Game: Dutch Blitz
What does the box say?
Age Range: Bigs (8 and up)
Short Description: Developed in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Dutch Blitz is a card game that’s exciting to play and easy to learn.
Game Length: 30-45 minutes
Learning Curve: One to two hands.
Dutch Blitz is a new family favorite for us and the best way I can describe it is as a mixture of Spit (Not sure if this is just a family game we played growing up or if any of you know it too.) and Skip-Bo.
It’s incredibly fast paced and we find ourselves standing up more often than not while playing it.
The object of the game is to get through your pile of ten cards before anyone else does and when you do, you yell, “Blitz!” to the utter disappointment of all the other players.
As you can imagine, if your family is as competitive as I’ve heard ours can be, it can get pretty heated.
Luck of the Draw
Sometimes you get dealt a band pile with high cards and you have to wait patiently while playing from your hand until you can start to play off your pile. So there isn’t a ton of strategy involved, but you do have to keep your eyes open if you want to come out on top.
How the Game is Played
Everyone has a set of cards that all carry the same icon on the back. This is how you count your points at the end. After shuffling your deck you make a pile of ten cards and then you lay down three cards face up next to it. (See the picture to the right.)
Technically, you can play on these other piles, but in our house we don’t. As mentioned, the object of the game is to get rid of your pile and the way you do that is by playing the cards on a pile in the middle (For instance, the yellow three in the picture above could be played on the yellow two.) or if you play one of the three cards next to your pile you can move the top card from your pile to replace it.
Your hand consists of the rest of the cards in your deck and you flip them over three at a time like in solitaire. If you can play a card in the playing area from your hand, you do it, with the idea of helping yourself play from your pile.
At the end of the game you get 1 point for every card in the playing area and -2 points for every card in your pile still. So you could still score positively if you played a lot of cards even if you have some left in your pile. But obviously the best way is to get rid of the cards in your pile.
We play the first person to 75 points is the winner and even if you get behind early on you can catch up with a few good hands. I’ve seen people come from way behind to win.
Kids Just Want to Have Fun
As mentioned above, because of the fast pace of the game its better for bigger kids, but our kids have fun being on teams and playing against us. The extra eyes help them keep up with us and even out play us sometimes.
Options and Complete Craziness
Because we have a big family and we love playing games with our friends, we bought the Expansion Pack which allows the game to be played with up to 8 people at a time. Keep in mind that the more people you add, the crazier the game play becomes, because everyone is playing at the same time. So proceed with caution, but if you’re like us you’ll love it.
HappyDad Rating: 4 Silly Faces
I’m rating this 4 Silly Faces because it isn’t a complete family game as the littles aren’t able to play as much as we’d like and also because it can take a really long time sometimes for someone to win. But that said, it’s a great game that the kids request to play again and again.
James (5 Year Old Boy):
It’s really fast. (Mom: Is that it? James: No.) Plaaaaayyyy. And that’s it.
Ava (6 Year Old Girl):
It’s really, really fast. It’s hard sometimes. It’s better with more people. It’s better when you are on a team. Oh and it’s really, really, really, really fast.
Shaw (9 Year Old Boy):
It’s a really fun and fast game.
Bella (12 Year Old Girl):
Fast when you get into it and very, very fun! I like playing it when there are more people because it gets crazy. Probably one of my favorite games.
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