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Cloud 9 will take you straight up through the clouds! The higher the balloon rises, the more points you can score. But watch out, the balloon can fall at anytime. How long are you willing to stay on and risk losing it all?
Reach new heights with Cloud 9!
I played Cloud 9 for the 1st time this week. We played a two games with 3 players and three games with 4 players.
The rules are well written and the play was very smooth. However, there was one annoying thing we noticed. The 1st 3 games were won by the player who was fortunate enough to draw the most wild cards. Typically, wild cards did not get played until the owner of the wild card(s) was alone in the ballon.
We figured the wild card needed to be weakened.
Suggestion 1: Instead of the wild card being sufficient to pilot the ship, we made the wild card equal to any one card (owner's choice). As before, the owner of the wild card was never obligated to play it. We adopted this change and all the players thought it was a good upgrade.
Suggestion 2: Only allow one wild card to be used in any given trip. This might introduce some interesting strategy, especially if there are only two players left in the baloon. We did not try this one.
Suggestion 3: A player cannot use a wild card when flying solo. We did not try this one either.
The rules as written make this game a 4. Fixing the wild card problem makes this game a 5.
Out of the Box has the most amazingly brilliant formula for creating games. At first glance you would almost think their main goal is simply to make their games easy to learn. This IS a major selling feature of all of their games (it's definitely part of the reason that everyone I've played with likes their games). But the amazing part is that they don't sacrifice anything in the quality of the game, when making it easy to learn.
Cloud 9 is another great example of Out of the Box brilliance. It takes me 1 minute to explain the rules of the game, but once everyone understands it takes several plays to develop strategies.
For a detailed description of the rules see other customer reviews. I will merely impart a wee bit of strategy I have developed, in anticipation that you will try this great game. My strategy is simply this, don't look at your own cards. Until you actually have to see if you have the cards to make the balloon rise, don't look. Then you have the greatest poker face of all. No one can read from your expression whether to stay in the balloon or to jump, because you are as clueless as they are. Hey, it may sound silly, but it works for me.
In conclusion I will reiterate that this is a great light game. With easy to follow instructions and very attractive components, pick this one up. It is a blast for the whole family.