This game is loosely themed on Robin Hood. In it you are trying to collect items to present to the Sheriff and receive victory points in exchange. The game plays well for anywhere from three to seven players and can be played in anywhere from half an hour to an hour. As far as the cards you collect to earn points this game has an aspect of rummy involved in that they are similar to melds, but that is where the similiarities end.
To score in the game you can exchange anywhere from three to five cards of the same item, or you can match one of the goals on the 8 goal cards in the game. In reality there are only four goal cards but each goal has two cards with that goal printed on it. When you complete a set or a goal you discard cards used in that accomplishment. Any time cards are discarded in this manner the “sheriff” piece moves. When the sheriff reaches the end of the board or all the goal cards are used the game ends. Okay, so how do you get cards to get cards to complete these sets and goals to get victory points?
Each player starts with three cards in their hand. Then on your turn you turn the top card in the draw deck face up. You will notice the card has both an item on it, and directions. You have the option of taking the card to add to your collection or to do the action on the card which will also involve as least one of your opponents. In general there actions on the cards give you options to steal or exchange cards with opponents. There is also one which will allow you to draw an “ambush card”. With an ambush card it will show the color of one of your opponents. The next time they try to cash in a set or goal you can stop them with that card.
Collecting cards to meet different goals is not as easy as you might believe. Remember, everyone in the game will see the cards you collect since they must be shown face up first. Again, remember though that each time someone turns in a set or goal the sheriff moves making the end of the game closer. There is also a bonus if your player is on a lower scoring marker than the sheriff piece to try to keep the game well balanced.
In reality this is another one of those games that is great for people that don’t want to play games with complicated rules that take a long time to learn. Serious gamers most likely will get bored with this game quickly. Casual gamers might enjoy it, especially if they enjoy rummy but want a bit of a twist to the game. At close to $20 I will have to just rate this game in the middle of the pack and give it a rating of five out of ten.