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original German edition of Battle Line

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20 minutes 2

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Publisher(s): ASS

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Product Description

This card game might be likened to a simultaneous 9-handed version of the children's game war, combined with poker. The result makes for a tense battle, both tactical and strategic.

Players take turns playing the cards they draw to form 3-card poker hands in front of each of the 9 "stones" in the game, trying to be the first to win 5 total or 3 adjacent stones by beating the opponent's corresponding poker hand. Clever bluffing and careful reasoning will carry the player with the greatest mettle to victory!

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2000

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Publisher(s): ASS

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 20 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 129 grams

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #51

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 40 reviews

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by Dis Guy
Great -- but with variant
May 18, 2009

Battle Line / Schotten Totten is a fine game.

However, we play variant that combines both versions, changes one key point:

  1. Seven card hand, as in Battle Line
  2. No blasted tactics cards!
  3. Claim at end of turn (not quite same as beginning, but not a big deal either way without tactics cards, and slightly simpler)
  4. Remove the 10s.
  5. BIG CHANGE: You can play on a taken spot. Yes, you can't ruin opponent's day take early win somewhere. But lets you plan much more how to play out your hand.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Mark Paul
A Classic, Scotten-totten/Battleline
September 28, 2007

I reviewed this game as Schotten-Totten and Battleline years ago. The edition of Scotten totten was the basic game, which was simple, straightforward Battleline added some cards which, at first may be seen as simply window dressing, but once remembered and understood, they become part of the planning and strategy of the game. They actually add a depth and color to the game. It also has an excellent replay value.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Game Fiends
Fantastic 2 player, even for gamers
November 16, 2006

We have played hundreds of games. We're usually more into board games than card games, but this has the strategic thinking and "feel" of a good board game for two. I'd say this is one of the best two-player games for those with a competitive nature and affinity for games beyond the typical Monopoly and Clue. Yet, even those who prefer the classics will love this one once they read through the rules and play it a time or two. It is addictive and has a completely new scenario each time, so very replayable.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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