I love to play cards (Canasta players in LA contact me!) so when 613 Games asked me to take a look at their new TorahLine Card Game I was all in. This is their first game and it focuses on the Exodus story, making it a great Passover activity for your guests.
Each card in the deck represents a verse in the Exodus parshas Shemos, Va’eira and Bo. The front and back of the cards are the same, except one side shows you which parsha, chapter, and verse it is (the answer) but the other side does not. The object of the game is quite simple: put the cards in order without looking at the answer. The player who can put them in the most correct order, wins.
The deck comes in a nice box and complete with instructions. We were a little confused by some of the instructions so we quickly improvised our own version of the game which I feel was just as effective. They have videos on their site too, so you can check them out if it isn’t clear.
You’ll need a big table or floor to play on as you will eventually spread out all the cards. The game is intended to be played by children but I found the game very entertaining to play myself. I played a hand with my Torah study partner and she liked it too so I definitely feel it is a fun game for adults as well. They have instructions on how to play with people of varying levels of Torah knowledge which is useful because I crushed my kid when we played against each other. Ha! This is also a game that can be played in teams which is great for entertaining a lot of people at the same time.
The cards are of the quality you would expect from any fine deck manufacturer like Bicycle and they are sure to withstand years of use. Aesthetically the game falls in that “traditional” realm for all things Jewish with the usual stone texture and naive illustrations. The illustrations were crowdsourced from submissions from children and are interesting to children because of their uniqueness. Personally, I would have liked to see more sophisticated, modernist illustrations but that’s me and the aesthetics don’t impact enjoyment of the game at all.
This is 613 Games’ first game out of what is hoped to be many. They have Bereishis, Beshalach, and Yitro it the works and also a game of War which should be interesting.