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Delving into Greek Mythology: Crazier Eights: Olympus

Quick Look: Crazier Eights: Olympus

Designer: James Wallace Gray
Artist: Various
Publisher: Recoculous
Year Published: 2020
No. of Players: 2-4
Ages: 13+
Playing Time: 10-30 min.

From the publisher:

Crazier Eights is a gateway fantasy card game series -- it is fun for gamers & easy for non-gamers. It can bring gamers together with non-gamer friends and family. Every card has a unique ability and the  first player to have zero cards in hand wins.

One deck of Crazier Eights: Olympus is enough for 2-4 people to play the game.

Zeus, Artemis, Medea, and many other characters from Greek mythology come to life with these fifty two unique cards. Each card represents a person, place, artifact, or event from Greek mythology.

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

WARNING: This is a preview of Crazier Eights: Olympus. All components and rules are prototype and subject to change.

A copy of the prototype version of this game was sent to me for the purposes of this review, but all opinions here are my own.

Review: Crazier Eights: Olympus

Overview and Theme:

Crazier Eights is a card game that puts together the classic game play of Crazy Eights with both interesting actions and card abilities and a rich, detailed fantasy world.

This is the second Crazier Eights world I have dipped my toe into--I previously reviewed both One Thousand & One Nights and the expansion for that, Shahrzad. Here we spin into the mythical world of the pantheon of Ancient Greece.

Components and Setup:
My components were a prototype deck from The Game Crafter, but I believe that the card art and text was the final version. The recent Kickstarter for the game included the opportunity to buy a jumbo version on Tarot-sized cards, which was something that I had hoped for in my review of Shahrzad that I was glad to see come to life!

Crazier Eights is a just-cards card game, so shuffle the deck, deal each player seven cards, flip over one card from the deck to start the discard pile, and you're good to go--very simple and quick to get started right out of the box.

Game Play and Mechanics:
If you know how to play Crazy Eights and can envision mashing it up with a game like Fluxx, you've arrived at Crazier Eights. Here, the goal is still to get rid of all the cards in your hand by matching color or number of the top of the discard pile, but you are aided in your journey by various Events (played once and discarded) and Assets (played to the table in front of you for an ongoing effect).

The beauty of the game is in the way that it weaves card effects with the assets and events chosen from throughout Greek mythology. In addition, the cards are illustrated with a variety of classic works.

The strategy here is fairly straightforward but thoughtful. You need to decide if it makes more sense to play a card down as an Asset or save it to match as a discard. On each of your turns, you must draw a new card and then you can play a card and discard a card--if you have the right cards to do both things. Some of the Assets and Events will let you play or discard extra cards, while others force you to draw more. The game is a journey of balancing what a card can do for you with how easily you could discard it to the growing pile.

The Good:
As a gameschooling mom, I really like the Crazier Eights series, because it allows us to open up a whole new world for exploration and rabbit trails. We can fold the game into a unit study on Ancient Greece by focusing on the characters, locations and events, or we can delve into learning about the artists and their work (each card's art is labeled along the bottom of the card). The basic logic and strategy here is a good workout for kids who are ready for a step up from UNO, too.

For fans of the other Crazier Eights games, you'll find similar cards and game play here but with new world-building art and themes.

The Bad:
I'd prefer this game, and the rest in the series, as the Tarot sized jumbo decks just to allow the beauty of the artwork to shine--but I'm glad to know that was an option this time around!

Players Who Like:
Crazier Eights: Olympus will be a good fit for fans of other card-shedding games from UNO to Junk in My Trunk, as well as for folks who enjoy the Greek mythology featured here, and of course for followers of the earlier part of the series, including One Thousand & One Nights and Shahrzad.

Final Thoughts:
Crazier Eights: Olympus is a solid continuation of the series, with a great theme, well-placed art, and a family-friendly style that is light enough to play after dinner but interesting enough that it gets pulled off the shelf over and over.

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Alexa Chaplin- Reviewer

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!

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Delving into Greek Mythology: Crazier Eights: Olympus Delving into Greek Mythology: Crazier Eights: Olympus Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on May 14, 2020 Rating: 5

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