Linkage: A DNA Card Game
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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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- 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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find myself enjoying this game more and more with each play. It's not the deepest game in the world, but it's thematic/ biology driven design is brilliant and the this game has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mig7
While teaching 4 middle school children about DNA, we played this card game. Both the boys and the girls loved it. Nice way to teach and play at the same time.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S.
I tried it and just felt that it was too easy and didn't see the point of even using it. I teach Biology-was something I won't use.Published 4 months ago by Brenda Roedl
My nephew - a bio-genetics grad student - got a kick out of receiving this game. I look forward to playing it with him... !Published 5 months ago by Liz Nicholson
I expected a little bit more than a deck of cards with some special rules.
Don't get me wrong, I do like the game. Read more
My grandson is very happy with it.So much so, that I am about to send him the chemistry game!Published 9 months ago by Frances Burton
This was a game that I used with my freshman biology class. The students loved it! Although the rules seemed a little confusing at first, we simplified things by leaving out some... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carol S.