Dutch Blitz

Game Summary: The classic Pennsylvania Dutch playing card game, very similar to multiple-person solitaire. More fun than a barn-raising!

Price Range: $15
Age Range: 8+
No. of Players: 2-4
Time to Learn: 10 minutes
Time to Setup: 5 minutes
Reading Skills Needed: NO
Playtime: 15-20 minutes
Game Rating: *****
Game Review: You know, I just realized that this is a very difficult game to describe. If you have ever played multiple-player hands of solitaire, you have some idea of how this card game works. Basically your goal is to “go out” before the other players by having played all of the cards in your Blitz Pile. To do this, you stack cards on your own three Post Piles, as well as on the communal Dutch piles in the center of the table. When one player wins a round, the scoring begins — you get credit for cards you placed in the Dutch piles, but are assessed penalty points for any cards left in your Blitz Pile. The first player to get 75 points wins the game. Well believe it or not, this is one of the most addictive card games we have ever played! It’s fast-paced and can be alternately exhilarating, or frustrating! Even children can be taught this game, and my two kids have both played it with great enjoyment. The only negative here is that there is only one official version of the Dutch card game, and the cards themselves are rather flimsy and difficult to shuffle. If you play as voraciously as some, you will find yourself actually wearing out the card deck! But other than that, this is a wonderful card game that quickly becomes addictive. Soon everyone will be shouting, “Just one more hand of Dutch Blitz”!!!

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