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Cypher: Innovative Math Learning Card Game
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- Much more fun than flash cards!
- Innovative new math game for kids. 5-15 minute rounds.
- Win cards by correctly answering math equations. Player with the most cards at the end wins the game. Each round is different. Children stay excited to continue learning basic math.
- Easy to learn and is adaptable to different children's abilities. Perfect for 3-6 players, Ages 6+. Operations in the game include addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- Includes 55 cards high quality per deck. 44 Number Cards. 9 Operation Cards, 2 Times Table Cards, and Instructions
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Cypher is a fast-paced math game for both children and adults. 5-15 minute rounds. The object of the game is to win the most cards. Includes 55 cards high quality per deck. 44 Number Cards. 9 Operation Cards, 2 Times Table Cards, and Instructions. A great supplement or alternative to flash cards.
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SETUP: Decide how many of the math properties cards you will use (3 cards of each for add, subtract, and multiply), shuffle these in with numbered cards (44) and you're ready to go. I typically will use 1 addition, 2 subtraction, and 2 multiplication cards, as I find using all 9 changes things way too much, and since you start on addition, I use one less addition card. But if you really want to keep everyone on their toes, then throw in all 9 math properties cards and go to town!
GAMEPLAY: Super simple (and fun). On your turn, draw one card face up and place it on your face up pile (you may have no cards there, depending). This continues in clockwise fashion, until 2 people have matching colors. When this happens, the first of the two players to shout out the answer to the equation gets the other player's card and places it face down in his/her score pile. But watch out! Doing so may create a 'cascade,' as the underlying card may create a new match, and so on.
There are 4 colors - red, blue, green, and yellow - and number 1-11 for each color, making 44 total numbered cards.
I find the game plays best with 3 or 4 players.
ART & QUALITY: For it's price the quality is definitely decent. You get 56 cards in a tuckbox (also comes with Multiplication chart cards 12x12 for reference). The cards themselves are minimal in design, but that serves to make reading the numbers as simple as possible; in other words you don't want a lot on them, except for bright color and a large, easy to read number. (A mild complaint: a few students commented how the 9's and 6's look similar, even though there is a line under them). Time will tell how long the cards will last/hold up, but then it's just a matter of buying a new deck!
OVERALL: For a game to be such a good educational tool, Cypher fires well on all cylinders. I'd say the best ages for this game are somewhere from 7-13. It plays fast, is simple to learn, and encourages fun competition while teaching necessary math properties and skills. I highly recommend this for kids learning, and especially in a school setting. Who says learning can't be fun, right?
A side note: it says it is for three or more players, and with the stock ruleset that is accurate. We've tried playing with two people, and it isn't nearly as fun... unless you mix things up a bit. If you have each of the two players make two piles, so that it is like you have four players instead, it can work out better.