I’ve never reviewed a card game before when when the opportunity to review an Alexander Hamilton card game crossed my desk I jumped at the chance. Hamilton is huge, has been for several years thanks to Hamilton the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Deal or Duel is a card game for 2-6 players and is marketed for ages 10+. This means even middle school history teachers could pick up this game and have it available for their students. However, the fact the the rules and instructions are so frustrating means it probably shouldn’t be in the classroom setting.
In the face of the political instability and financial turmoil of the American Revolution, only one individual always came out on top: Alexander Hamilton. Pit your survival instincts and spending savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers) in this historic action card game whose simple objective is as old as Ameritocracy itself: get all the money or die trying.
Inside You’ll Find:
-54 Historical Face Cards
-120 Action Cards
-40 Hamilton Cards
-$3,500 Colonial Cash
-Face Card Roster Scroll
Deal or Duel combines fun and learning, or so you would think. It’s compact in size so it doesn’t take up much space which is slightly redeeming if you decide to keep it around long enough to store it. The game takes a bit to understand and get into with the abundance of rules and instructions so it’s not an out of the box and go type of game.
The facts were fascinating and great for High School students studying the Alexander Hamilton era. It is chalked full of history and that had the potential to make it a great educational game. I am afraid the instructions and complexity of play ruined the game. I am not sure if a teacher would benefit from playing this in the classroom due to the length of time it would take to teach how to play the game. -Skye Knight, Amazon review
I found this game confusing, I wasn’t sure of the point, and didn’t feel that it was really worth my time. However, I think they had good potential and I will give it another try when we have more time to devote to just learning the directions. Maybe with more people it would help. -Alyssa Ross, Amazon review
I also found this game to be confusing and not worth the time, however it is a cool game to have if you’re an Alexander Hamilton fan. The illustrations are cool and maybe there’s a way to make up your own set of rules. If anything maybe you’re pick up a bit of history. As I am not an Alexander Hamilton fan I will most likely be giving away my copy.
Received for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.