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Stripes (2019) is a sequencing and collecting card game where you create stripes of a single colour from a tangled mess of colours. You flip, draw and trade your cards in an order that creates a complete line of colour. It is about using limited actions to sort your colours, whilst disrupting the stripes of your opponents.

To start you lay out seven Stripe cards in front of each player. Each card has six horizontal coloured stripes. To begin with, these won't line up with each other. The aim is to use the available actions to manipulate the cards to create a single horizontal line of colour across all seven cards.

You take turns choosing one of the available actions. To do this you flip a card over and draw a new card to replace the first card, trade a card from a specific position with another player, shift a card up or down one stripe and (in larger groups) steal a card from the player on your right.

As you progress you realise there are a number of layers of strategy. You need to focus on your progress towards a line of colour. But you also need to see what your opponents are up to. A number of the actions let you mess with their order. Also, as each type of action can only be used once (until they are all used and things reset), you can choose to use an action simply to stop someone else from using it to their advantage.

The result is a competitive tactical game that's fun and simple to play. Although players do things that may obstruct each other, the game nicely limits this. Stealing a card from someone can only happen infrequently. Trading a card with someone gives an advantage to the other player who can place the traded card where they want, while the originating player can only trade their first card.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Stripes 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Sequencing game with Brain Game elements. You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room. Best with 3-5 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. The lining up your colours mechanic is simple to understand. However, you need to spend some time learning how the different actions impact you and your opponents. Each action has a different rule and is carefully balanced.

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and Brain Game

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards

Developer: Breaking Games (@Breaking_Games)

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