Even Steven’s Odd Review

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Even Steven’s Odd is a game designed by Mary Jo Reutter, published by Educational Insights. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be rolling dice as fast as they can to earn challenge cards. The player that can complete the challenges the fastest and earn the most cards will be declared the winner.

To begin, each player chooses a color and receives a dice holder and 3 dice of their chosen color. They will also receive an additional 3 white dice as well. Players will decide which level of play they would like to use from easy to difficult. If using the easy level, the difficult cards without a star in the upper right corner are removed from the deck. The cards are then shuffled and placed face down in the center of the play area. The Even Steven figure is also placed within easy reach of all players. Play now begins.

The game is quite simple. A player is chosen to flip over the top card of the deck. They will then read aloud the requirements to complete the challenge card. That player then says “GO” and each player will race to roll and re-roll their dice as fast as possible in an attempt to fulfill the goal. Each player must completely place each die in their dice holder in the correct order as determined by the card. For example, a card might require only sixes be rolled. Likewise, a card could ask for a straight from 1 to 6 be rolled. Whatever the case, the player must have their dice in the correct order and in their dice holder. Once that task has been accomplished the player must grab the Even Steven figure. If the player has correctly arranged their dice, they will win the challenge card. A new card is drawn and players will race to complete the next challenge. This continues until 10 rounds have been completed. The player with the most cards at that point is the winner.

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COMPONENTS
This is a rather cute and fun looking dice game. There are enough dice for 4 players. There are 12 white ones and 12 colored dice that are divided into groups of 3. These are some really good quality dice and I love the colors. There are 4 colored dice holders that are thick cardboard and hold the dice in place really well. The challenge cards are really good quality as well. Even with a lack of art on them, they are still really nice. The Even Steven figure is really cute and fun. I really love the look of it and so does my daughter. All total, these are some really great quality components.
9 out of 10

RULEBOOK
There is no actual rulebook for this game. The rules are printed on the inside of the box cover. However, there are still pictures and examples included. Everything is in color even. Everything is explained really well and there will be no difficulty understanding how to play. I like that paper was saved in printing the rules. I also like the example picture for placing the dice. That’s really good to show how each die should be placed. All in all, I’m very pleased with the results of the rules.
9 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
This is a really cute and fun game. I like games of dice rolling and this one doesn’t disappoint. This game reminds me a lot of the game Roll for It. The competitive dice rolling is really fun and the little Steven figure is really cute. My daughter loves rolling dice and this was one that even she could play. Using the easier cards, she was able to complete the challenges just like the rest of us. The more difficult cards are even fun for older players that need more of a challenge. Regardless of how you play, it’s fun. There is quite a bit of luck to the game but the game is still fun regardless. We really loved playing this game and look forward to playing more of it.
9 out of 10

OVERALL
Even Steven’s Odd is a light game of fast dice rolling fun. It takes about 15 minutes or so to play. It’s lots of fun and is kid friendly. The two difficulty levels make it challenging for any age. The components are really high quality and very sturdy. Much like the game Roll for It, this game is great for fans of dice rolling games. We all really enjoyed playing this one. I would definitely recommend this game. It’s full of fast and furious fun. It will improve recognition skills as well as promoting your kid’s math skills. I’m sure that your kids will enjoy it as much as mine do.
9 out of 10

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For more information about this and other great games, please check out Educational Insights at their site.

http://educationalinsights.com

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About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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