Ever since our children were born, my husband and I haven't really spent much time playing board or card games together. Sure, we play Candyland and Hi Ho! Cherry-O, but I'm talking about the games meant for kids older than five. I like playing games (especially if I win), an inherited trait from my father. We played a lot of different games growing up. I posted about my love of Rummy Royal a while back. That's the game that taught me about basic poker hands like a flush and a straight. My mom's favorite game is Scrabble, so we played that game quite a bit as well.
Just recently I had the chance to review a new game called Rummino. The game combines aspects of Rummy with certain aspects of word tile games like Scrabble. Each player takes 7 tiles and then must play as many tiles as they can by adding them to runs (tiles in a sequence) or sets (tiles of the same rank). Each play is scored depending on how many tiles played and bonus points gained. The game ends when when one of the players runs out of tiles and the player with the highest score wins. The game consists of 92 tiles, a tile bag and an instruction sheet. (Best played by ages 8+ and 2-6 players).
At first, I thought Rummino sounded relatively simple, but it does require quite a bit of thought and strategy. My husband and I sat down one night and tried it out. It took us a few practice times and several glances at the rules before we caught on. Once you get the hang of it though, the game gets easier. Like they say, practice makes perfect. Besides the normal suits (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs) and colors (red and black), the game includes a star suit and the colors blue, green, and purple. The tiles are small, about one inch square each, but you'll need a little room to spread out. The game does not come with a board so the tiles are played like dominoes on a table or surface. My only complaint: I wish Rummino would have included tile racks like Scrabble. If you want to play on the floor the pieces won't stand on carpet, making it hard to hide your "hand." Those that like games of sequence and strategy will enjoy Rummino. I can't wait to play against my dad. Think he'll let me win for once?
This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program for Marina Games, who supplied a free game for my family to review. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)