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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Theme:  Ancient Egyptian
Format:  Card Games

Eye of Horus

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Ages Play Time Players
7+ 20-45 minutes 2-8

Manufacturer(s): Playroom Entertainment

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Product Description

Be the player who collects the most cards in this ancient game of matching and mathematics. Fish from the "pool" using cards in your hand - by either matching cards in the pool or adding their values to equal the sum of your fishing card.

Watch out! Your opponent may hold the "Eye of Horus", a magical card that possesses the power to clear the pool of its contents. With beautifully illustrated cards from ancient papyrus, Eye of Horus has crossed the sands of time, bringing players back to the mysterious and majestic days of the pyramids.

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Playroom Entertainment

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 2 - 8

  • Time: 20 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 7 and up

  • Weight: 194 grams


  • 52 Eye of Horus Cards
  • Quick Start Playing Instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 2.5 in 2 reviews

by Dave
Fishing with the Pharoah, ooh yeah!
May 30, 2004

Okay,I don't quite get the pool,fishing thing they describe on the box but i do get the fun factor provided by this simple, enjoyable card game. First of all, the luck factor of games doesn't annoy me. There are just so many fun games that include aspects of luck. But they're still fun!! I think this game has some really nice mechanics that may not allow for strategy, but do allow for thoughtful play with the hand you are dealt. Doesn't that describe almost every card game ever created? The power of the Eye of Horus card, 7 Ankh card and the scoring system make this for me a very satisfying, inexpensive card game. We've never stopped after just one game. Very worthwhile!

Arbitrary time-waster
October 13, 2002

'Eye of Horus' may appeal to parents whose children need to work on their addition skills, but doesn't offer much else to people who want either an enjoyable or challenging card game.

The deck has four suits of cards, each with Ace through ten plus a Pharoah and Queen. The suits mean nothing except for the seven of ankhs, which has a special power. Four additional cards are marked with the Eye of Horus.

The game is for two players or teams. Each player is dealt four cards, and four are placed face-up in the middle to begin the 'pool'. On each turn you play one of your four cards, and may capture either an identical card, or multiple cards that add up to the same value. Pharoahs and Queens can only capture other Pharoahs and Queens. The Eye of Horus cards, and the seven of ankhs, automatically claim everything in the pool. When your first four cards are played, four more are dealt, until the deck is exhausted.

The player or team who won the majority of cards gets 30 points, and there are bonus points for Aces (1), twos (2), and tens (3). Also, winning every card in the pool with one card gets 10 extra points, unless you used the Eye of Horus to do so. First to reach 121 points wins.

The main problem for me was that the players are utterly at the whim of the deal. If your opponent has cards that match yours, you watch helplessly as everything you play gets immediately captured. If one player is given more Eye of Horus cards, they will almost certainly win the 30 point majority bonus. And dealing four cards at a time means the same player is always getting the first move in each round. Counting up the points afterwards also seemed an unnecessarily tedious process.

To make matters worse, this game could also be played with a standard deck of playing cards, if you designate the four Kings as Eyes of Horus. So despite the reasonably nice graphics and the meagre satisfaction that comes with sometimes getting a lucky deal, I couldn't really recommend this game to anyone.

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