Monday, December 21, 2009
If you want a game that requires skill and concentration while having fun, then Khet is a game for you. It reminds me of Mousetrap in that it needs to be set up certain ways before playing and reminds me of Chess in that you need to strategize and move your pieces to protect the one ultimate piece. Khet is a game like no other that I've seen.
To explain the rules of Khet, it's the game that combines lasers with classic strategy. Players alternate turns moving Egyptian-themed pieces having two, one or no mirrored surfaces. All four types of pieces (pharaoh, obelisk, pyramid and djed column) can either move one square forward, back, left, right, or diagonal, or can stay in the same square and rotate by a quarter twist. Each turn ends by firing one of the lasers built into the board. The laser beam bounces from mirror to mirror; if the beam strikes a non-mirrored surface on any piece, it is immediately removed from play. The ultimate goal is to illuminate your opponent's pharaoh, while shielding yours from harm.
I received the Khet laser game for review. I've got to admit that I was a little indimidated at first simply because it wasn't like any other game I've played and it indicated that the game received a Mensa Select Award as a National Competition Winner. I'm not Mensa material, but that didn't stop me from giving the game a try.
The game indicates it's for ages 9+ and I've got to agree that it's not a game for those any younger than that. A friend and I got together and went over the instructions of Khet and helped each other understand the rules of play. Once we got the gist of it, we played the game.
Khet takes strategy and thinking on your part. What makes it even more fun and challenging is that you cannot test where the laser beam lands just to make sure it does not land on your piece. You have to think the moves through beforehand and predetermine where you think the laser is going to land. There were a few times that I knocked my own pieces out of the game because I did not think it through well enough. After a few trial runs, I was able to more clearly understand what I needed to do to protect my pieces while knocking my opponent's pieces out.
This game has received a good number of awards and there are even world tournaments where players can test their skills against others. Khet can be purchased online and you can even purchase optional expansion packs to further enrich game play.
I received product for review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products, as your opinion may differ.