Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Golden Gate

Golden Gate

Fall 2010 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: Blue Orange Games
Price: $14.99

This game's bright red and yellow packaging might make you think that you're going to get something fiery and competitive, but that turns out not to be the case. I think my 16-year old put it best when she commented that she liked this game better when she played it on the computer by herself. What she meant is that this game is much like an adaptation of solitaire meant to be played with other people. Players are each given a certain number of cards (depending on the number of players), with the point of the game being to get rid of your cards the fastest. To do so, you must add them to the discard pile, but you can only put cards down in numerical order. The order can be ascending or descending, but you can only use one of those options at one time (i.e. If 4-5-6 is in the pile, the next card has to be a 7 of any color, it cannot be another 6). There is not much to be learned from this game, except for number sequencing. Tokens are included with the game - a set each of 10, 20, 30 and 40 - but the directions do not make clear what to do with them, other than give them to the person who plays all their cards first in each round. There is a twist. The value of any red cards you have left at the end of the round is added up and deducted from your point score, a rule that does not add much strategizing to the game.

Caelie Haines   ©2010 Parents' Choice

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