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Take it Easy

Take it Easy

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45 minutes 1-4

Designer(s): Peter Burley

Manufacturer(s): FX Schmid Germany

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Product Description

Just complete continuous rows of colors from one edge to the other? That sounds easy! Just put this piece here and this one there; and then maybe put another one here... but... oh dear, that won't work either! Hmm, now what? Is this supposed to be easy? Towards the end, it gets more and more difficult to even lay one piece in a logical manner, especially when your opponents are laughing behind your back!

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): Peter Burley

  • Manufacturer(s): FX Schmid Germany

  • Artist(s): Alexander Strohmaier

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 1 - 4

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 440 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 4 game boards
  • 4 identical sets of 27 hexagon pieces

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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