Slamwich is a card game made by Gamewright Games for children. It is a fun, engaging but silly game for kids over the age of 6. It has very simple rules to be followed similar to Slapjack but with a different set of cards.
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The game has 55 playing cards shaped like breads slides. The “bread” is topped with various sandwich fillings and toppings and some of the cards have special illustrations of people like sandwich thieves and sandwich munchers. It is a game that helps in pattern recognition and can be played by two people or more. It helps reinforce visual discrimination and hand-eye coordination.
Slamwich Game Review – 2019
Slamwich can be played by anyone over the age of 6. It is a multiplayer game, so you have a get at least one partner to enjoy the game. Slamwich has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $9.99, but if you check through Amazon, you can find it for less.
The game starts by dealing out the deck equally, any leftover card is set aside. The players hold their cards face down and taking turns, each player takes the top card of their deck and flips it onto a center pile. If a set of rules are met, players rush to slap the pile. The combinations are easy to understand;
- A Double Decker-If the flipped card is identical to the card directly underneath.
- A Slamwich– If two identical cards have exactly one card in between them (just like a sandwich).
Special cards like a Thief or a Muncher add unique criteria and help to make winning more random. If a player runs out of cards, they are out of the game. Whoever collects all of the cards wins.
While this game is not as complicated or thought provoking as some of Gamewright’s other games, it is still entirely playable. There are other choices for early gamers better than this one, but it’s a good game to have handy for younger children that requires no reading or number recognition.
Is this game worth rushing out to buy immediately? Most likely not. But, it’s a great stocking stuffer or add-on gift for your young gamer. Overall, this is a simple and fun way to reinforce early literacy skills such as pattern recognition and sequencing. While kids are flipping and stacking cards, they’re actually learning how to recognize a series, make combinations, and anticipate what might happen next.
Slamwich Rules – Getting Started
To play, deal the deck out as evenly as possible, then set any remaining cards aside. One by one, each player takes the top card of her deck and flips it onto a central pile. Under certain conditions, players race to slap the pile — creating a “slamwich”, if you will — and typically whoever is first to do so claims all of the cards in the pile. These conditions are:
- If the flipped card is identical to the card directly underneath it (a “double-decker”), slap the pile.
- If two identical cards have exactly one card in between them (a “slamwich”), slap the pile.
- If a thief is placed on top of the cards, slap the pile.
- If a muncher is revealed, the next player flips as many cards as the number on the muncher card. If she fails to turn over a muncher card, the previous player claims all of the cards; if she creates a slamwich or double-decker, or she plays a thief, then everyone races to slap the pile.
- If a player runs out of cards, she’s out of the game. Whoever collects all of the cards wins.
Now that we understand the rules, here are step-by-step instructions on how Slamwich is played:
- Take out the cards and shuffle them, making sure they all face in the same direction.
- Pass out all of the cards face down. Make sure all players get the same number of cards.
- Have each player hold the cards face down. Going in a clockwise direction, one by one each player must flip their top card face up into a pile in the middle. Continue this process.
- Slap the pile at any time if a “sandwich” is made (A “sandwich” can consist of any construction of cards where two cards that are the same are on top of each other or one card is sandwiched inside two other identical cards. For example, a jelly card, a peanut butter card, and a jelly card stacked on each other or a lettuce card on a lettuce card).
- Know that the person that slaps the pile first gets all the cards in the pile.
- Slap the pile when a thief card appears and yell “stop thief”.
- Take the pile of cards if you slapped and yelled it first.
- Look for the muncher card because when it appears the next person who would normally put down a card must put down the number of cards the muncher demands, if no sandwich is made the person who put down the muncher card gets the whole stack of cards. If there is a sandwich in the muncher, not between a muncher and cards anyone can slam it and get the cards.
- Running out of cards means you lose, at the end if you have all the cards you win.
How to Play Slamwich with Regular Cards?
Since Slamwich is a relatively basic and easy game, you do not actually need to purchase the set to enjoy the game. Once you understand the rules, you can apply them to the regular playing cards you have available. Just make sure that deck has enough variety of cards to make it an interesting alternative.
Overall, Slamjack is an energetic and exciting game that can be played by all. The concept is easy to grasp and understand. It can help children recognize pattern, reinforce visual discrimination and hand-eye coordination. It also brings out the competitive spirit in us – I got mines here