I would like to start the new year with an oldie that has only recently been brought to my attention.
Kaleidos is a game that is on the market since 1994 (!), but never got on my radar. I received a review copy during Spiel ’16 but even then it took me a while to get this game to the table.
Inside the box you’ll find 4 sets of 10 beautiful illustrated paintings, a deck of cards and a sandtimer. The paintings are very crowded with a lot of big and smaller items drawn on them. At the start of each round one player turns over the sandtimer and the top card of the deck of cards. This card will show a letter and now each player (or team) has 1 minute to write down as many words as (s)he can find on the painting that start with the letter on the card.
After the sandtimer runs out of time, all players evaluate the answers and score points for each correct answer. They score 1 point if another player also has that word written on his/her sheet and 3 points if no one else has found that word.
The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Last Christmas I was looking for an easy game to play with my kids and family and gave this game a try. The game didn’t look very appealing, but after reading the rules for 5 minutes I knew that his game wouldn’t be too hard to explain and even the youngest children in the family would be able to play this one together with us. It’s always a gamble to introduce a new game with the whole family, but we ended up with the whole family divided in four groups having a great time.
The amount of detail on the paintings is incredible and it was fun to discover new items during the scoring phase. The game was an instant hit with the whole family and I’m sure that we’ll be playing this game for many years to come.
(+) beautiful artwork
(+) Quick & easy
(+) Fun for young and old
(-) Some letters are insanely difficult to find words with (like “X” and “Y”), but you can always leave them out of the deck.