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Tranquility (2020) is a silent cooperative card game where you fill in the sea with a grid of Island cards. The challenge comes from having to play cards into the grid in sequence and not being able to talk to each other to coordinate. It's a beautiful game that creates a collaborative Solitaire experience with some novel expansions.

You work together to complete a large grid with numbered Island cards in sequential order. In turn, you place the numbered Island cards anywhere on the grid but the incremental order must be preserved. You can skip numbers but this comes at the cost of having to discard cards for each number you skip.

Like The Mind, this is a game with a small number of rules that create different imaginative ways to do well. To play efficiently you need to place cards that work with what other players want to play. However, you aren't allowed to communicate what you have in any way. If anyone can't play a card (or has two cards to discard) you lose.

As you progress you discover different strategies to help the group have a good chance of winning. For example, it's often better to leave a gap between the cards you play so the next player can go in between and then choose which number to discard. Thereby losing fewer cards.

Once you have grasped the basic concepts and are beating the game regularly you can add special cards into the deck that add elements you have to work around. This extends the seafaring theme and adds more longevity.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Tranquility 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Sequencing game with Brain Game, Push-Your-Luck and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. Although this is a simple game to understand, it is a real challenge to properly comprehend. Most people need to play a round or two before it clicks.

The first time you play it's useful to:
  • Play a round where you are allowed to communicate.
  • Try playing cards in a checkerboard pattern.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although young children can enjoy the game, if they place a card inconveniently it can make the team lose. So you need forward planning skills and also be happy to be the cause of failure.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Communication, Sequencing (Brain Game, Push-Your-Luck and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: Cards


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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