by Mrs. Saint
My husband and I have many different hobbies we love but board games are a passion in the Saint household. If you asked either of us what we want to do with our free time when Little Miss Saint is sleeping, the top of the list is always board games. However, one quandary we run into from time-to-time is sharing the hobby we love with family and friends who are not familiar with board gaming, outside of some of the better known classic games like Monopoly or Clue. Not every person can jump into the deep end of the board game pool like my husband did with me when we first started to date and he set up Arkham Horror 2nd Edition as my ‘intro’ to hobby gaming, so when I find a game that works well as a ‘gateway’ or ‘entry level’ game to the hobby for me to share with my family and friends, I have a deep appreciation for that game. The strategy game Sequence by Jax LTD, Inc is one such game that works well for a number of reasons.
A little backstory first, Sequence actually joined my personal game collection years before I met my husband. I played Sequence for the first time at my cousin’s house one weekend while I was visiting and enjoyed it so I bought a copy when I saw it at a retailer a few weeks later. The interest in the game was mine alone at the time, as I was in a phase of life where most of my friends would rather play drinking games than sit down at the table for a board game. At that time, my family lived close to me so visits were much shorter. Now, my husband and I do not live close enough for family members to do day trips, so our visits are usually long weekends. We finally tore the shrink wrap off our copy of Sequence a couple years ago to play with my parents, who knew we loved board games and wanted to try one of our games they had never played.
The objective of Sequence is pretty simple: the first team/individual to get two sequences wins (three sequences for three players/three teams). A sequence is five matching chips in a row: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Each player on their turn discards one of the cards in their hand and places a chip on a space on the board matching the card they discarded. In very basic terms, it’s tic-tac-toe meets a match game.
The game comes with a game board, two decks of standard cards, and three different color chip sets. The game board has two decks-worth of standard playing cards (minus the Jacks) covering it. The good thing, everything fits nicely into one box that’s not very big so it’s easy to transport. Four players is how we normally play Sequence so I cannot accurately speak to other player counts, but at four players the games go fairly quickly, typically less than 30 minutes for us.
The only cards not on the board are the Jacks. There are eight Jacks in the game and there are two kinds of Jacks. Two Eyes Jacks are wild and can be placed on any card space. One Eyed Jacks are anti-wild and can be used to remove one chip from any space.
When you have company, there can be a lot of varying factors when trying to find a game: number of guests, age range of the guests, available play time, etc. Sequence addresses a lot of these issues. It allows for play from 2-12 players, provided the player count can be divided by 2 or 3, so you can play the game with:
- 2 players in 1 vs 1
- 3 players in 1 vs 1 vs 1
- 4 players in 2 vs 2
- 6 players in either: 3 vs 3 or 2 vs 2 vs 2
- 8 in 4 vs 4
- 9 in 3 vs 3 vs 3
- 10 in 5 vs 5
- 12 in either: 4 vs 4 vs 4 or 6 vs 6
The flexibility in numbers does have its limitations: there’s obviously no solo mode and if you have 5, 7, or 11 in your gaming group you’re not able to play (we run into the 5 player count issue the most).
The game’s recommended age begins at 7 so that means children and younger friends do not need to be excluded from game night.
Setup does not take long, the board is placed in the center of the play area, each team picks their color for chips and splits the chips among their team members. The playing cards are shuffled and then delt (number of cards depends on number of players). You’re ready to play.
Sequence is not a beautiful game like Empires of the Void II, nor does it have a cool theme like Terraforming Mars. Theme is a key feature in how much we enjoy a board game, so Sequence is not a game we ever play unless it is with our family. We’ve now played this game with both sets of our parents and even with my grandmother who is almost eighty-six years old. Gram’s only complaint, the card images on the board should be bigger; however, card size did not seem to stop her and her teammate from beating us (I did find out after she mentioned the size of the cards that there is a version available with bigger card images).
This game has earned its spot on our game shelf because even though we love a good theme and beautiful artwork in our favorite games; sometimes you just need a simple game your grandma enjoys playing.
Check out more Sequence reviews and information at the below links:
Board Game Atlas -see what everyone is saying and get the latest price information.
The Dice Tower-check out this how to play video by The Rules Girl
Jax Games-if you are interested in Sequence, check out the publisher’s website