Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review - Blink - The World's Fastest Card Game

Players: 2
Playing Time: Less than 2 minutes
Age: 7+
Suggested Retail: $5.99

In this lightning-quick game, two players use sharp eyes and fast hands to match the shape, count, or color of their cards. The first player out of cards wins the game!

The Goal:

Be the first player to play all your cards.

The Setup:

Shuffle the cards and deal 30 cards face-down to each player. Each player takes the top card from their stack and places it face-down in the play area.  Each player then draws the top three cards to form their hand.

The Play:

At the same time, the players flip over their card in the play area and the game begins...

Players are allowed to play a card from their hand on either pile.  The card they play MUST match one of the attributes on the card: Shape, Color, or Count.  For example, an card with three red stars can be played on a card with stars on it, or a card with any red shape on it, or a card with any three symbols on it.  You can see some examples of this in the picture above.

Once a card has been played, the player draws another card from their draw deck to bring their hand back to three cards.

If neither player can play a card from their hand, then they each flip over the next card in their draw pile and play continues.

Game End:

First person to play all the cards in their draw deck is the winner!


Blink is one of my favorite fast play games....if you like War, you'll love Blink.  Blink is truly as fast as a game can personal best is 27 seconds to get through the deck...can you beat it?

When I was A Boy Scout Leader, the scouts LOVED to play this fact, I've yet to meet a kid (and most adults) who don't love this game.

I do have one minor gripe about Blink.  It was originally published by Out Of The Box Games and it came in a neat tin box, perfect for throwing in your travel bag or 72-hour kit.  The latest version from Mattel comes in a regular, plain, boring cardboard box...a step in the wrong direction in my opinion.  Even so, Blink gets a 9 out of 10 rating from me.

You can buy Blink in our eBay store ( or in our Amazon Store or by contacting us directly.

1 comment:

  1. We love this game. I grew up playing speed with traditional face cards. This is a take off of that. But it has more options for matching. It's also something that little kids can play easily because it's so visual. And age doesn't affect competition much. My kids usually beat me. Younger siblings can beat older ones. It's a great equalizer.