Game Review: Six-Shooter (Crystal Tower Games) KID ALERT!

This game has nothing to do with guns, other than the picture on the box cover. Six-Shooter is a cross between Yahtzee and Bingo. Each player has their own 6×6 bingo-style board, with each square representing a combination of dice, for example, “Two 3 of a Kinds” or “12 points or less.”  A deck of cards has the same combinations.

During each turn, a card is displayed, and each player attempts to achieve that combination with 6 D6 (i.e., normal dice) in 4 rolls.  Players decide which dice to keep and which to reroll each time.  If successful, the player uses a dry-erase marker (included) to mark off one of those squares on the bingo board.  The first to mark off 6 in a row wins.

All players play simultaneously.  This means for more experienced players the game can move faster (although playing by turns might work better for younger players who need some adult help).

This game will challenge many younger gamers without frustrating them.  They have to decide which of their six dice to keep and which to reroll, and which square to mark on their bingo board (give that each type of card appears three times).  It also helps children learn skills like creating patterns, adding, and calculating probabilities.  And, it is very easy to learn and play.

Game comes with 4 bingo-style boards, 4 dry-erase markers, one deck of cards, and 24 6-sided dice.

Originality:  3/5

Ease to Learn:  5/5

Replay Value:  4/5  (for kids)

Looks:  4/5  (well-made and sturdy, although art is simple)

Elegance:  4/5.  Overall, we recommend this game for children 4-8 years of age.

(Note:  We acquired this game at GenCon 2011 in a product trade with the owners of the company.)

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GenCon 2011

We’re a little late in posting this, but we had a wonderful time at GenCon 2011 in August.  We shared a booth with our buddies at Gozer Games, and had a ton of fun running demo hands of Quack in the Box for unsuspecting gamers.  Here we are, waiting in ambush…

We have a number of new reviews about the game from folks we met there, which we’ve linked to on our “Buzz” page – take a look!

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Gearing up for PAX East!

We’re heading to Boston for PAX East later this week — if you are there, look for us in the “Indie Alley,” Booth I-8. Len Peralta will be joining us for signings, so stay tuned for the exact times (or follow us on Twitter)!

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Demo at Cherry Alley Cafe, Lewisburg PA

Hello fellow Quacks!

For those of you in central PA (you know who you are!) we’ll be doing a demonstration of Quack in the Box at Cherry Alley Cafe here in beautiful winter-wonderland Lewisburg PA, this Thursday, Dec 9 at 6-8pm.

More info on Facebook or here. We’ll be selling the game at a discount, too! Hope to see you there!

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5% of Holiday Sales to Doctors without Borders

Believe it or not, we’re not total cynics.

Don Gusano Games will be donating 5% of all sales from Nov 16-Dec 31, 2010 to Doctors Without Borders (, winners of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

Whether you buy QITB here or at your favorite local game store, you’ll be sending the message that bad health care belongs only in card games!

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