Crazier Eights: Camelot
Crazier Eights is Uno if Uno was designed for Magic players. In fact, the designer, James Wallace Gray, is a local Magic player, based in the San Fransisco Bay Area, who regularly stops in at the store. Though originally published in 2014, this new version of Crazier Eights, Camelot, updates the art and look of the cards to make a truly impressive game. While the game was only launched last year, some stores, including ours, have received a limited release. Though this release includes some promo cards, only the basic game will be examined for the purposes of the review.
The Camelot deck consists of 52 unique cards, which can support up to 4 players. Shuffling an additional deck in allows 4 more players to play. The rules are simple: Each turn, players draw, play, and discard one card each. The first player to have 0 cards left wins. Although this sounds remarkably similar to Uno, the key thing that sets Crazier Eights apart is the cards themselves. The game has two basic types of cards: Assets and Events. Events go to the bottom of the discard pile after being played. Meanwhile, Assets stay in play and affect the game. Each card has a unique ability, from causing players to be able to discard additional cards to outright winning the game.
Crazier Eights: Camelot is great for its brevity. Most 2-4 player games don’t last long, with intense games only lasting to 20 minutes The game manages to pack the politics of Commander into less than half an hour of explosive fun. Cards fly, alliances are forged and shattered, and at the end of the day, there is only one King in Camelot.
If anything, the only complaint we have over Camelot is that the game can stall out. The last 5 minutes of a 20 minute game turning into a drawn-out anticlimax rather than a tense battle of wits. Beyond this small issue, Crazier Eights shines as a quick, solid gameplay experience.
Our Review: 9 / 10
For any Magic player looking to wet their feet in collecting board games, Crazier Eights is a wonderful choice. The new Camelot edition has updated the art of the original, making Camelot the definitive version for new players. Players who enjoy political games, such as Galactica or Waterdeep, will be glad to know that this lightweight game carries similar amounts of backstabbing fun. Overall, most board gamers will find Camelot a worthy addition to their growing collections.
Crazier Eights is demoing in-store at our Santa Clara location on November 11 at 2:00 PM.