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Gamewright Hisss Card Game

4.7 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews

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  • 2 to 5 players
  • Playing time: about 15 minutes
  • 50 durable cards
  • High gloss graphics
  • Made in the USA
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Product Description

As each Hisss snake slithers its way across the playing area it introduces color identification and visual logic: Does it make sense to have a snake with two tails and no head? Are those two colors the same or not? Even elementary counting skills come into play during scoring at the end of the game. HOW TO PLAY: In this simple, elegant card game, players match colors and and make snakes from heads to tails. Long snakes, short snakes, purple, yellow and rainbow snakes. Finish a snake and add it to your snake pit. The player with the most snakes at the end of the game wins.

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As each Hiss snake slithers its way across the playing area it introduces color identification and visual logic: Does it make sense to have a snake with two tails and no head? Are those two colors the same or not? Even elementary counting skills come into play during scoring at the end of the game.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 2.8 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00005NQE8
  • Item model number: 5219
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,181 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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They discribe this as a card game, but you don't have to hold the cards in your hand, you just fan the entire pile out across the floor and take turns picking a card from the pile, And the peices are heavy like puzzle peices, not thin like cards.

You spread out the cards on the floor, picture down. Take turns picking a card. If the card doesn't match any of the snakes that are on the floor then you just set it down to start a new snake. Each snake must have a head, tail and atleast one middle section. The more peices you get on the snake the better, but the initial object to the game is to form the most snakes and then move it over to you side of the floor(the snake pit). If there is a tie in the number of snakes, then the longest snake wins.

This game is appropriate for ages 3 and up. This is a fairly simple game. I would say most 7 yr old and older would find it boring unless playing with a younger child.

We have two sets, so we can make longer snakes.

Need to play this game on the floor.
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If it were up to me, I'd burn Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. This game is so much "funner". It's different each time you play. My husband and I even played it by ourselves one night. Our four year old daughter absolutely loves it. Additionally, the cards are very thick and sturdy and will travel well.
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I own it and I don't even have kids! (I do have two pet snakes, though.)

Another benefit of his besides those mentioned in the other reviews...Hisss is a good physical game too, because you have to stre-e-e-tch your body to place the cards in position when the snakes get long.

Here's a tip - buy two sets and play with 100 cards instead of 50. This makes even longer snakes possible and also gives you two of every head and tail card! Just make plenty of floor space available!
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We really enjoy this game! The cards are very colorful and thick (think durability), and the game is simple enough, but can have endless variations. The cards have either cute snake heads, or tails in a single color. The middle sections of the snake have two bright colors. You take turns each picking a card from the fanned pile, and try to build snakes by matching up the colors. The person who completes the snake (adding the last head or tail) wins it, and slides it to their "snake pit" while making a HISSS. There are two "rainbow" wild cards.
My kids love this even more than UNO, and we have created a version we call "worms or two headed snakes" that they think is hysterical. They are 4 and 6 years old, and have been playing this for a year. They are learning how to be good sports, especially when someone else gets to collect the 22 card snake we all wanted to win. We all cheer for the person who gets creative and combines snakes. I can see this being good for the preschool set learning their colors as well.
If you are looking for a good quick simple and entertaining family game, HISSS would be a great choice. We love it : )
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My kids (ages 6, 8, and 10) LOVE this game which we've had for about a year. We play a slightly different variety when the older kids are playing... you can hold one card in your hand instead of playing every card immediately. This puts a little bit of strategy into the game.

I brought this game along to a sleepover with my daughter's Girl Scout troop (a bunch of 10-year olds) and they couldn't get enough of this game!
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ManomanoMAN! My kids are 3 & 5 and I have yet to find a better game that both can play together. I rave about Gamewright to everyone I know, and I place this game at the top of the Gamewright collection (at least for the "young kid" games). Some skill, some luck, no reading or counting but plenty of thinking. And sturdy construction to boot. Awesome.
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Coming to a plane (floor or table top) near you is likely the most fun and simple game you could ever play with your young children. I bought this based on the customer reviews and have had many hours of fun playing this game with my two young sons.

The game graphics are colorful and cute, and the game play reinforces matching, logic, and counting skills. Set up and clean up are just a few seconds each.

My only critique is that there should be more heads and tail cards, but like one reviewer wrote, one can always buy a second set. I'll likely be doing that soon, because I think we'll be playing this for a while.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2003
This is a great game for the preschool-2nd grade age group. The object is to build the most color-coded snakes . There are two rainbow wild cards in the deck that allow kids to help them complete any snake. The other element of the game is having head and tail cards in your hand to complete the snake. This is good for younger kids because it teacher color recognition and older kids learn strategy skills. My sons are 4 and 7 and they've always enjoyed playing this game together. They have introduced it to friends who come over and they always enjoy it. I highly recommend.
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