Design by Wolfgang Kramer
Published by Amigo / Mayfair Games
2 – 10 Players, 30 minutes
Review by Greg J. Schloesser
In the board gaming world, a game that has been in continuous print since 1994 is a rarity. There is a seeming insatiable urge to publish new games, with hundreds, if not thousands released each year. Often a game is in print for a year or less, quickly vanishing from a company’s catalog before it has a chance to even be noticed. If a game doesn’t make a splash immediately, it is usually given little marketing effort and is sent packing to the island of forgotten games. Even games that are successful often go out of print in just a few years. A shame, really.
Fortunately that fate was not suffered by Wolfgang Kramer’s entertaining 6 nimmt! (Take 6 in English). This little card game was popular when first released back in 1994, garnering a nomination for the coveted Spiel des Jahre and receiving accolades from other game publications and awards. Its popularity never faded and it has been published by over two dozen publishers, often under different names and in several different guises. It once even had a hurricane theme (Category 5)!
The latest version by Amigo and Mayfair Games returns the game to its original artwork and theme. Gone are hurricanes, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and a variety of other themes and art. Now, it is a return to the bulls, which is even touted with a tagline proclaiming “Not a game for the Bullheaded!”
Most folks who have been immersed in the hobby for any length of time will be familiar with the game. However, for those who may not have played, a description is in order.