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Play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board... when you have five in a row, it's a Sequence. Learn to block your opponents -- remove their chips. Watch out for the jacks -- they're wild. With a little strategy and a little luck -- you're a winner!
Players: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 12
Time: 15 - 30 minutes
Ages: 7 and up
Weight: 1,334 grams
- 32" x 27" Deluxe Playing Mat
- 104 Sequence Playing Cards
- 150 Reversible Playing Chips
- Game Instructions
Average Rating: 3.8 in 5 reviews
Finally a game that you don't have to spend all of the time reconcidering what you learned in high school. We have a group that meets and just uses sequence to get the smiles and conversations rolling. Even when you make a mistake it may help you out. What a blast for a group.
This game is easy to learn and is a good mix of strategy and luck. Can be played with 2, 3, or any multiple of those numbers up to 10 (I think).
For an added twist, my wife and I played what we call 'Speed Sequence'. It is the basic game of Sequence, but as soon as a player plays a card, the next player must play his/her card in the next 2-3 seconds. It speeds up how you think and many times will force you to play a card that has no strategic significance, but keeps the game moving and interesting.
Sequence is an abstract strategy game where players try to place five of their marker chips in a row on the game board. It is played by two or three teams of 1-4 people per team (each team needs the same number of players). The game board is a 10 x 10 matrix depicting all of the various cards (two of hearts, king of spades, etc.). Marker placement is determined through card play. Each player is dealt a hand of cards (number of cards varies by the number of players) and performs the following each turn: discards a card, places their color marker chip on top of that card's image on the game board, and draws a new card. Strategy enters into this in two ways:
- there are two images on the game board for each card (and two of each card in the deck), and
- jacks are not on the game board but perform special functions: one-eyed jacks allow you to remove any marker from the board, two-eyed jacks are wild (player can put a marker on any spot)
Sequence is another one of those games that is great for families because kids and adults compete on basically equal footing and it encourages spatial and tactical thinking. It is also a great game to play with non-gaming adults because the rules are simple, it uses standard cards that everyone is familiar with, and plays quick. So while Sequence may not be a winner at your gathering of Third Reich buddies, it is good fun at more casual gatherings.
My reason for giving Sequence four stars instead of five is because it is 90% luck, and 10% strategy. Players who draw wild cards or just happen to get five cards in a row early in the game will always win. Also, the board layout has some quirks that give you an advantage once you know them. The main one is that diagonal sequences in some areas of the board require two of the same card, which makes them harder to complete than others so you shouldn't bother trying for them early on. That said, it is still a fun game, especially at gatherings because you play in teams and can not communicate, so you have to deduce your partners' strategy only from watching what cards they play.
A final note: Sequence is still in print as of this writing. I wanted to mention that because Funagain is currently out of stock on the game with no order date and usually that means the game is out of print. Not so in this case.
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