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Quallop: A Fast Paced Crisscross Card Game!

Quallop: A Fast Paced Crisscross Card Game!

Fall 2011 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Price: $14.99

Sometimes simpler is better, as is the case with this two-player crisscross card game. Fold back the four panels that enclose the game, and voila, there's the game board with the playing cards already in place! The object of this shape-matching game is to get four of your shape in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) before your opponent does. Be assured that this is unlike any other four-in-a-row game you may have played in the past. The playing cards look like rounded dominos; that is, each card has two curved sections, on each of which can appear any combination of the following images: a blue circle, an orange square, or a blank. Players select whether to be blue or yellow, and a dealer gives each player one card to start. Then players take turns picking one card from the draw pile and playing one card. As they vie to achieve their goal, they must follow these rules:

It is forbidden to play a circle directly on a square, or vice versa.
It is allowed to play a shape directly on the same shape.
Any shape may be played on a blank.
A blank may be played on any shape.

Short pegs hold each card played in place. Ending the game is equally simple; fold the panels back into place, and note that the last panel snaps into place, thanks to a concealed magnet. The dimensions are 8.5 inches X 5 inches X 3/4 inch, ideal for travel.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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