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Pico II

Publisher: Doris & Frank
Players: 2
Reproduced here with kind permission from Funagain Games.

All Bluffing

What's the point in a game with only eleven cards? Outsmarting the enemy! Pico II is a fast and simple game that can be played in less than a minute.

Five cards are dealt to each player; the last card is placed face up on the table (so you know exactly what cards your opponent has). Each player selects one card, and both a revealed simultaneously. The card that is higher wins, unless the cards differ by more than a factor of two, in which case the lower number wins. The winning card is placed on the table next to the player. The round ends after one player has won four cards. Each card has a number of pips on it; players score the pips on their winning cards. To even out the game after one round the players swap hands and play again.

These simple rules offer a surprising depth as you try to outguess your opponent and figure out if they will play high or low. The more you play against a particular opponent, the more you will learn about their strategy - but the more they will learn about yours!

The cards have the usual delightful Doris Matthäus hedgehog decorations. With two decks Pico II can be played by three people. You can also play Pico II with a Java-aware browser on the Doris and Frank web site.

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