Sunday, August 09, 2009

Pico 2

The Basics
Description: The game is composed of 11 cards. These are numbered 4 through 13 plus 16 and each also bears a number of "pips". (From one on the 4 card to four on the 16 card.) A round is played as follows: each player is dealt 5 cards with the eleventh card discarded face-up. (Note that this means that you know exactly what cards your opponent holds.) Each turn both you and your opponent secretly select one of their respective cards and reveal them simultaneously. The higher card wins and that player sets that card aside scoring the number of pips on it. The loser retains his/her played card. However, if the higher card is more than twice the lower card then it's the lower card that is placed aside and scored. So the 13 will beat the 10 but lose to the 6. Play continues until one player is left with but a single card. Points are then scored and, here's the clever bit, players swap hands and do it again. This ensures that each game is exactly fair as both players will have equal opportunity to play a strong/weak hand. After these two rounds the points are totaled and a winner declared. There are, at most, fourteen card plays in a game and so the game is usually over in two or three minutes.

How to Play
Where to Play Online

Cheat Sheets (from the Geek)
  • Not Needed
Game Hints
  • Not Needed: Plays like your a mind reader
  • Opinion: I enjoyed this game.
  • Online: Works fine online.
  • Work: Very quick filler for lunch time.
  • Home: Could be a good family game.
Other Info

Plays best with: Its a two player game, but works fine online against AI.
Gateway Suitability: Very easy to learn.
Spouse Suitability: Chrissy liked it as a filler.
Re-playability: It doesn't see table action, but does see online action.
Real Life Setup: A few seconds of card shuffling.
Real Life Time/Length: 5 minutes.
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