Swish Jr. Review (ThinkFun)

What It Is

Swish, the fast-paced game where you flip, rotate, and stack cards, is now available for younger players with Swish Jr. Each transparent card has solid shapes and outlined shapes on it. The object is to collect cards by making Swishes, and the player with the most cards at the end wins. A Swish is made when two or more cards are stacked on top of each other so that the solid shapes fill in the matching shape and color outlines. In order to make a Swish, the cards may be rotated and flipped but must lay on top of each other in the same direction so that the blue borders on the cards line up.

The dealer shuffles the cards and lays out 12 cards in three rows of four. This is the "board". The remaining cards are set aside as the draw pile. When the dealer yells "Go!", players look at the board to find a Swish without touching the cards. A player calls "Swish!" as soon as he identifies one. When this happens, all players must pause while the player who called it selects the cards and layers them on top of one another. If a Swish is valid, the player collects those cards. If the Swish isn't valid, the player must discard a single card from his score pile. (If the player has no cards yet, there is no penalty.) Using cards from the draw pile, replace the collected cards with new cards and resume the game.

When the draw pile is empty and no more Swishes can be made with the cards on the board, the game is over. Players count the cards in their own score piles. Each card is worth one point. The player with the most cards is the winner.

The game comes with 42 transparent Swish Jr. cards, a game-go bag, and instructions. It is for two or more players.

Is It Fun?

The cards in Swish Jr. are designed to make it easier for younger kids to find Swishes than in the original game. That's not to say that Swish Jr. isn't challenging. This is still a game with a bit of a learning curve. It might be easy to see two-card Swishes, but it may take some time and practice for kids to put together three-card, four-card, or other multiple-card Swishes. The fast-paced nature of the game adds to the challenge. Once you get the hang of it, it is really fun to play.

Who It’s For

Swish Jr. is for ages 5 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

It's best to play on a light-colored surface so that you can easily see the shapes on the transparent cards.

  • Fun

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy