I had heard so much about the game Sequence that I was considering putting it on our Christmas list. Then I saw it in one of my favorite second-hand shops–and I snapped it up right away. It was missing one deck of cards but we didn’t mind–that’s an easy fix.
We played a round and I realized that we had actually played a similar game with a wooden board and pegs–same concept but much more cumbersome.
Sequence can be played with two or three players or in teams in multiples of two or three up to 12 players. If there are one to three players, everyone plays on their own. For four players there are 2 teams of 2. For six players, two teams of three. Eight players are two teams of four. Next if you have nine players you have three teams of three. Ten payers are two teams of five. Last, 12 players are three teams of three.
The Object of the Game
The object of the game is pretty simple: get five tokens in a row (a sequence) or 2 five token lines (2 sequences) depending on the number of players. Sequences can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. A token can be used in more than one Sequence at a time.
There are four special spaces on the Sequence board. The four corners are considered wild. They can be used by multiple teams at the same time. A token is not used to claim.
Deciding Who Goes First
A member from each team cuts the deck. The team with the lowest number deals and the team with the highest number plays first.
How many cards each player gets depends on how many players are playing.
2 players = seven cards.
3 or 4 players = six cards.
6 players = five cards.
8 players = four cards.
10 players = three cards.
12 players = three cards.
Players sit around the Sequence game board in an alternating pattern with tokens in front of them.
A player looks at his hand and chooses a spot on the Sequence game board that matches. There are two of each card on the board in different places. The player chooses the one that is most strategic and places one of his tokens on that place on the board. Then, he discards the card form his hand and picks a card from the draw pile. If you forget to pick up a card, then you are down a card for the rest of the game. If both spaces of a card that you have in your hand are taken, you say “dead card” and discard and draw a new card. You can only do this once per turn.
A one eyed Jack card allows you to remove any token on the board except for a token that is already in a completed Sequence.
A two eyed Jack card is wild and allows you to place a token on any unoccupied space on the game board.
There is absolutely no table talk amongst team members. If a team is found to be guilty of table talk, sharing info about cards they have or what space they should play, every member of the team loses a card in their hand for the remainder of the game.
If there are two players or two teams, then you need 2 Sequences to win. On the other hand, if there are three players or three teams, only one Sequence is needed to win.
What we Liked
The rules are simple enough for everyone to play. The first time we played on the wooden board, I believe our youngest was five and she played with little trouble. There were a few random placements of tokens that made it interesting.
The flexible number of players is a really nice feature. We have played with two, three and two teams. It feels like a different game when you play in pairs than when you play individually. We prefer at least four players but love that we can play when someone is missing.
The game length is pretty good–long enough to play just once but short enough to play a couple of times in a row for an afternoon or game night.
What we Didn’t Like
The only complaint we have with this game is that it’s sometimes hard to find both cards on the board, making some turns take a long time.
Sequence is a great family game. The box age says seven and up. I would agree with that age, although younger kids can play too. This classic family game has seen many forms–jumbo size, travel, dice, even dogs and has obviously inspired others to produce similar games. I can see why; with it’s simple to follow rules, easy strategy that can be simple or more complex, and the multiplayer options, this family board game is a keeper and well worth being on our Christmas list and one for sure for our Family Game Shelf.
Pros: easy to play, multiplayer options, great for the whole family
Cons: adults might tire of it after a few too many rounds
Mom: strategy, critical thinking