If you're a fan of the Arabian Nights stories and characters, and have a thing for quick and fun card games, then I've got just the thing for you. Crazier Eights: One Thousand & One Nights and Crazier Eights: Shahrzad are easy to learn and play card games that take your old school Crazy Eights and add some real meat on its bones! Ready to learn more? Let's check it out!
What Is It?
A simple, gateway, fantasy card game with various card abilities, plenty of player interaction, and unpredictable turns as well. The decks take classic stories and incorporate the characters and unique art to represent them in the game.
Who Is It For?
The game recommends ages 13+, but I think it's easy enough for the whole family to enjoy, so even younger kids could play it for sure. If you want to appreciate the theme a bit more, than an older audience would probably be best, but it all depends on what you're looking to get out of it. I'd also recommend it in general to gamers who like fast-paced card games that can be played a few times in a row, and games that have consistent changes (because assets and events can throw you for a loop throughout the game!).
Quality of Components
The rules are printed nicely. They're on a small booklet, but the quality is nice and everything is laid out very clearly.
The art is also really detailed and nice. The colors and print on the cards are all very clear; overall great.
The cards themselves, however, were less than stellar; I was unfortunately not a fan of them. They seemed to be pretty sturdy stock, but there's too much friction between them, probably having to do with whatever kind of finish is on them, and it made the decks difficult to shuffle and deal. I highly recommend sleeves to avoid the hassle!
I'd give this one a 2 out of 5 for difficulty. It's really straightforward to learn and to play, but does have a little bit of strategy in what to play and discard and when to try and combo things to discard more or get a leg up some other way.
Overall, I think this is a pretty cool card game and I'd recommend it to families or light gamers looking for something short and sweet. I'd kind of call this game Crazy Eights mixed with Fluxx, which definitely suits the name it's been given! You want to gain assets in front of you (kinda like Keepers) to modify the rules in some way or to give you some abilities to make it easier to win. It's an interesting twist on an old classic, and definitely a lot of fun!
Designer - James Wallace Gray
Publisher - Recoculous
*I was provided a copy of this game to do this review*