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Take it Easy XXL

later German edition

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Product Awards:  
Deutscher Spiele Preis
9th place, 1994

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 15 minutes 1-8

Designer(s): Peter Burley

Manufacturer(s): FX Schmid Germany

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Product Awards

Deutscher Spiele Preis
9th place, 1994

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Peter Burley

  • Manufacturer(s): FX Schmid Germany

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 1 - 8

  • Time: 15 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 700 grams (estimated)

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 10 reviews

Simple, addictive, frustrating ... Perfect
February 16, 2004

Rules that can be explained in under a minute, and a game that can be played in less than 10. Ideal for teaching probabilities, and how even the best planning in the world can go horribly horribly wrong.

I've never played this game with someone who didn't like it, and rarely with anyone who thought it was less than genius.

To be fair, it's not backgammon, but then hey, neither's yahtzee... that doesn't mean it's not a fun little diversion every now and then.

An ideal Christmas afternoon kinda game, and not a bad prezzie either.

Simple to play the first time
August 11, 1999

A little planning can go along way. However you are at the mercy of the tiles and no matter how much planning you do, you still may end up with a mess.

The first time I played this game was an exercise in taking chances and hoping they came off. The next couple I learnt that even though my tiles seemed to be placed well the next few ruined it all. Frustrating at times but definitely worth playing many times.

A game to be enjoyed by all ages and all levels of strategy play ability. Scores and winners can reverse at every game.

Easy as pie
July 14, 1999

What a pleasant susprise this game turned out to be! For a deeply analytical brain like mine, it has lots of challenges as I try to work out all the probabilities; for someone like my partner who just likes to play games, it's thought-provoking and fun. I kept wanting to play round after round to get a better score than last time.

Laying down the tiles is easy at first, but eventually you find that the next tile you get doesn't go anywhere, so you have to sacrifice one line - the choice of which line to ruin is often painful to make! Once in a while you do get the tile you want, but then probably so did everyone else you're playing with.

The game is easily played alone, and is more fun played in groups as you get to compare scores for different layouts of the same tiles. Take it Easy has something for everyone. It's highly addictive, and I highly recommend it.

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