Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: Games: Sumoku by Blue Orange Games

We just received our first shipment of a great new game called sumoku from Blue Orange Games. Think of Scrabble meets Bananagrams meets Sudoku. There are several ways to play the game but the most basic is similar to Bananagrams except you use numbers instead of letters.

To start, each player (up to 8) takes eight tiles from the center and turns them face-up in front of them.  One player rolls the colored die to determine the "key number".  The goal is to build rows and columns that add up to multiples of the key number. Each row or column must intersect with another row or column. Watch out though because you cannot repeat a color in the same row or column!  

After each turn you add up the tiles in your row or column to get your score for that turn.  The game ends when there are no more playable tiles. Each player adds up the values of their remaining stock and deducts the value from their point total. The player with the highest total wins.

This is an excellent game for developing and practicing math skills. It is targeted at ages 9 to Adult and play time is typically between 10 and 30 minutes. You get 96 colorful numbered tiles, 1 die, illustrated rules, and a very convenient, brightly colored travel pouch.

Other variations of sumoku are Solo Sumoku (for solitary play), Speed Sumoku (where the object is to get rid of your tiles as quickly as possible), and Team Sumoku (where cooperation is most important).

As Blue Orange Games says, sumoku is pure adding fun!

From Blue Orange Games
Sumoku is a unique crossword-style game with numbers. It can be played 5 different ways. Whether you are looking for fast action with friends, a challenging pastime, or an addictive game that brings family together, sumoku has it all!  Just add up tiles to multiples of the number shown on the die, connect them all together, and you have a sumoku! Packed with endless challenges, sumoku is pure adding fun!

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