Punto is a card game requiring strategy and skill. Equipped with a stack of their own color of cards, numbered (in dots) from 1 to 9, players in turn flip over the top card and place it on the playing surface touching another card on an edge or corner — though they also have the option of placing it on top of another player’s card, if the new card has a higher value than the card on the board. The goal is to create a line of four in a row of one’s own color; the higher the numbers in your growing line, the better the chance of the line withstanding other players’ attacks.
We started playing this game politely and with caution, but we were soon all-in on overtaking other players’ cards, setting up sneaky rows, and planning how to block those in the lead. Strategies became clearer the longer we played; no one was eager to quit! And though gameplay sounds competitive, our testers had as much fun coaching other players’ moves as we did in planning our own; it made for great family time.
The game is designed for 2 to 4 players; with 2 players, each has two sets of cards and works toward 5 in a row, and with 4 players there is the option of playing in collaborative teams (which opens up new strategies, such as one player focusing on defensively blocking the others and the other working on building the line).
Very clever and very fun.
Emily Crawford ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia. .