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Review: Rummikub

December 21, 2012

“We can’t do it Wednesday night, that’s game night.  And game night is sacred.”  This sentence is spoken pretty regularly in our world.  About a year ago, we began hosting game night at our house.  It’s a small group of people, usually 4-5 and we start off the evening with dinner, eaten family style at the table.  After we eat, we move to the living room to play a game.  The game varies each week-  we will play card games, board games and sometimes we even pull out the Wii for some video game action.  And no topic of conversation is off limits.  We will discuss religion, politics or just the silly things that happened in the past week.  And even though our views may differ – we can all talk freely without anger or hurt feelings.

One game that we play frequently is Rummikub.  It is kind of like Gin Rummy, but played with colored and numbered tiles instead of cards.

The game is played by laying down tiles in sets of the same number (3-3-3) or runs with the same color (4-5-6).  All sets must a  group of at least three.  It sounds easy, but the best part – which is also the hardest part comes when a lot of tiles have been played.

You see, in Rummikub, you can mix and match tiles in an infinite number of ways as long as you follow the rules which are pretty simple – leave three tiles in each set and a run must be of the same color and stay in numerical order.

So, in order to get rid of one tile in your hand, you might make 5 manipulations of the board.  And one move by the person before you can completely throw off your entire game plan.  There can be a large amount of strategy involved and you definitely must think outside the box in order to win.  The instructions do place a time limit of two minutes on someones turn, so there isn’t that one person that monopolizes the game looking for a move for 10 minutes.

We really enjoy this game because it involves lots of thinking, but isn’t “in the box” thinking like some other games.  There is always more than one answer, and the possibilities are almost limitless.


So, if you are a game lover, or you know someone who is – try Rummikub.  It’s a fun game for all ages.

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