For a game featuring rigid puzzle pieces, Snap by Gamewright is incredibly flexible. At its core, Snap is similar to Carcassone; just replace roads and churches with dragons and tigers. Instead of square tiles with flat edges, Snap uses jigsaw pieces that allow matching ends to lock while making wrong plays impossible. These pieces allow for many way to play, which makes Snap one of the most versatile games in my collection. I bought it to play with kids, but I was surprised to find it was just as fun with adults.
When playing with my peers, we hold a hand of tiles and score multiple points for each link in the dragons we build. There is some deep strategy in building the longest dragons, connecting multiple dragons at once, or blocking a dragon from another player. It really didn’t feel much different from a game of Carcassone. But Gamewright makes their games for whole familes, not just strategy gamers. True to form, we were able to play this with kids thanks to the ability to scale down the rules.
For kids, we only drew the top of the tile deck and didn’t use a hand. And we only scored one point no matter how big the dragon was. Because the clever design of the tiles prevents the pieces from being played incorrectly, it made the kid’s decision making simpler. The art is bright and cute, and kids love being able to make dragon’s with two tails and are pumped when they draw a tiger. And even with a simpler rule set, all of the adults still had a great time.
It’s not often that a kid’s game can entertain adults, but that’s why I’ve always loved Gamewright. You can depend on them to make a game you’d be proud to own. Snap is a great game with any rules use, and it’s incredibly effective as a game for beginning gamers. I think it’s important to teach young kids how to follow the rules of a game and understand boundaries, and Snap backs this up with their tiles. Tic-Tac-Toe and Go Fish have been the standard for introducing games to kids for ages now, but Gamewright is a great salvation for grown-up gamers who are eager to share their hobbies with children.