Players: 2-6 Ages 8 and up
Review by Ed, aka Treasure Boy, aka Mako, aka Weird
This game plays great the first few times, but after that, it goes down hill.
Shuffle the cards, deal three cards to each player and place the basic rules card in the center of the table. Each player does two things at this point, Draw 1 card and Play 1 card. You start with no limit on the number of cards in your hand or the number of Keeper Cards (item cards that you play in front of you) in front of you.
From this point the rules can be changed, by playing NEW RULE cards. NEW RULE cards can change just about anything in the game. Example: if you have X Keeper, you can draw an extra card. Or, Draw three cards per turn. Or, all keepers are played face down.
When the game starts, you have no way to win, this is another card that needs to be played, it's called a GOAL card. Example: Death By Chocolate, the first player who has both the Chocolate and Death on the table wins. If you get the two keeper cards out first, you win.
The Third type of card to play is called an ACTION card, this type of card lets you do extra things on your turn, like draw extra cards.
I love a game with changing rules, this rocks. I think it would be more playable if you had more goals to meet. The big problem with the game is, it's too easy to have the right combo of cards to win the game. If you don't have them and someone else does, you get plenty of ACTION cards to take or swap other keepers.
I give this game stars, only because I do like the game play, it would have gotten zero because I think it is a broken game, but game play counts for something. Another great point is that the rules are very short to start with, and any extra rules are added by cards. We love Cosmic Encounter, so this type of game play is well liked.