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Somewhat disappointed - card dispenser jams
on December 20, 2011
I am a ThinkFun fan. I am collecting all their games. When this one was on sale a couple days ago, I immediately ordered it. But after first play I am disappointed. I seldom write any review but I feel I need to put something on this one. My major complaint about this is the card dispenser. It jammed during the very first round of play. And even the on button could not solve the issue. I have to open it and close it again to make it work. This is unacceptable for a fast matching game. When the dispenser works, sometimes the cards are dispensed unevenly. I mean some cards pop out more while others pop out less so it's hard to see.
The other issue is the rule of the game. This is a fast matching game. The round cards are dispensed by the dispenser. The players have to find a match from the round card to the square cards in their hands. Once you find a match, according to the instruction, you need to put both matching cards on the table. Here is the problem, when first card pops out the dispenser, players find a match. Then the people who find the match needs to take the card. When you take the card out the dispenser, the second card pops out immediately. But the first player who find a match needs to put both matching cards face up on the table in order to show others there is a match, and this takes time. This means he/she automatically lose the second card matching chance. If there are more than 3 players, this may not be a problem but for only two players, it makes you feel like you are not competing but playing by taking turns.
For drawing new cards, the instruction is not clear. It says at the beginning, each player gets 6 square cards. But it does not say when to draw new cards. To my understanding, when you draw new card, you may lose one opportunity.