Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club: SET review

We are really pleased to have been chosen as members of the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club for the next three months. Once a month, I will bring you a review of one Asmodee board game and I would love for you to share your thoughts too, if you have played them!

The first game we’re looking at is SET. This is one of Asmodee’s fun, fast games and perfect for taking away on holiday or to give as a gift. SET has a pretty short playing time of around 20 minutes according to the instructions, though we played for longer because it’s harder than we originally thought!

The basics of the game are that players are to find ‘sets’ of cards that either match… or don’t! It sounds a bit daft when you first hear that, but the idea that made the rule click in my brain was that within the three cards in a set, there can be no ‘odd one out’.

So you can have 3 cards of the same colour, or 3 different colours – but not 2 of one colour and one of a different colour. Other factors are shape, number and shading and the same rule applies to those too.

For example:

These are fairly obviously a set. Each is shaded, each is red, each is oval and none of them have the same number of items on the card.

This, however, is not a set. That’s because although each card contains three items, each is a different colour, and each has a different shape, the red one is the odd one out because the green and the blue are both fully coloured.

Twelve cards (or 15 if you’re struggling, or to make it easier) are placed on the table and everyone studies them until they see a set, at which point they shout ‘SET!’ and select their cards. If they are correct, they keep their set and the cards are replaced from the pack. If they are mistaken, they lose a point! It can be frustrating to spy a set but be beaten to it – even worse when someone sees a different set and steals one of the cards you had your eye on!

SET takes a few goes at getting used to, especially for the younger players. The boys are 8 and 11 and they grasped it after a few trial runs, and we really enjoyed playing it.

The player with the most SETs at the end of the game wins – tonight it was Dad!

You can play SET solo or with as many people as you can fit around the table, and can literally open and play so it’s perfect for travel, parties or as a quick after-dinner game. We have a family meeting one night a week and we played this afterwards – it’s brilliant for sending some quality time together (as are most games, unless you count Monopoly, which can cause intense friction in our house!)

SET has been a bit hit here – it’s Triple Matching Mania that anybody can play, but nobody can stop!

Available online and in good toy shops, SET is suitable for one or more players aged 8 and over.

Look out for our Asmodee review next month when we’ll be playing Carcassonne, a family classic!

We have received three complimentary games from Asmodee for the purpose of carrying out these reviews.

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