13 August 2014 ~ 1 Comment

CrossWays: The Path to Victory is Not Always a Straight Line

I grabbed my kids and said “Let’s play!”. I have an 11, 13 and 15-year-old. Now that they are older, board games are more fun because we’re not endlessly playing Candy Land. This is a great game for pre-teen through senior because the directions are pretty easy (once you figure out what they are saying, it’s very easy to play) and it’s not a super long game. We played three rounds and it took about 40 minutes. It is a game of strategy, and a little luck. It reminds me of Connect Four a bit.

All of us enjoyed it and we’ll pull it out of the game night cabinet again, for sure. There’s enough strategy that you can play it over and over again and still have fun. The downside is that if you want to get your kids to hang out with you for more than hour, this isn’t the way to do it. After a few rounds, it loses its luster and it’s time to move on.

Having said that, this is definitely staying in the game cabinet, we had a great time and it’s a fabulous way to turn off the televisions, computers and phones and spend a little time together. It’s amazing the things we talk about during family pizza and game night at my house.

Recommended for everyone that loves board games.

In CrossWays players want to be the first to build a path of their pieces from one side of the game board to the opposite side, but to build they need to use the cards they draw and have in hand.On a turn, a player can lay down a single card (e.g., a red 9) and place one of their pieces on this space on the game board; she can also lay down a pair of cards with the same value and place two of her pieces in a stack on any space, including the white ones that are otherwise off-limits. If a player has two pieces in a row on a stack, no one else can play on top of that stack but by playing a suited run of cards, a player can remove pieces already on the board, putting those spaces into play once again.

Rating: ★★★★☆

One Response to “CrossWays: The Path to Victory is Not Always a Straight Line”

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