Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2002 Games
Ages: 12 & Up
Manufacturer: SET Enterprises, Inc.
Price: $11.95
Imagine playing bridge with cards that don’t belong to a single suit (♠ ♣ ♥ ♦) but have pips of all four suits on each card. Each of the 81 Xactika cards has a unique combination of balls, cubes, cones, and stars that total the numeral on the card. Consider, for example, the single card “7.” It might show 1 ball, 3 cubes, 2 cones, and 1 star (1+3+2+1=7). Another “7” might show 2 balls, 2 cubes, 1 cone, and 2 stars -- that still adds up to seven.

When it’s your turn to lead, you call a shape (2 cones for instance), which everyone must follow by playing a card with exactly 2 cones on it. Highest card wins the trick. Although the rules of play are simple, understanding the strategy and its subtleties will take time to master.

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Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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