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Concept is excellent, materials are cheap
on November 18, 2012
The concept of the game itself is brilliant. Similar to chess, it forces a player to think multiple steps in advance of what their current move is, and adapt as the adversary deploys their pieces. Once of the challenges is learning what makes for good and strong opening moves and that will come with time. I would also note that I purchased the Android software version of this game as well, and when flying to and from work, many of my fellow passengers have enquired to what it is that I'm playing and how it works.
Okay, that's the good part.
The bad fits into two categories: What was actually shipped and how it was shipped, and the quality of the game pieces themselves.
First, the game was shipped in a box that didn't properly fit the game itself. It was wedged in somewhat diagonally, and as a result, the box was crushed when it arrived at my door. The game box itself was damaged but fortunately the pieces and the board itself survied the journey.
This was listed as a purchase of the game plus Eye of Horus Beam Splitter with free storage bag. I was contacted by the shipper and asked if I wanted to wait till both components were available, or ship them separately. I chose to accept two stage shipping. Both components arrived, but no storage bag for the two "eye of horus" pieces... and there's no where inside the original game box to store them.
Second, the pieces are pretty light and flimsy. You can feel the mirrors rattle around inside most of the playing pieces. I honestly wouldn't mind paying twice the price for the product if it were manufactured to a higher degree of quality.
So in short, despite what I've written, I would recommend this as a purchase. If you handle it carefully, it should last okay, and most assuredly the game itself is challenging and intriguing enough to keep people of all ages interested and engaged. Just don't play it with cats around... long story, but folks sell laser bearm cat toys for a reason. LOL
I'd love to see them come out with a professional version of the game, with higher quality, weighted and solid playing pieces. I see this no different than a chess set... you can buy cheap, plastic sets, or you can spend more money on a set that you would proudly display on a table in your study or game room. I'd love to see a higher quality edition offered for sale.