We’re a gaming family; you might remember my post on Blue Orange’s Battle Sheep. We keep a deck of cards in our car; well, really the kids keep a deck of cards in the car, so we can breakout in random-acts-of-gaming anytime. I do have to admit though, I wish there were more, smaller-sized games, more than just cards. Sure there’s Uno or Phase 10 or Blue Oranges’s Spot it or Blue Orange’s Tell Tale, in addition to a normal deck of cards from which a catalog of games can be played — Old Maid, Go Fish, Rummy, Hearts, and our current kid fav, War. I want a small portable game with a quick end. If we’re out to eat we can break this out between being seated and ordering, or before the meal comes. Or even at home on those family game nights when time has escaped us between dinner and bedtime. Now Blue Orange has come out with a new game that’s fun, quick, easy, fun, esthetically beautiful, creatively deigned, and fun. It’s a mix of tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, and Hwa-tu called Niya.
This is a simple 2 player game and on the tin box they claim it only takes about 10 minutes per game, and they’re right depending upon factors like teaching children strategies or player thinking time. Blue Orange says Niya is appropriate for 8+ years, but our young 5 year old has played it with us and won; so depending on skill level, I think your child can be younger than their recommended playing age of 8 years old to play and enjoy Niya.
The concept is simple, the first to get 4 in a row or a 2×2 square wins. You can also win by forcing the other playing into a turn with no options. You can have a cat’s game, and my family thought it would happen more often than it has happened. In fact, we’ve been playing regularly with each other and friends, and we’ve only had ONE cat’s game. It’s no wonder Niya has won prestigious awards such as the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Mom’s Choice Awards Gold, Tillywig – Brain Child, and the Major Fun Award. It’s a brilliantly fun family pleaser.
Here’s Brandon from Blue Orange to give you a 2 minute brief on playing Niya:
AND since it’s small, like I mentioned, that is a great game for Christmas stocking stuffers, and the price is right at under $15 on Amazon. You should also check with your local gaming store who is sure to have it in stock, or with your local chain store that are now stocking up for the Christmas season.
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