The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine
Discover the answer to this question: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Whats?
"It’s a cooperative trick-taking game, sort of like Bridge or Hearts, but better. DIfferent players are assigned different cards to pick up for the team to win. It took me a couple rounds to get the basic strategy. It’s probably a better game for older kids and adults who like logical thinking and planning three to four movies ahead. Once you get into the swing of things, it is challenging but very doable."
"In the beginning I had no idea what was going on. I was just sitting there. I wasn’t informed about the game whatsoever, partly because I wasn’t listening. In my mind, I was in an epic light saber duel with Lord Palpatine while they were explaining the rules. But after two or three rounds, I caught on, and I liked it! This goes to show that even if you have some attention-paying problems, you can still succeed in life."
"I grew up playing trick-taking card games, and this may very well be the best one. Each game only takes a few minutes to play, but there are 50 distinct and progressively challenging missions, and I feel compelled to do all of them. There is a story thread that ties all the missions together. Something about searching for a new ninth planet now that Pluto has been downgraded. The story is tangential to the game, at best, and distracting at worst. Of course, if the game had no theme, we probably wouldn’t have bought it in the first place, so I will stop complaining."
"I really like it, but it leaves me longing for the mindless days of Euchre. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to ensure that a certain trick is taken by a certain player. After 15 games, we are still searching for strategies that deliver consistent results or ways to look at the assigned task and predict if it will be an easy win or not."