designer GŁnter Cornett
publisher Bambus Spieleverlag
released 2003
players 3-4
playing time 30 minutes
rating red starred starred starred starred starred starred stargray stargray stargray star


Quick look by Moritz Eggert

Günter Cornett has a great talent for inventing interesting trick-taking games with a twist, and "Bottle Imp" is no exception.

In this game each player gets a distribution of 36 cards (numbered 1-18 and 20-37) in 3 colours. The trick is won by the player who played the highest card of the same colour (or any colour if he is out of the colour) which is the highest lower card as the current "bottle imp", or, if nobody played a card below the imp's number, simply the highest card.

Of course this is not as simple as it sounds. Well, it didn't even sound simple to start with!

"The Bottle Imp" is not only a clever game, but also lovingly crafted around a famous short story of Rudyard Kipling, which, as an additional bonus, is fully included with the game, in German AND English (as are the rules). Luck of the draw might play a role, as if you have many very low cards in your initial draw it will be very difficult to get rid of all of them at the right time, but still this is a very enjoyable card game that doesn't leave the brain out of work and also has a high "fun through torture of other players" factor. Recommended!

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