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Warning: Play Could Result In Damaged Tables

Reviewing: Dutch Blitz Na  |  Rating:
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In it's own words, Dutch Blitz is a "vonderful goot game, " that's "such vonderful goot fun"!

This game is for 2-4 players, or up to 4 two-person teams. It contains four decks of cards that contain 40 cards each. Each deck has 10 cards in each colour--blue, yellow, green, and orange--are are labled 1-10. The object of the game is to get rid of a small stack of 10 cards, known as your Blitz Pile. To do this, you make matches in the centre of the table, stacking cards in colour-coordinated groups.

To play, players count out their cards to create their blitz pile, then when everyone is ready, someone says "go" and the chaos begins! There are no "turns" in this game, everyone plays at once, trying to beat the others. Players shuffle through their remaining cards (not in the Blitz Pile), looking for a number 1 of any colour. When they find a 1, it is placed in the center of the table. Whoever finds the 2 of that colour places their 2 on top of the 1, and so on... Whenever someone finds a 1 in their cards, they may place it on the table, so several piles are always going at once. It is up to you to keep an eye on all of them, and quickly place your corresponding numbers on the piles before someone else does! You also need to keep an eye on your Blitz Pile, so that you can get those cards out when you have a chance. Again, the object of the game is to get rid of your Blitz Pile. When a player finds a place for their very last Blitz card, they shout out "BLITZ!" And the play stops. Cards are then counted, points are scored, and it's on to round two.

The game will go pretty slow at first, but as players get used to it, believe me, it gets fast and furious! Often you get your fingers slapped as several people are trying to place the same card down at the same time. And the more excited people get, the harder those cards get slapped down! It can become a very loud game of shuffling, thumping, and exclaiming at the darn person who got there 1/2 a second before you!

I can't find a recommended age on the game package, but if you intend to really play quickly, it's probably best to include people 8+. But, if you intend to purposly go slow, I think you could include children of all ages. After all, this is just matching colours and numbers, so it could be very educational for younger children.

This also makes a great ice-breaker game. I even played this in Thailand with a group of people who barely spoke English (and me, who spoke even less Thai!), because, again, it's just matching. No language skills required! It was great to relax and bond with people through a game, and not have the language barrier get in our way.

You will most likely find this game in Christian bookstores (Because of its Dutch-Mennonite roots). Or, it's also online at Amazon.com.