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Board GameTranquility Review
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Posted: 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Tranquility is a silent cooperative card game where you fill in the sea with a grid of Island cards. The challenge comes from having to play cards into the grid in sequence and not being able to talk to each other to coordinate. It's a beautiful game that creates a collaborative Solitaire experience with some novel expansions.

You work together to complete a large grid with numbered Island cards in sequential order. In turns, you place the numbered Island cards anywhere on the grid but the incremental order must be preserved. You can skip numbers but this comes at a cost of having to discard cards for each number you skip.

Like The Mind, this is a game with a small number of rules that create different imaginative ways to do well. To play efficiently you need to place cards that work with what other players want to play. However, you aren't allowed to communicate about what you have in any way. If anyone can't play a card (or have two cards to discard) you lose.

As you progress you discover different strategies to help the group have a good chance of winning. For example, it's often better to leave a gap between cards you play so the next player can go in between and then choose which number to discard for. Thereby losing fewer cards.

Once you have grasped the basic concepts and are beating the game regularly you can add special cards into the deck that add elements you have to work around. This extends the seafaring theme and adds more longevity.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Brain Game, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards

Players: 1-5

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. Although this is a simple game to understand, it is a real challenge to properly comprehend. Most people need to play a round or two before it clicks.

The first time you play it's useful to:
  • Play a round where you are allowed to communicate.
  • Try playing cards in a checkerboard pattern.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although young children can enjoy the game, if they place a card inconveniently it can make the team lose. So you need forward planning skills, and also be happy to be the cause of failure.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

No cost data.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Tranquility Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.

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