by Marcia MacQuarrie, The Noise on Toys
Even after years of playing FIVE CROWNS (8+, SET Enterprises), it’s still a treat to study the magnificent detailing on these beautifully illustrated cards. The game itself is a fun, rummy-like variant with pick ups and discards to collect sets and runs. What’s different is that each new deal adds an additional card to your hand. The game uses two duplicate, five-suited decks with plenty of wild cards, so there are ample set-making (melding) opportunities. As well, the 116-card combined deck easily accommodates up to seven players, even when dealing thirteen cards for the final hand. We love that it’s such a social game – perfect when you want to play some cards and still chat. More recently, testing families have also enjoyed playing the new FIVE CROWNS Junior. Targeted to early school-aged children, this beginner version has been nicely simplified without losing the basic elements of the original game.
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