If you like sitting around the table of evening playing games, I bet your games cupboard is quite full, just like ours – we love our family game nights. But there are always more games to buy and play, game nights should be varied so that games don’t become stale or boring. Whilst we have our favourite games that we do play a lot, we do always mix it up a bit and are always looking for something new and different to play and recently tried out Color Addict (their spelling, not mine), a card game, from Cartamundi.
Color Addict is an addictive brain teasing, fast matching, action card game for 2-6 players aged 7 to 97 (and beyond). It is a deck of 110 cards that come in a highly colourful, eye-catching, box. The cards are also very colourful as each card has the name of a colour but in a different colour text (so if it says GREEN it might be in BLUE text). And to confuse matters more, there is also a splodge of colour in the centre of the card that doesn’t match the colour of the text. With a playing time of around 15 minutes it is a quick game to play and fun to play over several rounds.
The purpose of Color Addict is to get rid of all your cards by matching colours (in word or colour form) to the card in the centre of the table and there is more than one way to play. With having the name of a colour, printed in a different coloured text and a splash of another colour on the card it can get confusing, but very, very addictive to play! Concentration is key as seeing the word orange written in blue with a splodge of yellow underneath can confuse the brain.
To play Color Addict, the cards are shuffled thoroughly and dealt evenly to all the players. The player to go first (the dealer), takes one card from their draw pile and places it face up in the centre of the table. The cards that each player has been dealt are their own personal draw pile and they take 3 cards from it. There are three different ways to play, but essentially to get rid of your cards if the card in play has the word ORANGE but written in BLUE, players card lay a card with any colour name written in blue or orange, a card with any colour with the word orange or blue or the multicoloured Joker card:
BASIC RULES – Play with all the cards. As soon as the dealer turns the card over, everybody can play. There is no turn order; anybody can play a card at any time following the above rules. If you can’t play, draw a card. If you still can’t play, keep drawing until you can. The first player who does not have any cards left in their hand and their draw pile is the winner. When you play the Joker (Multicoloured card), announce the colour you want to play next. Note that the colour splatters are only there to confuse you. No matter what colour they are, they do not affect play.
BEGINNER RULES – Play with the basic rules but use only the cards that contain the words RED, BLUE, YELLOW and GREEN (written in any colour).
ALTERNATIVE RULES – Play with all the cards, but now players take successive turns instead of playing simultaneously. On your turn, play one card from your hand to the centre pile and then draw one from your draw pile. If you can’t play any cards, simply draw one and play passes on to the next player in clockwise order. If you have more than three cards in your hand on your turn, play one but do not draw. The first player who does not have any cards left in their hand and their draw pile is the winner.
Overall, I think that Color Addict is an excellent fun game. It is indeed highly addictive as the warning on the box states. A game that is perfect for children, teenagers, adults and families.
When reading through the game rules, I initially thought the game sounded confusing and won’t be an enjoyable game to play, but once you start playing it all begins to make sense (although you will need the rules handy for the first few plays to make sure it is being played properly).
Once the few rules have been grasped, it is quite difficult to know what card to play. Why? Because your mind plays tricks on you – you are reading the name of a colour but seeing it in a different colour whilst also seeing a splodge of another card beneath the word – which is the correct one to play? Reading the word green in colour (albeit a different colour) has a habit of making you think that the word green in colour. And that’s what makes it fun, interesting, and yes, highly addictive.
Color Addict is a game of concentration and consideration, whilst trying to play as fast as you can (but only works if you are not colour blind). But even though it sounds confusing, once you start playing, you’re hooked and just want to keep playing. Lots of enjoyment is had with this addictive card game that is suitable for players young and old.
As the game just consists of a deck of cards, this makes it a very portable game that can be taken with you and played with anywhere. The rules are printed on the box, so they are always available.
I love Color Addict; I think that it is quick to play and lots of fun. It is very addictive matching game with a twist and never gets boring. With its fast game play, you can play easily play a few rounds in quick succession or play mini tournaments. Highly recommended.
Available to buy from Amazon here.