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BACKSTAB – You Gotta Love the Nastiness in this Card Game

Backstab 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new card game from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

“Backstab” is a card game full of twists and turns that really lives up to its name. The object of the game is to be the first player to accumulate 25¢ in coin tokens. That sounds fairly easy since you begin the game with 5¢ in coin tokens, but let me tell you that winning players will have to pick their moments and backstab their opponents for the extra money needed to win the game.

Let’s start at the beginning…”Backstab” can be played by 2-4 players ages 8 years old and up. It includes 119 game cards, featuring 61 Action cards, 34 Encounter cards, 12 Zone cards and 12 Trump cards. There is also an assortment of coin tokens, 12 backstab tokens and a large black Trap die. To set things up, each player receives 5 Action cards for a starting hand, with the remaining Action cards forming a draw pile. Next, 5 of the Encounter cards are placed face down in the center of the table, 1 of the Zone cards is placed face up next to the row of Encounter cards and the stack of Trump cards are placed face down just below the row of Encounter cards. Lastly, each player receives 1 of the 5¢ coin tokens and 3 of the backstab tokens (black side up). The Trap die, along with the rest of the Encounter and Zone cards, is kept nearby along with the remaining coin tokens.

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Castle Combat – War With Cards

Castle Combat 1ToysBulletin.com reviews an exciting game of combat from KidRealm.

We all remember playing the game of “War” when we were kids. The game, still played frequently today, involves a regular deck of playing cards (two players splitting the deck equally) and turning over one card at a time, with the high card claiming victory and taking both cards. The game can literally go on forever, but there is always a satisfying smile if you are the final victor, having claimed all of the cards. Well, “Castle Combat” has expanded on that basic theme with an easy to play, yet much more clever variation of that basic game.

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Mystery Rummy – Escape From Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz 1 ToysBulletin.com takes a new look at an inventive card game from U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Mike Fitzgerald is the designer for the famous “Mystery Rummy” series of games, most of which were first released over 10 years ago. In fact, the first release in that series, “Jack the Ripper” was initially reviewed on our website back on 24 November 2012 (see our review). Now, U.S. Games Systems, Inc. has brought back “Mystery Rummy-Escape from Alcatraz,” and we are so glad they did.

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Spellcaster – Duel and become the Grand Master Mage

Spellcaster 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new card game from R&R Games, Inc.

“Spellcaster” is an entertaining card game that perfectly mixes strategic decision making with the luck of the draw. The game pits rival Mages (wizards/magicians) against each other as they engage in a dueling battle to determine the Grand Master Mage. The game is especially suited for a head to head contest between two players, but there are specific rules included that alters things ever so slightly to allow for 3 or 4 player contests.

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Wuzzits – A Family Matching Game

Wuzzits 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game from Blue Orange.

“Wuzzits” is a game about five crazy monster families who continually get themselves mixed up. They cannot keep the tops of their bodies together with their bottom halves. Each family has six monsters, including the blue robotic monsters, the pink water monsters, the yellow flying monsters, the green furry monsters and the brown underground monsters. Therefore, there is a total of 30 different monsters included in the game, however there are actually 60 monster cards, because the top and bottom halves of each monster have been sliced in two.

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Spy Guys – A Game of Deception and Memory

spy guys 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game release from Victory Point Games LLC.

“Spy Guys” is a fast playing card game for 3-6 players with a suggested age of 8 years old and up. The game arrives with 64 game cards, including an assortment of spy cards, contact cards, mission objective cards, symbol decoder cards, and regular game cards. Players are each assigned a different spy card, each containing three mission objectives, plus the name of a contact person who can help them complete their mission. The first player to collect all four cards (3 mission objectives plus their contact card), and successfully escape, wins the game.

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Tarot – Read the Cards or Play a Game

Deviant Moon Tarot 1ToysBulletin.com looks at the intriguing world of Tarot with two decks from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The Toys Bulletin staff has wanted to take a closer look at some Tarot card decks for some time. We wondered what they were all about, and oddly had visions of just another alternative to a Ouija Board or a Crystal Ball. To begin our review, we found two different types of Tarot card decks, the first was the “Deviant Moon Tarot,” and the second was “The Lord of the Rings-Tarot Deck & Card Game.”

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A Toys Bulletin Quick Look: Happy Families – A Truly Politically Incorrect Card Game

ToysBulletin.com reviews a British card game from Blighty Brands.

Happy Families 1Here is a quick and easy card game called “Happy Families.” The cards feature some outrageous drawings that are certainly politically incorrect as advertised, but for those of you who are open minded, the cards will make you laugh out loud. The game is intended for 3 or more players, and is probably best played with those 12 years old and over. There are 36 cards (9 families of 4) included in the game box, and the object of the game is to collect more complete families (4 cards) than the other players.

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