Wednesday, October 9, 2013

20 Express Makes Staying Inside Fun!

Hey neighbors,

I just have to share our newest review game with you! It is called 20 Express ($19.99). 20 Express is a new game from Blue Orange Games.  This is so perfect for those fall days when it is too cool, wet, or dreary to go out and play.  We even brought it with us on our trip and have played it several times in the hotel and then we shared it here in Alabama with some friends.

Now I personally love that you can play this game with 1-100 players.  So many games either require more than one player, or with our family of eight, we have to do teams because they are designed for 4-6 players. 20 Express can be played alone, or with a large group!  Perfect!

My husband likes it because you can play a round in just a few minutes.  This is perfect for when you don't have time for a long game.  You can play several rounds of 20 Express with time to spare.  And the entire game fits in a drawstring bag!

My children like it because it is so much fun.  They also like competing against their own score, rather than competing against each other.

Our friends that we shared this with had so much fun, they kept asking to do another round.  Now, they want to purchase their own game!  Not bad.

Now, here is the general idea of 20 Express.  One player will be in charge of the bag of number tiles.  Each player receives a score sheet and a pencil.  The game comes with 8 pencils, but obviously you can use your own if you have more people.  Each score sheet has a train engine and 20 empty cars.  The number tiles are 1-30 with some doubles and one with a star.  As the person in charge of the bag pulls one tile at a time they announce the number on the tile.  Each player needs to place the number in an empty box car.  The whole goal is to try to get as many as possible in order from lowest to highest.  This does not mean your numbers will go: 1, 2, 3, 4, but may look more like this: 1, 4, 5, 7, 10.  Remember there are only twenty boxes and the numbers are 1-30, so there will be some gaps.  The only problem is, as the game progresses you may have a lower number and have to place it after a higher number.  Continue the game until 20 tiles have been drawn.  Now, everyone's boxes should be full.  Now, you need to figure out your score.  Start at the first box and count off until you run into a number that is lower than the previous number.  However many boxes you have counted at that point, look on the scoring table on the center of your page and see how many points you received.  Then continue scoring in this manner until you reach the end of the train.  Add up your points for a grand total.

I will say here, the first round we played everyone was a little unsure of themselves, but by the second round everyone had it figured out and were having a GREAT time.  20 Express will definitely being staying on our shelf of often used games.  When you run out of score sheets, you can purchase more, or download and print your own.

Oh, and we are taking it to our friend's home this evening to play again!  Be sure to visit the Blue Orange Games website to see the other games they have to offer.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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