2006 edition, includes Bridgette Showdown
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This is the first edition of Bridgette with all-plastic playing cards. It also comes with Bridgette Showdown.
I was shocked as I went to order a new game of Bridgette for a Xmas gift that a review gave it only two stars and dismissed it as an introduction to contract bridge. This game is in the Games Magazine Hall of Fame for a good reason. It is a classic two handed games which is great to play whether you ever play Contract bridge of not. I am glad that we can finally get this game in plastic cards; my past editions are worn due to constant play. My last review of this game was in 1999, I have played this game for years and have never been tired of it.
This game has received it's share of praise, Games Hall of Fame and alike. It doesn't need any words from this humble gamer. All I can say is that it has provided me with some of the best hours of gaming and has never failed to be a fun and challenging diversion. Bridge players MUST play this game. Anyone who likes commercial card games who have not at least given this a try have kept themselves from the best of breed.
Bridgette has been around for a long, long time, and has received accolades from many of the top bridge players and writers in the world. It takes the basic mechanics of four-handed bridge, and modifies them in a way that makes for a surprisingly good two-handed game. The main differences from the original include special bids that let players know some of their opponent's holdings, special colon cards that are used strategically to force a change in suits, and the exchange, where players can improve their initial hands. While intended for serious bridge players, the instructions include enough of a primer on basic bridge strategy for beginners to enjoy the game as well.
While the game's designer tinkered with the rules for over 25 years, Bridgette has settled down to become a true classic. Highly recommended.
This game has been the pike from Gamut of Games, to Xanadu, to Mayfair Games. While being placed in the Games Magazine Hall of Fame it remains almost unknown to the public at large. A pity. You don't have to be a bridge expert to enjoy this game--it is a classic in its own right. Hopefully a new company will pick this up (Is Winning Moves doing long lazy circles?) and produce it. Gamers who have never tried it are in for a big treat.
A clever (if somewhat convoluted) introduction to Bridge for 2 players that simply isn't worth the price. Players new to bridge style games of trick taking will do much better with 2-player games like German Whist, or with the wide variety of computer games covering the Bridge family.
When this game was invented back in the 70s, it served a purpose, as a decent (though idiosyncratic) attempt at providing an introduction to players who could only find a single opponent or who didn't want to jump right in to full-fledged Contract Bridge, but with the wealth of readily available information and computer opponents available today, it is obsolete (and far too expensive).