Sleeping Queens
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166 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Santa brought this for my nearly 7 year old daugther, and it was her favourite toy, and you know how kids can be drowned in toys at Xmas. Her 4 year old brother is still to young to play it, but he likes to play on mom's "team" and play all the "good cards" out of mom's hand. It is great for a family that has little prince and princesses in their house. Mom enjoys the fact that there is a bit of math involved and is still is very fun. What amazed me was the fact that a non-electronic toy holds their attention for so long. The kids even chase each other around the house with knight/dragon or spell/wand king/queen cards acting out pretend play. I think another reason why this game is so popular in our house is that there is one-on-one time with Mom - I use it as "bribery/incentive" for many occasions...."clean up your toys, make your bed, help your brother, be brave in swimming lessons... and mom will play sleeping queens with you!"

This toy has paid iteself back 10 fold. I would highly reccomend this card game. Another card game, Rat-a-tat-cat was also a winner in this house too.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 11, 2011
I love everything about this game. The cards are colorful and durable. The game is easy enough for kids to follow, but interesting enough to entertain adults as well. We first saw this at a game night at school. What attracted me to it then is that it didn't have all the electronic bells and whistles of some of the other games, and it looked like it would travel well.

Here is how you play: There are 12 Queen cards. Each Queen is worth a different point value. You spread out all the Queen cards face down (so that they are sleeping). Then you take the rest of the deck and deal out 5 cards per person. The remaining cards are placed face down into the draw pile. On your turn you must choose from the cards in your hand and decide which action to take.
There are 3 different "Action" cards. The King card can be used to wake a Sleeping Queen and place it face up in front of you. A Knight Card can be played to capture someone else's Queen. Or a Sleeping Potion Card will put someone else's Queen back to sleep (meaning they lose their Queen and must put her face down back in with the other Sleeping Queens).
There are also "Defense" Cards. A Dragon card will prevent a Knight from stealing a Queen. A Magic Wand card will block against the Sleeping Potion. There are also number cards that don't really have any value and can be traded/discarded for better cards if you have no other options.
There are a few other rules and options, but that is the general gist of the game. The Object of the game can vary as well. You can either play by tallying points (the one with the most points wins), or you can play by tallying Queens (the one with the most Queens once the Queens are all awakened).

Each game takes maybe 20 minutes, so not too long for little ones to lose interest.

I love that this game was invented by a 6 year old! I will say that if you have the instructions, you could recreate this game with a regular deck of cards. But you'd miss out on the beautiful illustrations and funny names of the Kings and Queens (characters like "Pancake Queen" and "Tie-Dye King"). Love this game, and so happy we took a chance on it.
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143 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2007
This is one of the funnest card games - we are hooked! It seems that every time we have a moment it is playing sleeping queens. The only problem we have found is that in playing with more than 3 people it ends up that no one can win and still play by the rules of the game. There needed to be more cards - 3 or 2 people playing it works great - add more than 3 and you end up in a fix. We do enjoy this game. The other thing is in just a few weeks we have worn the cards out - maybe if the materials used did not scar so easily. It is not that we are not taking care of the cards it is just that they start to lose the print around the edges on the tops so then you can start to identify cards. Otherwise, again I say we really have a lot of fun playing this game.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
What I mean by that is that some people will look at this game and consider it the stupidest thing ever. Others, such as myself, will love it. I think the crazier you are, the more you will enjoy it. It only gets a 3 star duribility rating because the cards don't stay in mint condition very long, but they'll still be playable.

Game play is relatively simple after you learn it. It's kind of tricky at first to remember what each card does, but after a few games you'll get it. The object is to collect queens. Each queen has a number of points ranging anywhere from 5 to 20. You're trying to get to a certain number of points or queens and the number changes depending on how many people are playing. If you run out of queens before someone reaches the magic number then whoever has the most points wins. Certain queens have special powers: the Rose Queen, while only worth the minimum 5 points, allows you to draw an extra queen whenever you wake her up. The Cat Queen and the Dog Queen are worth 15 points each, but cannot be possesed by the same player at once. If you draw one, but already have the other, you put it back and your turn is over. To wake up a queen, you simply have to play a king card. A knight card allows you to steal a queen from an opponent but can be blocked if your victim has a dragon card. The sleeping potion card allows you to put a queen back to sleep and can be blocked by a magic wand card. You use the number cards to get more cards, either by making addition facts or by playing matching pairs. That's what makes the game educational. Anyway, that's how the game is played, but if you're creative enough you can invent other games, or go through the deck and name all the kings, queens, knights, and dragons as Brooke (I'm Anne) and I have. (Like I said the crazier you are, the more enjoyment you will get.) If the whimsicality sounds too out there for you, don't buy it.

