Guest Author - Lynn Little
Ages 7 to adult
Players 2 - 4
Playing Time 20 minutes
Jackpot is a board game that combines the game elements of golf with matching. Jackpot features a colorful board in the shape of a casino slot machine. Game play is easy to understand and can be a lot of fun for kids and adults. Those people who love puzzle games will be most interested in Jackpot.
Players take turns placing a fruit marker onto the board. One square will be left blank. Each player gets 10 Jackpot cards. The rest of the cards are placed facedown and become the discard pile. Place your cards in a pile facedown in front of you. This will become your draw pile. Your starting hand consists of three cards from your draw pile. Each time you discard a card, you draw another one.
At any time you see your pattern on the board, you can yell out "Jackpot!" Play stops and the Jackpot is verified. If is it not a valid Jackpot, then that player must draw a card from the discard pile.
Players take turns moving pieces around, trying to match patterns on their cards. Players roll a die to determine how many moves they can move without being penalized. When players take too many moves, they are over par. If they come in under their allowed moves, then they are under par. When over par, they must draw cards from the discard pile. If they are under par, then they can discard that many cards from their hand to the discard pile. The winner of the game is the first person to get rid of all their cards in their hand.
Jackpot combines the fun of puzzle games and mixes it with Bingo and Golf. Because of the different game elements, Jackpot has something to offer to everyone. Puzzle lovers will enjoy making matches in as few moves as possible while Bingo enthusiasts will enjoy watching the board intently on other player's turns for a match for their cards.
Jackpot would be a fun game for family game night simply because it is easy to catch onto and has a simple way to win the game. Even the younger family members will enjoy planning out their moves to come under par and make a match.
Jackpot is from game maker Briarpatch.