cards and, in his or her turn, starts "splicing" them together by matching color segments from one card in play to another in his or her hand. The point is to play all of your cards first during each round by placing them into strings of connecting color cards. Players receive points for each card left in their hands at the end of each round, and the last player to reach 100 points wins.

There are slightly more complicated moves, such as "slicing" where you start a new array, or when you "splatter" an opponent with a designated spatter card requiring that opponent to pick up additional cards from the deck.

The game is easy and short, and it has some charm for players with an artistic eye for color.

Don Oldenburg   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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