This game is great for little kids, which makes sense because a 6-year-old made it up. Unlike most card games, a 5-year-old can play without being on someone's team or having someone older come read over their shoulder every turn, assuming they know how to add on thier fingers. If you are playing with someone that young, be prepared to ask questions like "Do you have a dragon card?" Or answer questions such as "What does this card do?" For older people (anyone over 10): You will only get the most out of Sleeping Queens if you're willing to make a total moron of yourself while playing. For example, Brooke has gotten into the habbit of calling me Fungor when we play. When I play with the little kids in my neighborhood we always yell "OH NO YOU DI-INT!" whenever we can stop someone from stealing a queen or putting one back to sleep. If we can't, we'll scowl at our attacker, and say "You win this round" in an overly dramatic fashion as we hand over the queen. If this sounds like fun to you and you know other crazy people who will play with you, buy this game and knock yourself out. Personally I consider a mundane game of Sleeping Queens to be flat out boring, but if that's more you're style, that's fine too. I've given you my opinion, it's all up to you now.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2006
I bought this card game as a good travel game, and also because of the theme! However, before I could even read the directions, my boys 8 and 6 grabbed the deck, picked out their "favorite" queens, married them off to their favorite kings, and began acting out voices, characters, and battle scenes! They had a fit when I asked them to put the cards away(now all over the house in strategic positions). Great story of the little girl who "dreamed" the game up with her family! We should all do more of that! I'm buying more for Christmas gifts for all the cousins - mostly boys!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2006
We bought this for our then 4-year-old - and at age 6 it's still his favorite game, and one of ours too. The aunts and uncles even ask to play it when they visit. The cards are fun and colorful, the game is fast and is even educational in that it helps teach them math and strategy, without having to know how to read. Lot's of competition over stealing the favorite queens as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
It's a favorite with not just my nieces and nephews of all ages (4 to 13, so far), but the adults as well, and the four-year old has quickly become capable of playing by herself. She knows how to use the attack cards, and delights in slapping down a wand or dragon to thwart attacks on her own queens. She has learned about risk by using the jester cards. She can easily count the symbols on the cards to do addition.
The older kids use multiplication and division as well as addition and subtraction, and have recently added algebraic equations (such as 3+4 = 6+1 ) which thrilled the 7 year old and 4 year old, and really helps them understand that the equal sign means the two sides of the equation are equivalent, not that one side is necessarily the "problem" and the other side is the "answer."
They love the challenge of trying to make longer equations so they can trade for more cards.

I even have one niece who HATES math and she loves Sleeping Queens.

Each game plays out differently, so it's never predictable or boring.

Despite what one review said, we have no trouble playing with four people. In fact, our most thrilling finish was just the other day, when four people were down to the wire, all queens in play, my nephew way ahead on points. As each person made their play, fortunes changed drastically and excitement grew. I finally got a knight and thought I'd steal the Rose Queen to put my total at 50 points for the win, but my niece put a queen back to sleep and my nephew re-awakened her with a king, bringing his total to 5 queens, and all was lost.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
This game is a lot of fun and is a frequent choice for our family game night. Gamewright is very, very good at designing games that are enjoyable for a wide age-range. Sleeping Queens is mostly luck, but with just the right amount of skill/strategy for younger players (our 6 yr. old loves to consider each move carefully). The cards are attractive and the 'hook' is appealing. The instructions are clear, if slightly more complex than the average kiddy game. However, after one or two hands, the kids caught on. It's a fun enough game that I don't groan inwardly when my kids ask to play 'just one more hand' even if we've already played for half an hour or more. I do wish that Gamewright would use sturdier materials -- the cards show wear pretty quickly -- or provide replacement pieces for a reasonable cost. Because we play this so frequently and enjoy it so much, I'm giving it 5 stars despite the durability issue. Highly recommended!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2006
My little brother got this in his Christmas stocking, and we tried playing it the next day. The instructions seemed complicated at first, but we figured them out pretty easily and had fun. The kings and queens are very cute, and it's kind of fun to think up complicated math equations using more than three cards. I also like how the six year old girl and her family made up this game. I don't really know what ages it's for, since Amazon's reccommended age is 8-14. I'm almost 12, so I'm right in the middle, but it still seemed a little like it would be better for younger kids. Anyway, Sleeping Queens is very cute, fast, and fun, and I would reccommend it to families who are tired of all the basic card games.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
I purchased this game for two reasons: my family has had great experiences with a couple of other GameWright card games and because Sleeping Queens has an overwhelming amount of five-star reviews here on Amazon. So I figured this would be another great game to add to our arsenal of card games.

I was disappointed, however. Considering how complex the rules of the game are, once you get the hang of the rules and start playing, the game is surprisingly boring, even for the kids.

I think this is because there are way too many number cards, which tend to make the game monotonous with little strategic value, except for the educational aspect of teaching kids to recognize equations in their hand of cards. On the other hand, there are far too little "action cards" in the deck, such as knights or potions, which means there is little risk or edge-of-your seat excitement to the game as it hardly involves any defense or offense. As a result it's surprisingly simple for one player to reach the goal of collecting five queens with minimal intervention on behalf of the other players. Not sure what it's like for anything more than three players, but this is the conclusion my other two players and I have come to.

Now, I wouldn't be a good reviewer if I only focused on the negative, so here are the positive points about this game:

Excellent card quality and glossy finish, which makes them easy to shuffle. Nice, colorful art, and it comes in a sturdy, attractive box. And as I mentioned earlier, it's also good that it gives kids some practice in recognizing simple addition equations in their card distribution.
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