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    • A game that's easy to pick up and quick to play.
    • Amusing puns about hot beverages.
    • A pocket-sized game that's easy to carry around.
    • A game that's similar to classic card games like Rummy - but with coffee!

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    • It's a game with limited depth.

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    Caffeine Hit Review

    Caffeine Hit Game Review

    Caffeine Hit, made by Ridley's Games, is a card game that embraces humankind's greatest joy in life: becoming caffeinated. Players must collect the most Caffeine Points to win the game and can utilise a few sneaky beverage-related tactics to ensure that other players lose their precious caffeine (a fate worse than death, obviously).

    Free Cup, Anyone?

    Being a pocket-sized card-based game, it's safe to say that Caffeine Hit doesn't take up much room on the shelf. Perhaps because of this, Ridley's Games has made the slightly strange decision to bundle the game with a travel coffee cup emblazoned with the Caffeine Hit logo – which, I have to say, does draw the eye when you're perusing board games in a shop.

    It's also an amusingly obvious marketing tactic: "You there! You like coffee, don't you? Buy this game!" I half-expected the coffee cup to be a storage holder for the game, but as the cards come in their own little box – it really is just a free cup.

     The Game

    At first glance, it would be easy to dismiss Caffeine Hit as a gimmick. However, once you actually start playing, it is surprisingly engaging and funny.

    The cards are split into two types: Drink Cards and Action Cards. Drink Cards represent a wide range of hot beverages, and their points value corresponds to how much caffeine they contain: from the mighty Cold Brew, which awards a whopping 12 points, to the innocent-looking-but-deadly decaf drinks, which have minus points. Action Cards allow you to increase or decrease drinks point scores in various ways to the detriment of your opponents.

    The artwork on the cards is simple but decidedly adorable – who knew they could make cups of tea/coffee look so cute? My particular favourite is the Earl Grey, a smart little teacup wearing a monocle with a handlebar moustache and smoking a pipe, with a speech bubble that says "By Jove!"

    One downside to the cards is that some seem to be slightly mis-printed, with the image not quite in the middle of the card and uneven borders. It doesn't affect play at all (and may be different in other sets, I haven't been able to compare), but it's a little annoying once you've noticed it.

    Each turn, players can choose one of four options:

    • Play Drinks Cards on your own 'Coffee Table'.
    • Play Drinks Cards on an opponent's Coffee Table.
    • Play one Action Card.
    • Discard cards and re-draw.

    Some of the Drinks Cards need to be played in sets to score points, and there are other caveats to navigate – the Cold Brew may be worth 12 points, but if another player places a second Cold Brew on your table it cancels out any points.

    A mini-game within Caffeine Hit is the Espresso Challenge, where players must collect the most espresso beans (which only feature on purple Espresso cards). The player who has the most espresso beans at the end of the game is rewarded with 12 points; all other players receive zero points despite their hard-earned bean gathering.

    It sounds straightforward, but it can be surprisingly difficult to score points, particularly if you don't receive the right number of cards to make a set or if you're the target of Action Cards, which can easily upset the best-laid of plans. If you're really unlucky, your opponents could play a Complimentary Cookie on a decaf drink (doubling the number of negative points), play a Drinks Spill and remove your valuable Espresso or Cold Brew cards, or hide their valuable cards using a To Go Cup, stealing victory right at the end of the game.

    By the end, you'll be cursing those cutesy decaf drinks: "DAMN YOU, DELICIOUS HOT CHOCOLATE!"

    Final Thoughts on Caffeine Hit

    OK, so Caffeine Hit isn't an epic, hardcore, table-engulfing, hours-long, complex game. However, it is a lot of fun, and its design and humour make it worthy of recognition.

    Gameplay is simple enough to pick up really quickly, but it has a level of complexity that keeps play engaging. The variety of drink types and actions (each with their own individual artwork) mean that you can discover new cards every game, and you will have to constantly change your tactics to accommodate a different set of Drinks and Actions.

    The artwork is simple but effective and will amuse children and adults alike (having witnessed Cold Brew aficionados, the personified version looks EXACTLY how I imagined). Also, you get a free travel cup - what more do you want?!

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    • A game that's easy to pick up and quick to play.
    • Amusing puns about hot beverages.
    • A pocket-sized game that's easy to carry around.
    • A game that's similar to classic card games like Rummy - but with coffee!

    Might not like

    • It's a game with limited depth.

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    Always guaranteed sales whatever time of year.... love this shop. One of the very best around!! A++++++

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    I have used Zatu Games for some time now, and have always received first class service from them. There delivery service is excellent and their range of games immense. On the few occasions I have had a query, this has been dealt with quickly and effectively. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Zatu to anyone who is interested in games. They really are high-class!

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    This isn't your normal review, as the item that was sent out to me, a small over the shoulder bag, had a different print on it it to what I ordered (mistakes happen) but .......... I cannot fault the customer service. They were very apologetic, emailed me a free returns label and I had a very quick refund. Very easy to deal with. I would not hesitate to order from them again.

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    Brilliant speedy service every time. Prefer to give my money to a genuine board game company over generic online resellers any day of the week. Also guaranteed a genuine copy of the game. Thanks Zatu, great job!

    I recently placed my third order with Zatu. They have a great range at reasonable prices and are so efficient. I especially appreciate the order updates and the gift wrap option, especially since the recipient of my recent gift order commented on the neatness of the wrapping!

    I recently placed my third order with Zatu. They have a great range at reasonable prices and are so efficient. I especially appreciate the order updates and the gift wrap option, especially since the recipient of my recent gift order commented on the neatness of the wrapping!

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    Ordered on Saturday night and was dispatched on Sunday morning. Actually impressed with that. All in all very happy with the service and I would order again.

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    A great selection of games, great value for money and very quick delivery

    Great service - games received very swiftly and well packaged.

    Great service - games received very swiftly and well packaged.

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