The first time I played Tripevo I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a match 3 game on a 7×7 board. But instead of pieces dropping or rising, you place each piece exactly where you want it. Plus, each time you get 3 of a kind, one of the trio changes shape and stays on the board, where you have to try to match it with two more of its kind.

So, I picked it up again after several months and played a few rounds. I still think it’s a pretty interesting game, but now I see that there is just too much left to chance. You get to see only the piece that you are placing, so a good portion of the gameplay is still a crapshoot. There are a couple of wild cards here and there, but typically only 1 or 2 a game. A bigger board might make it more interesting…the small area of play just doesn’t afford many strategic options.

Survival score: Only until the novelty wears off. I’d give it 5-7 rounds.


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