Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SWAT Those Springtime Bugs and Become Spiderman

Day 28 - SWAT!
Designed by Reiner Knizia

Reiner Knizia does it again! I just happened to notice this little card game in the game store a while back. The sleek colorful tin grabbed my attention along with the words "SWAT!" on the front (see picture). What I didn't know when I bought or played this game is that apparently it's a bit of a remake from Knizia's "It's Mine!" published by Winning Moves. The idea of the game is fantastic and it blends elements from Coloretto, Incan Gold, and Slap Jack (it even appears that there is a Simpsons themed version, very cool). Gryphon Games does an amazing job with this version. I love the tin, the quality of the cards and "slap mat" (The tin seems just a bit too small to nicely house all the cards, but it works) and the artwork is fantastic as well.

Getting on to the actual game. The game consists of cards that are assigned different point values. There are some cards that are positive, some negative, some cards that you need to have 2 of that type of card to get the positive or negative points, and there are Zapper cards along with a card that I call the Most/Least card. The Zapper cards are really interesting and can make a huge difference in points. The Zapper cards give you points equal to a value for the number of them you collect. In other words, getting just one Zapper card gives you zero points, while if you collect 7 of them you get 40 points (which is a lot in the game). The Most/Least cards are also a card that makes the game very interesting (the person with the most gets +7 and the person with the least gets -7; where you have to have at least one of the card to be qualified - in other words, if you don't get any, you won't get negative points). SWAT! is a game for 2 - 7 players and I think it does a great job adjusting the game for fewer players. It's a really fast game and is a great card game for kids and for adults. The Wife came out swatting like a pro today and came out with yet another victory. Don't worry Cornelius, no bugs were really harmed in the playing of this game.

Spider-Man Contraption

A big SHOUT OUT to USU for creating this awesome contraption. If you can't get rid of the bugs, join them and that is How Lou Sees It.

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