Xactika is an original card game that challenges the players' ability to estimate the outcome of playing 8 cards. Unlike other bidding games, each card in every Xactika hand gives you four ways to play it. There are 81 cards and each of them has a unique combination of balls, cubes, cones, and stars that total the numeral on the card. Consider, for example, the single card 7. It might show 1 ball, 3 cubes, 2 cones, and 1 star (1+3+2+1=7). Another 7 might show 2 balls, 2 cubes, 1 cone, and 2 stars -- that still adds up to seven. When its your turn to lead, you call a shape (2 cones for instance), which everyone must follow by playing a card with exactly 2 cones on it. Highest card wins the trick.
During play, you must predict the chances of being able to take the other players' cards that are laid down during each round. Since there is no drawing or discarding, you must predict exactly (hence the name Xactika) the number of rounds in which you will be able to take the cards played. As play evolves, cards that appear too weak to take a trick initially may become strong enough to do so as the hand evolves. The aim of the game is to accumulate the highest score and win! Although the rules of play are simple, understanding the strategy and its subtleties will take time to master.
Xactika is a fast turn game which takes about 30-45 minutes to play. Each hand provides a completely new opportunity to come from behind and take the lead. Even if a player is behind, they can win if the probabilities and their skill come together.
In 2002, Xactika received the following awards: Games Magazine Top 100 Award and the Parents' Choice Award.
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Ages: 12 years +