The Game: Quick and Easy Review: Simple gameplay meets complex strategy

Best Moment

If a single emoji were to capture our first couple of laughably rough games, it would be the headslap. The concept wasn’t quite clicking with the kids until our third or fourth playthrough. You’d have thought our favorite football team had won the playoffs when we made it through maybe half the deck the first game that they started to really grasp the notion! =-)

Gameplay Overview

Coordinate as a team to play all 50 number cards one or two at a time. You can play in the ascending pile or the descending pile. With only ten cards of each color, you must strategically play Reverse Tricks in order to keep the game going.

Quick Thoughts

I am truly blown away at the simple complexity that the geniuses at Pandasaurus Games continue to infuse into their games. The description for The Game: Quick & Easy sounds almost…boring, especially if you’re not a fan of basic set/run/color card games (like me!). But my goodness, there is a wealth of strategy, analytical thinking, and awareness of other players that is required to beat this game together. We haven’t gotten there yet, but we’ve come close!

I dig this kind of artwork. If this game had a poster, I would hang it on our bedroom wall next to our wedding pictures (not sure my wife would go for that!). It’s cool and kind of creepy at the same time. It reminds me a bit of the land of the dead in Disney’s Coco movie. I bet you could come up with an entire persona, complete with tastes, traits, and personalities, for each of the delightfully colorful and detailed skulls on these cards.

I am a card-counter and numbers guy, but I gave up trying to calculate this game. If any of you out there can formulate some sort of cohesive, statistical approach, let me know! It seems very simple having just 50 total cards: 1-10 for five different colors. I can mostly get there with the basic gameplay, but the Reverse Trick completely throws me off. Counting cards can help, for sure, but is that really necessary for a light card game like The Game: Quick & Easy? No, no it’s not. =-)

Tips & Tricks

  • Find that sweet spot as a team of when to play the Reverse Trick (it’s not always judicious to do so!). Timing is key here.
  • Don’t play in silos! Follow the rules (can’t say specific numbers), but be sure to discuss and be open about your intentions.

Scoring & Wrap-up

Overall, as a light-weight card game, I give The Game: Quick & Easy a 7 out of 10 (“Good – usually willing to play” on BGG’s scale) for the following reasons:


  • I love when simple gameplay meets complex strategy.
  • The artwork masterfully blends coolness, creepiness, and color.
  • I love when simple games have harder versions like the seemingly impossible “professional” mode (has anyone really beaten the professional version?).


  • I know house rules can always trump the rulebook (although I’m opposed!), but I wish a little less talking and collaboration were allowed. I may be coming from my affinity towards The Mind which doesn’t allow any communication.

As much as I have enjoyed this quick and easy version, I am salivating at the thought of playing the original The Game. These are such fun filler games, perfect for those few minutes between commitments. If you’re into games that pull you together and instill teamwork and cooperation as a team, family, or group of friends, these are perfect.

Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.

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