Published by: Iello Games
# of Players: 2-5
Mayday Card Sleeve Size: French Tarot Size (61x112mm)
Nyet! is a card game that requires few components. Everything is themed with anthropomorphic characters set in the Soviet Union. I really like the art and how clean it looks. The art is very colorful and does not distract from the gameplay. Does the Soviet theme matter? No it is just art that makes it stand out from a regular card game. The cards are big and sturdy. The only other components are the rule board and cardboard tokens. Both are good quality and will handle lots of playing and travel. The instructions for Nyet! are clear and concise. The quality of the components is very similar to Biblios. The box magnetically latches closed and has a very nice insert that holds everything.
Nyet! is a card trick-taking game that has it's rules change each round. After a predetermined number of rounds the player with the most points wins. A round of Nyet! is split into two phases.
The Nyet! phase has players determining the rules for the round. After players look at their hand of cards for the round, the dealer will place a token on a rule space on the rule board. This eliminates the spot from the rules. Players will take turns placing tokens on a spot till only one spot remains for each row. Those remaining open spots determine the rules for that round. Line 1 determines who is the first player and line 2 determines how cards players will discard at the start of the trick phase. Lines 3, 4, and 5 determine what color is the trump suit, super trump and points for each trick taken.
The other phase is the trick phase. This is the main part of the game. If you have played Spades or Hearts then this phase will be very similar. Players are trying to have the highest numbered card of a certain color that was played first. Each player starting with the first player will play a card. After everyone has played one card the team with the highest numbered card wins the trick. A trump card will beat any numbered card of the played suit. A super trump (numbered 1 cards of a color) will beat all cards including played trump cards. The deck has 4 colors numbered 1 through 13 with 3 ones. After the winner of the trick is determined, they will start a new turn of cards. Players will keep doing this till all the players have run out of cards. Teams will total up the number of tricks won and any opposing player number 1 cards you have taken (opposing player 1 cards are considered extra tricks). Take that total and multiply it by the determined points for the round and each team member will get that total for their score for the round. You will then shuffle the deck up and start the Nyet! phase for the next round. You will keep going till you reach the end of a certain number of rounds. The player with the most points wins.
Nyet! took me back to memories of playing Spades and Hearts with my family while camping. I like the addition of changing rules each round. I really like how you can determine how many points each trick is worth for a round including making it negative points. This adds a new level of strategy to the card game. There are so many great decisions to be made from what card I should use to who should I team up with this round. Nyet! is a fun micro game that can be played with gamers and non-gamers alike. I wish they would have included a scoring pad to keep track of scores. Also the game recommends 8 rounds for a four player game and around that for other size groups. This can turn it into a longer game than I would prefer but can easily changed by agreeing ahead of time to how many rounds your group wants to play. I would have liked a second option for negative points on the rule board. The negative points tends to be one of the first to be covered up and having two spots would make it the option happen more. This is a great game to play with parents and grandparents that you have probably played card games with in the past. Nyet! is very compact for each travel. People who do not like classic card games will probably not like Nyet! as it does little to change that main card game feel. Nyet! will remain in my collection and look forward to taking it with me when I go camping or to the cabins.
+ Solid components that are compact for travel
+ Rules are easy to understand and learn
+ Feels like classic card games such as Spades and Hearts
+ Soviet Animal Art
- If you go by the recommended amount of rounds it can run long
- If you don't like classic card games this will do little to convince you otherwise
- No way to track score is provided
- Would like a second negative point spot in the rule board