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NMBR 9

| Published: 2017
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Challenge your mental acuity and test your dexterity with this puzzling game of strategically stacking tiles.

PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
In every game of NMBR 9, players attempt to score the most points by creating their own displays of uniquely shaped number tiles. Tiles on higher levels of your stack score more points, but you must be careful how quickly you build upwards. Without a solid foundation, you’ll quickly run out of space for more valuable tiles. Each of the ten types of number tiles covers a different amount of space and no part of a tile can hang over an edge without anything below it. Properly consider all the factors and cleverly place your tiles to get to the bottom of this intriguing puzzle.

TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
With just a deck of cards and a pack of number tiles, NMBR 9 presents a unique and varied challenge every time you pay. During each round, a card drawn from the deck determines what number tile you need to place. With only two copies of each of the ten different of cards in the deck, the farther you go into the deck, the better idea you have of what cards are coming. Use all the information available to you and move quickly to build the display worth the most points. There are many solutions to the puzzle at the heart of NMBR 9, but only one of them will win.

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North Star Games fan
 
8 of 8 gamers found this helpful
“Fun filler game with Numbers”

This is a game for one to four players. The game has 80 number tiles, 0 to 9, with four of each number. There are also 20 number cards, with 2 of each number. Each player builds their own grid of numbers, and scores are determined by the number on the tile and the height (level) of the number. All the numbers placed on the table, are considered level 0 and score 0 points. The next level up is level 1, so all numbers are multiplied by 1 for the score of that tile. I.e., on level one, placing the 8 tile would score 8×1 or 8 points. The next level is level 2, where the tile 8 would score 8×2 or 16 points, etc. Each number tile has a unique shape, and grids printed on the tile. Tiles placed on the same level must line up with at least one of the grids on another tile. When a tile is placed on top of other tiles, there must be another grid underneath each grid of the tile, meaning it can’t hang over any air. Each tile must be on top of at least two other number tiles. So, for example, you can’t just put an 8 tile atop another 8.

After shuffling the cards, turn one card over at a time and place the corresponding tile, anywhere you like, as long as you follow the placement rules above.
What I like about the game is that the rules are very easy to grasp, and the game is easy to learn. The shuffling of the cards adds variety to the game and there is some planning to try and earn the most points for your placement. Since there are only two of each number in the deck, during play, you will have an idea of which numbers remain. I also like that there is so little set up, you can really just shuffle the cards and be ready to play in a minute or two. The number tiles are a nice weight and colorful. I enjoyed the puzzle aspect of the game; trying to fit the pieces together in the most efficient way to earn points. Each level becomes more challenging, because it is difficult to build lower levels without any gaps that prevent higher levels.

However, there is very little player interaction, since all players build their own grid. I also kept jostling my numbers on the table and trying to restack them correctly. You may need a play mat to add a little friction.

This could be a nice filler game, it takes about 10-15 minutes to play. If you purchased several sets, more than four players could play at the same time. The solitaire option could interest some players, who might want to see if they can beat their highest score.

 

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