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When they were little, the boys could sit and play the same board game over and over. It didn’t matter if it was too easy, or that they had played it 50 times already that week — they were just happy to play. As they get older however, it is harder to keep them entertained. They need more of a challenge and they definitely prefer games that are competitive. Lately I have been on a quest to find games they would enjoy playing, so of course, when I was given the opportunity to review Cahoots™, I jumped at the chance.
“In this colorful game, cooperation with your team is key. Work together to complete a series of goals – without communicating what’s in your hand! Play your cards into one of four piles by matching the same colour or number. Can you make all piles purple or green? Is every card lower than four? Are all cards adding up to ten? There’s only one way to win before time runs out: PLAY IN CAHOOTS!”
The game consists of number and goal cards. The amount of goal cards in the deck determines the difficulty level. For instance, if there are 2 to 3 players, you would start with a goal deck of 15 for beginner, 18 for normal, 21 for expert, and 24 for insane. Each goal card has a requirement that must be met such as “3 green piles.” To play, you place one card from your hand on one of the four number piles. It can be either the same number, the same color, or both. You then draw back to four cards, if available in the deck.
If you completed any visible goals, you collect the related cards and put them in a pile. You then place them with cards from the goal pile so that there are four visible goal piles. If you fail to complete a goal, the next player takes a turn. The player to complete all the goals first wins the game. Cahoots is a game of limited communication and you cannot talk about the cards in your hand. However, you cay say things like “Don’t play on that pile” or “I’ve got a good card for this pile.” The game is for 1 to 4 players ages 10 and up. You can order it from the Gamewright website and Amazon. You can also find it in local retail stores.
Cahoots is the perfect fit for our family game night. It is also a good choice when we just want to play a quick game, as this one only lasts around 20 minutes. Changing the difficulty is also simple making it easy to choose the right level for the group of players. As the boys get better at playing, we can choose a higher difficulty level to keep them engaged. Cahoots is ideal for older kids and adults. The game is fun and it adds an element of tension as you find yourself hoping teammates complete some of their goals without ruining your plans.