Canasta Caliente Deluxe
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Canasta burst onto the scene in 1950 and created the biggest card game craze to ever hit the country. Millions were (and are) captivated by the tantalizing twists of this great game and its romantic South American origin. Now it's better than ever in this deluxe version of Canasta Caliente, featuring 112 beautiful custom cards, score sheets, and a sturdy, rotating card tray.
Game play is authentic. Your partnership aims to score 5,000 points by laying down sets of cards and adding to them. Claiming the Prize pile can make your point total soar. Freezing the Prize pile helps to thwart your opponents. Form a Canasta (7 or more cards of the same type) then go out to claim your bonuses. The special Caliente ("hot") cards add an exciting 21st century variation.
Card games come and go, and if you spend a significant portion of your time at a coffee house at any point in your lifetime you end up picking up more different games and variants than you can shake a stick at.
One game which I can still set aside time for is Canasta, almost a rummy variant that incorporates card counting skills, bluffing, reading your partner, and does it all in a fun, social way.
I've not picked up this Caliente package, but simply looking at the cards I can tell you that if you're new to Canasta it'd definitely be the way to go, one of the hardest things about teaching the game to people is reminding them what the point values of the cards are, something that the cards of this set take care of.
The beautiful thing about Canasta is that there are so many possible variations as well, the game is significantly different depending on how many players are sitting at the table, and you can institute a number of house rules to keep things fresh above and beyond that.
Some variants I've played:
* Red 3's (Bonus 100 point cards) function as black 3's in addition to their bonus value option.
* Samba (Standard with the addition of straights (2-3-4, etc. as melds or Canastas)
* Bolivia (Samba with the addition of melds and Canastas of wild cards, which are naturally worth more points)
One other point to note, most Canasta books I've read seem to suggest a draw one card per turn mechanism, but that is never how anyone I've played with has done it because it means your hand is in a constant downward spiral unless you can get the pile...if you want increased drama and huge swings in the mid to late game play with a draw 2 each turn rule instead.
In short, Canasta is something I've been playing for over 5 years now, and I'm still eager to drag out my deck (now on about my fifth deck, the others have been worn out!) anytime I get a chance.
Canasta is about as good as you can get with card games, and thus I can heartily endorse this with 5 stars, try it out with a group of friends, you won't be disappointed!
In the 1950s when canasta hit the United States, card experts tripped over themselves to write books of stategy on the game. Some even created complex versions of the game which, A. Had to have a Spanish name. B. Had to use more packs of cards than Las Vegas. The basic game remained in my mind the best and I remember playing it often when I was young. Winning Moves' new version of the game helps the game go smoother with the points listed on the card itself. The 1950's retro art adds to the atmosphere. This game has depth, tactics, and a lot of fun. You will quickly see what caused the boom in the 1950's. Yes, you could just shuffle two packs together, but why drink champagne from a paper cup?
Having just discovered Canasta,I can definitely say this is a great game.I totally agree with a previous reviewers' comment about drinking champagne out of a paper cup.The colorful design of the cards adds significantly to this games'
appeal. I must also praise the rules explanation.They are well written, easy to understand and provide a good explanation of concepts involved. I was also pleased to have rules for 3,2 5,and 6 players. This adds significantly to replayability.
I must deduct a point from an otherwise glowing review because of the quality of the product.After playing about 10 games, the cards stick together, causing difficulty in shuffling and dealing. It's not that the cost was outrageous to begin with, but given the otherwise outstanding quality, why not go the extra mile and use a higher quality material for production? Given all other considerations, this is a super game, and my family will enjoy it for many years to come.