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Dutch Blitz – Happy Dad and Kids Game Review

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.

HappyDad’s Review:

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.

Blitz!

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

Dutch Blitz Game Review by Happy Dad and KidsEveryone 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.

Scoring

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.

Winning

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

4 Silly Faces Rating on Happy Dad and Kids

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.

HappyKid’s Review:

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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Qwirkle – Happy Dad and Kids Game Review

Game: Qwirkle

What does the box say?

Age Range: Littles and Bigs (6 and up)

Short Description: While Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, it also requires tactical maneuvers and well planned strategy.

Game Length: 20 – 30 minutes

Learning Curve: About one game.

HappyDad’s Review:

The day you have to start playing games for real against your kids is like a right of passage.

Qwirkle is one of those games that I have to play full out or suffer the consequence of being completely annihilated by my 9 year old. His intelligence style fits perfectly with this game and he can see things I miss if I’m not vigilant.

Just the Right Amount of Fun

Its a fun game that involves skill, strategy, matching and some luck of the draw.

It’s a great table game that doesn’t take all day, but also isn’t so short you’re left wondering what else you’re going to do for family game night once it’s over, besides spending an hour trying to pick another game everyone can agree on.

A Warning for Organization Addicts

You can keep the box for easy storage with the rest of your games or you can just store it in the bag it comes with to hold the tiles. That said, the organizational monster in me prefers the box so that it stores easily with our other games. So before you ditch the box, check with your spouse to make sure that same organizational monster doesn’t live inside them and then comes out to eat you. 😉

The Nitty Gritty

The idea of the game besides winning by scoring the most points is to get what they call a Qwirkle. A Qwirkle is six tiles in a row that are either all the same shape but six different colors or six tiles in a row that are all the same color but six different shapes.

A Qwirkle is worth six points plus a bonus six points and it can be a game changer.

As mentioned above, it takes about a game for most everyone to learn the game except for maybe your children on the lower end of the age range. For them I’d recommend playing on a team with an older sibling or parent for a while until they get it.

The Independent Toddler

This could be longer or shorter period of time depending on if your littles are like mine and declare their belief that they are fully capable of playing on their own even though you know they have no idea what they are doing.

In that case, remember you’re playing a game, it should be fun and you’re raising an adult not a child so let them learn from the consequences of their decision mercifully and teach them gently.

Qwirkle is definitely one of our family favorites and is a go to game for us if we can’t decide on another one.

HappyDad Rating: 5 Silly Faces

5 Silly Faces from HappyDad and Kids

HappyKid’s Review:

James (5 Year Old Boy):

Purple… red… green… (siblings giggling) Oh, which one. Blue. That’s it.

Ava (6 Year Old Girl):

(Thinking… thinking… thinking…) It’s a very fun game. It’s a super duper fun game and that it’s cool because its a little bit hard and it’s cool because it helps out with colors and shapes and it shows you more shapes. Like stars and it tells you how to pronounce more stuff, like shapes.

Shaw (9 Year Old Boy):

A fun game that helps you learn about shapes and then it also helps you to have fun.

Bella (12 Year Old Girl):

Not available for this review.

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