Do you and your family enjoy playing a good game of checkers or chess? Are their members of your family that just love a healthy dose of competition? If so you’re in for a treat as I tell you about my latest review.
Games for Competitors has a game that combines the strategies of both chess and checkers into one game. The name of this game is called Tri-Cross. “Tri-Cross is a board game that challenges competitors in the areas of strategy, critical thinking and problem solving in a fun and entertaining way. The board game is designed to be played with 2-4 players. This game can be played by children as young as 8 but is said to be for those who are 10 and older.”
By looking at the way the game is made (a cross shape with 3 rows and columns) it becomes obvious why it’s called “Tri-Cross”. I received both their standard board game and their Eco-friendly edition to review. It also came with a CD that gives you a visual of how the game is played.
The standard game comes in a rectangled box with a black pouch, square hard plastic playing pieces, and paper instructions. The price of the standard game is $24.95.
The Eco-friendly version comes with a big pouch that holds the cloth game board, small pouch and hard plastic game pieces. The great thing about this is you can fold your board up, put it in it’s pouch and carry it with you in your purse or bag when you’re on the go. It’s made of a soft cloth that’s environmentally friendly. You can read all about their Eco-specs on their site. The price of the Eco-friendly game is $19.95.
They also have a wooden game for $35.95. To see the different types just click here to see how to order. There are two versions of the game that gives you an opportunity to play with varying degrees of difficulty. One is the face up (2 players) and the other is the face down (standard version, 2-4 players). For beginners it’s best to play the face up version until you get better at playing. The object of the game is to be able to “occupy the Tri-cross square in the middle of the board; with one of your game pieces for four turns in a row or to jump and remove all of your opponent’s pieces”. The game doesn’t take long to play. It can take up to 20 minutes or less depending on how challenging it gets. To see some videos of how the game is played click here.
Now here’s a little tip. Be sure to play the game with the board sitting on a flat, sturdy surface. You don’t want your playing pieces sliding all over the board. I found out the hard way because we were playing on the bed and the middle section bulges up since that’s were the game folds in half to put away in the box. Here’s some pictures of us playing a few rounds…
Overall my family loves this game and we play it each week. My son says he’ll never get tired of playing. Having the instructional CD helped make the instructions more clearer to understand how to play the game. Even I was scratching his head at first. I’m glad to have received Tri-Cross to put with the collection of the other board games we own. It’s good to finally have something new to pull out when we’re strapped for what to play for game night. There’s nothing like having games to play to build lasting memories with your loved ones. To learn more about Games For Competitors read here. You can also find out more about the game through their FAQ page.
You can read what my other crew mates thought about Tri-Cross by visiting the TOS Crew blog.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received both games free of charge to review and give my honest opinion.