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Talat

Huch & Friends / Wiggles 3D

Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $34.95

MSRP (USD): $34.99

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EDITOR'S REVIEW

An intriguing and novel new strategy game. For starters, it's like playing two games at once. You are, after all playing against two different opponents - each on a separate board. Except that the games are quite interconnected because you have only one set of game pieces (three shapes, each in three different heights) which you must strategically divide between the two boards. As well, you don't get to play both opponents on each round of play - rather, for each turn, you have to decide on which board you'll make your move. Reaction from our testing families was for the most part favourable - and in fact they rated it quite highly. But most found the rules difficult to figure out - both because the game itself is a little complex to articulate, as well as, a less than stellar presentation. Best suited to people who enjoy strategy games, and perhaps in some cases, better for kids slightly older than 8+, although many 8 year olds can certainly understand and enjoy this game.

WHAT THE KIDS SAY

Davey

11

Interesting game... But but too confusing instructions, too much concentration. In a way like Chess, except there's three boards. How it's like chess: because there are the same moves, and there are more powerful and weaker pieces. But I don't like about it: is it's hard to explain and learn, because there are things TOTALLY different from chess. I'd rather a chess game.

Kai

10

It was much more difficult to learn than Chess, it's hard to remember which piece you can eat , and when you capture a piece, do you move in it's spot? my dad couldn't figure it out. But I still won so it's a fun game

Mia

11

I found it hard to remember who you can capture, where I can go etc, but once I started playing then I got it and it was more fun. Apart of that it's quite fun, it's not like chess at all, I don't see where my bother finds the resemblance, maybe cause he wins at that, too.

Gram

8

When we started playing I didn't know if I would like it, but now it is my favourite game. I don't know any other game where you have to play two games at the same time, so it's extra tricky. So far every game is different because you don't know if you have powerful pieces against weak pieces or weak against weak or whatever. It is a 10 for sure.

Aleeza

12

This is a very big strategy game. It's kind of like chess, but you're playing against two different opponents at the same time. It's difficult to decide which pieces to put on which board, and which board to move on your turn. It is a fun and challenging game.

WHAT ADULTS THINK

Golda W.

It was a little difficult to figure out the rules for this game from the written instructions (the illustrations were more helpful), but once we started playing we found it to be pretty straightforward. The two-player game is just a little bit more complicated, but my 13-year-old and I were able to muddle through pretty well on our first try. We've continued to find new strategies for this game. I prefer the two-person version at it allows for more back-and-forth play, as well as allowing people of differing abilities to play together: The better player can allow the one having more difficulty to capture more of the pieces that don't belong to either player, so the game feels more equal (even if the better player ends up with more pieces on the board, and is then the winner, the loser has more captured pieces than he would otherwise).

Daniek H.

Parent

I enjoyed the game although it took time to understand it. It's a good strategy game that is like chess in a way but you have 2 opponents so there are more to think of, you really have to think a few moves in advance. I had fun with my kids

Camilla

There are many rules that I have to learn and remember. I don't know if I really like this game because I have to think a lot and sometimes I just want to play a game and not think so much.

Orietta M.

This game is not for everyone. Your kids have to be ready for a strategy game like this. It says 8 and up...I think 10 and up is more what the age should be...just because it requires a lot of strategy. I think because my children 7M and 9F have taken chess lessons and understand what it means to play games that require thinking about your moves before you proceed helped them achieve some success with this game. This is not a game they willingly take out with friends..This game is one that together with the family we would take out and play.

Daniel H.

I enjoyed the game although it took time to understand it. It's has a lot of strategy, like chess, but the games are much shorter, and you have two opponents so there are more things to think of - you really have to think a few moves in advance. I enjoyed playing the game with my 2 younger kids. ( F11 & M9 ).

Jennifer F.

We found this to be a great family strategy game - once we could get past the poor instructions to figure out the object of the game and how to play. My M6 and M8 really got into this game and one week were keeping it in their bedroom to play every night before bed. I liked that part of the game involved setting up the board and determining which board to set your stronger pieces up on, so there was lots of opportunity through set-up and throughout the game to create a stronger and weaker board. You could simultaneously play against two players of different ages/abilities and be able to even things out and have everyone be competitive. Also good for playing with kids, because while they may lose on one game board, they could win on a second so they can learn to be good sports as winners and losers during the same game! A great family game because they won't outgrow it.

Rebecca Y.

Wow- this puts a whole new spin on strategy games. The rules are fairly simple and the game is really easy to learn but the play is incredible. You're stuck deciding between which board to move on at every move. There's the added complexity of trying to get your pieces to the other end (for 3 points) before the board is frozen. We haven't played the 2- player version yet, but the 3 person game is perfect for any chess and strategy game lovers.

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

Triple Your Fun!

Defend your towers while waging attacks on two opponents. Talat is an abstract strategy game based on the number three: three players, three boards, three sizes of towers in three unique shapes.

Players try to capture enemy towers while strategically moving their own to safety. Taller towers can capture shorter towers, and towers with more sides are more powerful than those with fewer sides.

Pick up Talat and experience the power of three.

Year Introduced

2012

Contents

  • 27 towers (3 sets of 3 shapes each in 3 sizes)