Review – The Game: Spiel… so lange du kannst!

A cooperative hand management game.

Title: The Game: Spiel… so lange du kannst!

Year Published: 2015

Designer: Steffen Benndorf

Publisher: Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag

Players: 1-5

Game Time: ~20 Mins

Set-up Time: >1 Mins

Ages: 8+

Theme: N/A

Mechanic: Hand Management, Cooperative

How to win: Play as many cards as you can.

Game Description

Players in The Game try to discard all 98 cards in the deck onto four discard piles in order to win, but they need to do so in the right way.

Set Up

Place the 4 starter cards on the table.

The Game Starting Cards

Arrange these how you like but leave room next to each.

Deal cards to each player, 1 player – 8 Cards, 2 players – 7 Cards and 3-5 players – 6 Cards.

The Game Hand of Cards

Players decide who goes first.

Game Play

On your turn, play at least 2 cards from your hand then draw back up to the hand limit.

The Game playing 2 cards

You must play higher on the 1+ piles, but can play exactly 10 lower than the current card.

The Game Player lower on an up pile

48 is exactly 10 lower than 58 so can be played on this pile.

Must play lower on the 100- piles, but can play exactly 10 higher than the current card.

The Game Player higher on a down pile

59 is exactly 10 higher so this is fine.

You cannot say what you have, or don’t have in your hand or mention card numbers at all. You can advise your colleagues which piles you would like them to play on or not, but you can’t say why.

When there are no more cards to draw, players only need to play 1 card.

Game End

When a player cannot play another card the game ends. Any remaining cards in all hands and deck are totalled for your score. Now try and beat it!

Round Up

A good game, but like games like Hanabi it has to be played in the right spirit.

If someone points at a 91 and says “I REALLY don’t want anyone to play on that pile!”, they’re basically saying “Hey everyone, I’m holding 81”. While not against the rules of the game it’s definitely against the spirit of them.

I’d prefer to play it while talking about Football or Cats or something, anything… Just not the game.

Rating

Very good game with the right group.

I give it 6/10

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