Players: Two or more
Playing Time: A
As Iíve mentioned before, Iíve always been a huge fan
of UNO. Itís an
easy game to play, and it doesnít take a lot of concentration. And since itís so
portable, I often toss a deck of UNO cards in my bagóso I can pull them out and play a
hand if Iíve got a few minutes to spare.
Now the makers of Cranium have created their
alternative to UNO. Cranium Zigity is just as quick, just as easy, and just as portable
as my old standby.
To begin, players are dealt seven cardsóand they race
to be the first to get rid of them all. To do so, they take turns matching pictures,
adding, spelling, and completing puzzlesóor, if they canít complete a task, they can
throw in a Free card or another card (like Draw cards that force other players to draw
cards or Bounce cards that reverse play) to avoid drawing more
Zigity is currently available exclusively at Starbucksówhich makes
perfect sense to me. Itís a great game to play over a Frappuccino. Itís not
time-consuming. Itís not complicated. Itís not even super-competitive. Itís just a
fun, casual game to play while hanging out with your friends or familyóand itís sure to
bring out a few giggles at the same time. Play it around the table with the family, or
toss it in your bag and take it with you wherever you go.
One word of
warning: Cranium Zigity comes with really cool clear cardsóbut the cards tend to slide
around a lot. If youíre playing on the go (in a plane, for instance), I recommend
keeping the cards in the tin and placing the discard pile in the top of the tinóto keep
you from losing your cards.