If you’ve never played SET, you’re really missing out. This game is a favorite of staff and customers, and it’s great for almost everyone. The box claims it’s for ages 6 to adult, but we’ve played it with a few precocious 4- and 5-year-olds. It turns out that little kids can make pretty stiff competition, because when adults begin searching for the more difficult sets, they tend to overlook the easy sets, and the kids snatch them up!
How to play:
Deal 12 cards onto the table. The first person to call out "SET!" gets to take the 3-card set from the table once all players agree that it is indeed a set. 3 more cards are laid out and the game continues. The game becomes fast and competitive as everyone is on the edge of their sets to call "SET!" (a bit like bingo, eh?).
What makes the game most interesting is the way that sets are formed. Each card has four features, and each feature has three options:
- Color: red, green, or purple
- Number: 1, 2, or 3
- Shading: Solid, Stripe, or Outline
- Shape: Diamond, Oval, or Squiggle
To determine a SET, one must consider each feature separately, and the cards must be all the SAME or all DIFFERENT for each feature. Sounds confusing? It gets easier after just a game or two, we promise
Check out SetGame.com for more detailed rules and hints. There are variations you can try out. You can even play the game online!