Friday, 11 December 2015

Disney Pixar Rummy Review from Asmodee and Esdevium games

Rummy, the classic card game that has been around in one form or another from possibly as early as the 18th century.  Its a game I used to play with my Grandparent growing up, but for some reason have not played for 25 years or so.
Having my own daughter Olivia, has made me look back to those fun days of playing games, and as you can see she has played and mastered many on here as well, so she is the perfect opponent to delve into this game with.
First thing you notice is the box, nice bright artwork, with your favourite Pixar characters on, well mine anyway with Sully.  This got me wondering.... I recall playing Rummy with a deck of cards, and this is a hefty sized box for a deck of cards.....
The back of the box gives you almost an overview of how to play, and advise from ages 4 and up.  Olivia at age 6 got this no problem and that is playing the family version which is the advised older one.
Inside the box....

you get a double sided rules sheet on how to play the two different versions of the game included.  You also get four blue plastic tile holders, as the game can play 2-4 players.

Then you get the Tiles.  These are nice hefty plastic tiles, thick so they will not bend or break, which is a good thing in a game with an age advisory of 4 plus, as normal cards will get shredded!  These though, solid and no worries about them getting them damaged.

You get four colours, with 13 Tiles in each, all numbered and featuring an image on a Disney Pixar character.  Each number has the same character on, so there Is a red, green, blue and yellow Woody from Toy Story all featuring the number 7.  The numbers are the main feature in Rummy.  The aim of the game is to build Runs, which are sequential numbers of the same colour, or family's, which are four of a kind of number that can be different colours.  Having the characters on it can make it a bit easier for younger players a they can visually sort by pictures,  4 Mike from Monsters Inc or 4 Remy the Rats (my favourite)

You get two different variants of the rules in the box, the junior version, and the family version.

The Junior version plays almost like a matching game.  You mix up all the tiles face down on the table, then take it in turns turning 2 at a time over, if you get a pair that match you take them.  This is a simple game perfect for younger players to get used to the tiles, and what to look for.

The Family version, is classic Rummy.  Players must place tiles on the table either as groups of the same value or runs of consecutive tiles of the same suit (colour).  If you are unable to place a tile, you must draw one facedown tile from the supply. The first player to empty his tile rack wins.  With the Tiles it feels more like Ruimmikub then Rummy, but the rules are the same.

There can be a certain amount of tactical manoeuvring in the game, looking to see if you can complete a run, or if you would profit more by adding to a family (group of the same number) to block out your opponent, so there is an element of guessing, wondering what tiles your opponent has, opposed to what you have, or may be in the draw deck or on the table.

Olivia loved this game, she gives it top marks, and I had a lot of fun with it too playing with her.  Its a great way to teach the rules, and another good way to get the family involved in gaming.

Everything packs away nicely in the box when you are done ready for next time.

You can pick a copy up with an  RRP of  £17.99 from Amazon

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