On The Dot (Durchblick): a skill game with a different flare

About a week ago we broke into the skill games.  Skill games are a category that previously didn’t get a lot of love in my house.  But we have a close friend that loves them, so they have been seeing the light of day more and more.

We picked out a small tin that we had actually never given a try before.  We acquired the game in a large lot off of Ebay, and while other gems from the set got played, it sadly got tagged and went in the closet.

The game in question was German, but we were able to translate it to ‘On The Dot’.  After a quick read through of the rules, we were on our way.

The red boardered translucent cards are stacked on top of one another in an effort to recreate the pattern of dots on the card.

On The Dot is a game that requires lots of speed, and quick thinking in terms of spacial recognition.  Two things that I am really bad at.  Players flip over a card that shows a grouping of colored dots.  Players then use their set of four translucent plastic dotted cards and try to recreate the pattern.  The first player to accomplish this gets the card and the points associated with it.  The game ends when a predetermined point value is reached.

I’ll certainly give the game points for being challenging and moderately unique.  Sure there are lots of speed games, and there are lots of spacial relationship games, but it’s rare to see the two combined.

A handful of different card patterns you may be asked to recreate.

The game does have its downfalls.  For example, you will occasionally have very hard ones that are only worth a single point.  The flip side can also be said.  We once flipped a three point card (the highest point card) and it only required the quickest player to throw out one of their cards. This discrepancy in the difficulty to score ratio is a bit of a drag, but overall the game is entertaining regardless.

It’s not my favorite game.  I’m not itching to play it again.  But it’s not bad, and I would play it again if asked.  They can’t all be winners, but this game is not a loser either.

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