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Linkage: A DNA Card Game

4.2 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • For 2-4 Players
  • 10 minute playing time
  • Hand management game with some take-that and push your luck
  • Simple set of rules for new players and an advanced set for more experienced gamers
  • Fast-paced and competitive card game with play based accurately on the GENETICS of DNA copying in biology
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

In Linkage, each player links RNA cards side by side to build their own RNA strand, attempting to copy the shared DNA Template. Players must choose between BUILDING on their own RNA strand, REPAIRING their RNA strand, or Mutating an opposing strand. Players earn points based upon how accurately their RNA strands match the DNA Template.

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Product Dimensions 5 x 3.7 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00NAEO482
Item model number GOT1001
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #108,573 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,485 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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My lab got this game for our advisor for a Christmas present, and we enjoyed the test rounds that we played before making the final decision to give it to her. I really enjoyed how the game subtly taught several concepts about RNA, DNA, base pairing, and stability:

- It helps to teach both the canonical DNA and RNA bases, but also uses card coloring to help explain the correct base pairs without blatantly spelling it out on the cards.
- the scoring method (specifically, the bonus points for having a long sequence of correct base pairs ) helps to teach stand binding stability and the disadvantages of base mismatches without ever directly alluding to it, which is a nice touch.

All in all, I found it to be a fun edutainment type game, which some would consider to be an oxymoron. However, Linkage feels like it could stand alone as either a teaching aid or a game in of itself, and so it gets my vote!
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I ordered Linkage on Amazon after hearing about the Kickstarter campaign. I don’t play too many games but I was pretty excited about it because I think the idea of science themed games is fascinating. To start, the graphic design and artwork are fabulous! (And I am a graphics designer by trade) I read through the rules, and it seemed fairly straight forward. We did have to reference the rulebook a few times while playing but any questions we had were pretty easy to find answers to. The best part about the game in my opinion was how accurately it matched the Genetics concepts it was designed around (DNA Transcription I believe it is called). I didn’t really notice that I was learning anything, but after being questioned about my genetics knowledge, I realized I had gained a few bits of genetics information that I was previously without! Overall it was a fun little card game that is simple yet packs a competitive punch, with a cool theme. I recommend Linkage!
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I am a Biology/Biotechnology student and really enjoyed this game. It is very quick once you get the rules down, which only took a couple games through. By quick I mean 5 min per game. I got it for christmas and played it with my mom who is in her late sixties; it was simple enough for her to just pick it up and play. They did a great job making sure that people who don't know the pairing G-C and A-T( or A-U) can still play. The fun part is obviously not making your complimentary RNA strand, that would be mind-numbing, but when you mutate your opponents RNA strand or even steal one of their nucleotides. This hinders their ability to earn points and beat you. I loved it so much I told two of my biology professors who also ordered their own games for possible use in the classroom when they teach General Biology 1 and cover the "Central Dogma". I look forward to seeing this companies protein game Peptide!
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Linkage is a great, yet simple little competitive card game, I can't really compare it to anything aside from I guess what you could consider a game of competitive solitaire. You create the template which you then must match with your own personal template, you are scored on correct DNA and RNA combinations as well as runs of cards that match the template that is drawn as the game progresses and from there, using the cards you draw attempt to keep or correct your own DNA template or mess up your opponent/'s template to penalize their end of round score.

Games typically take about 20-30 minutes, and are usually composed of 4-5 rounds per game, therefore rounds last around 5-10 minutes depending on how long until the terminator is drawn, which marks the end of the round.

For the size and price, it's a great buy to bring along on a trip or to just sort of keep in your car in case you find yourself somewhere and want to play a simple game with friends to pass the time, my only complaint is the game feels very simple, the art on the cards is actually quite well done and the box is rather sturdy (despite being kind of tricky to open without fingernails, I cut grooves into the top of my copies case to make it easier to open), I have no problems with the game being cheap or anything like that, I just find myself saying "I wish there was more cards" or, "this game could use an additional mechanic to help mix things up a bit" from time to time.
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I was having high hopes for a game that bills itself as being based on science, but the game play is pretty simple and you don't really learn much about genetics from it. We had a pleasant time with it, so I don't mind the money I spent on it, but it's not a high priority for game night.
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I am a high school biology teacher, and backed this game , as well as the Peptide game on Kickstarter.

I found the game to be so much fun for students as a quick review/reinforcement or a fun way to pass some time if they finish work early that I ordered two more copies when I saw it on Amazon to add to the two (and the prototype) I got from Kickstarter. I also received print and play files, but I really liked the quality of the produced game, and I am happy to support someone making games for bio students that are fun, educational, and don't take hours to play!

Games can be as short as five minutes, mad our longest took about 15, as we got the hang of mutating other people's DNA strands to improve our own. The coloring on the cards makes it easy to figure out pairing rules even if you don't have any prior knowledge. In fact, the rule pamphlet is very thin, meaning the game is easy to learn.

As for the quality, cards are playing card sturdy, with good even color. They are easy to read. I generally have groups of 3-4 play.
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