Pyramix is a game by Tim Roediger, published by Gamewright. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be trying to acquire the most points by removing cubes from a pyramid stack to acheive the most of each particular color as well as the most points. The player that can best manipulate the cubes and collect the most points will be declared the winner.
To begin, all of the cubes should be randomly placed into the base tray to form a pyramid. For the first game, this is pretty much already done for you. The first player is then chosen and play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they will remove a single cube from the pyramid and add it to a pile in front of them. A cube may only be removed if 2 or 3 faces of the cube are visible. Once removed, it may not be placed back onto the pyramid. When a cube is removed it may cause the cubes either beside it or above it to slide down creating new cubes to become availabe to remove. A cube may not be removed if it permanetly exposes the red plastic base or if it touches a cobra cube that is visible. Cobras count as 0 points but sometimes these cubes are worth taking to be able to expose other cubes for future turns. Once a player has chosen their cube and removed it, play passes to the next player. Players continue taking cubes from the stack until only the base layer of cubes that touch the red plastic tray remain. Scoring then takes place.
Scoring is dealt with in a couple of ways. First off, any cobra cubes that remain in the plastic tray are removed along with any cubes that are adjacent to them. Players then sort their cubes by color, comparing them to the other player’s cubes. The player that has the most ankh cubes of a particular color are then able to collect any cubes of the same color that remain in the base tray. This is done for all 4 colors of ankh cubes. Players then add up the point values for each of their cubes. Ankhs score 1 point, cranes score 3 points and Eyes score 3. Players add up their points and the player with the most points wins.
This game consists of a red plastic tray and a whole bunch of dice sized cubes. The tray is nice and sturdy and holds the cubes very nicely. The cubes all have a sand colored background with 1 of several different icons in 1 of 4 different colors on each side. There are ankhs, cranes, eyes that each come in orange, green, blue and purple. There are also the red cobras as well. The icons have a really nice egyptian hieroglyphic look and feel to them. The cubes are all about the size of a large die. I really like the way the game looks. I’m very intrigued by all things Egyptian so for me the theme of the game is very intriguing and the game bears that theme quite well. Everything is really sturdy and as I’ve stated earlier, is really great looking.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this game consists of a long brightly colored sheet of paper that has been folded into a triangle. It has English on one side and Spanish on the other. There are several pictures and examples on the rules sheet. There is even a very nice example of how scoring works included with pictures. There’s not really very much to it, but it is very easy to read and understand. I’m very pleased with both the look and the feel of the rules.
8 out of 10
The game is quite thought provoking and entertaining. It’s is definitely one that will make you scratch your head as you try to plan out your next move. Many times I found myself trying to think 4, 5 or even 6 steps ahead. This is definitely a very great game for those analytical thinkers like myself. I really enjoyed the game. There’s actually quite a lot of strategy involved in it, however even the best strategies can be destroyed by a random player. It’s fun for all ages. You don’t have to sit and over think every move unless you just really want to. One good option I found is that if players take too long, you might want to give them a time limit. It’s great if you want to really think each move through and it’s great if you want a quick fast paced random game. I really would have liked to see a solo version of the rules included as this just looks like something that could be a great single player game as you try to beat a high score or something. For me, I like the game and found it to be interesting and quite unique both in visual presentation and in game mechanics. Overall, it’s very fun and simple to boot.
8 out of 10
Pyramix is a light weight game of choosing cubes from an always changing stack. It’s really simple to learn and play. It’s one that almost anyone can play fairly easily whether you want a long thought provoking game or a fast paced cube grabbing one. Depending on your players will determine the length of the game. Most sessions last around 15 minutes. The look of the game have a great Egyptian Hieroglyphic style feel that I love. The components are really good quality and are very sturdy. There’s actually quite a bit of strategy so fans of those types of games should really enjoy this one. I’d think that Mah Jongg players might even be interested in it as well. It’s also a great family game that can be played rather quickly. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to other players. It’s quite a unique game that I feel everyone will enjoy.
8 out of 10
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