Spite & Malice
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Being catty pays off -- a little meanness, some minor annoyances... all in the name of fun.
8 cards piled high. Who can get through them first? Will your opponent go Wild or be Spiteful? It could go either way. You never know.
Complete a center stack of cards from 1 to 13 and cause suffering to an opponent. Deplete your entire card stack and you win. But beware of those sly moves along the way!
I use to play this game with my family and loved it. I would LOVE to have it once again.
I bought this game at Eckerd's drug store over the weekend for a friend for christmas. I read the back and thought it would be a lot of fun so I picked up one for myself for my dorm room for those much needed study breaks!!! I was so glad I did! Not only are the pictures funny, entertaining,creepy and scary, it's so much fun!!!! It is a cross between skip-bo and uno, and the game does move fast. And it is extremely addicting...so only play it when you have nothing else to do, because you'll just keep playing hand after hand. The age rating is definitely appropriate that hasbro has put on it, because of the images, but the images are what also make the game interesting. It is a bizarre and twisted game, but tons of fun. I am definitely getting more to give to other people as christmas presents.
The rules are great except for one ommision. The build piles need to be better defined. There are many 1 & 2 cards that are required to be played IMMEDIATLY but, in the regular spite and malice card game, there are only 4 build piles allowed at one time. The Hasbro rules do not specify that. It shows 4 build piles but doesn't specify 4. If there are more than 4, it makes the posibility of many more moves at one time by one player and this changes the game adversely. The wild cards being spite cards as well is clever and makes the game very intense especially the more that play!
Picked this up at the local game chain store and didn't know what to expect. It was made by (gasp) Hasbro, and that alone should have shown it the door. But the artwork grabbed me. Evil cats holding various torture devices, kind of bizarre for Hasbro standards. So I took the plunge. Glad I did. It is a pretty fun game, and really works well with two. I seen some folks compare it to Skip-Bo (which I have never played) with a few added action cards. Game moves quickly, and is along the lines of solitaire, but still very satisfying amount of spite and malice when you add cards to your opponents draw pile, which they are trying to rid themselves of. We'll be playing it again.
Regarding the omission of how many build piles are allowed, I would say unlimited since the rules state you have to play 1's immediately, and there are no rules stating a limit of four build piles. My only negative comment is that 8 cards are too few for a draw pile and makes for a very short game. I suggest 15 or 30. And the rules about how and when you can play certain cards (being forced to play a 1, not being able to leave a wild card without topping it on the build pile, etc.) takes out much of the strategy that is possible in a game like Skip-Bo which allows you to play or not play any card you like.
So I would recommend Skip-Bo for adults who like a real cut-throat game, but Spite & Malice might be perfect for anyone who doesn't like too much freedom in how to play, or for kids who want something easy to play.