Product Type: Innovention Toys board games
Newest Review: ... combined with lasers (or something like that). I would agree with it. If you are a fan of chess this game will entertain you! It is not ex... more
Who does not love lasers?
Member Name: alnilam
Advantages: strategic game, lasers, nice looking
Disadvantages: laser can be dangeruos
I don't even remember when I first found out about this game but from the moment I did I was obsessed with getting it for myself. Well the obsession was with the Khet 1 but since it was not available in my area and getting it would cost a fortune (the game itself was quite expensive plus it was heavy so the shipping costs were abnormal), it was a dream almost forgotten. Well until somewhere in the beginning of this year when I noticed Khet 2.0 is coming out! Woohoo! It was/is half the price the version 1 was plus it is a lot lighter so the expenses for the game were neglect-able. Pre-ordered the thing through Firebox and waited for a long 6 months so they got it in stock (long, long wait), all was well though since even the official Khet store was constantly running out of supplies because of the high demand for this game.
"What's the game all about?"
I read somewhere once that this game has the strategy of chess and checkers combined with lasers (or something like that). I would agree with it. If you are a fan of chess this game will entertain you! It is not exactly similar to it though. But the strategy, oh the strategy!
It is a two player game, one player is red the other silver (gray). Each player has one sphinx figurine, the coolest of them all - the one that fires the laser, one Pharaoh figurine - the one that needs to be annihilated by the opponent, two Anubis and two Scarab figurines which have their own abilities and movements, and a few "pawns" who have a mirror on side and are vulnerable on others.
The point of this game is to hit the Pharaoh figurine with the laser beam. You start the game with the figurines already spread through the board by the configuration that is either given in the manuals (there are 3 beginning configurations) or as you get to understand the game make your own starting configurations. The players take turns in moving or rotating the figurines and ending each turn with shooting the laser beam (and hopefully eliminating enemy figurines). All figurines can be killed (with exception of Scarab) at certain conditions (with pawns it is if they are hit on the un-mirrored surface) so with each move you have to be extra careful to figure out the possibilities of laser trajectory of your move, your opponents move and even better for a few moves in advance. It is a brain twister! I have only played it with the configurations that are given in the manuals many, many times and not one game was the same, there are thousand of possibilities and strategies so it is unlikely (if you have a decent opponent) that you will get bored with this game. In this aspect I would say that it is the same as chess - I played it a million times and not one game was the same.
I enjoy playing this game over and over again, true it must be with an opponent that is at my level or above. The game itself is not hard to understand, the manual is really short and to be honest there are not many rules to this game so understanding the game will not be a problem for anybody.
"This and that"
The game comes in a beautiful box with Egyptian/laser themed graphics, the box seems durable enough and it has a handle on the top (nice touch!) so it is easy to carry around. You open it without any big efforts but when it is closed it will stay closed.
The game board and the figurines are safely stored in the box, each figurine has their own "moulded" space to be put in to.
It is suitable for ages 9+ but I would still be careful since lasers are involved and kids do like to play with them, which can be dangerous if it is pointed in the eyes.
I do feel this game is "good for the brains" and lasers do make it more appealing for kids (and adults, lets not be fooled I love lasers!). This sort of games should be encouraged!
There was (or still is, I would not know) an online version of this game so you can check it out before purchase but bare in mind the real Khet is in my opinion a 100 times better.
Summary: Chess hybrid with lasers!
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