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Egyptian Laser Chess!

February 4, 2012

Yes, the exclamation point is required.

It’s chess, with lasers and pyramids.  It’s almost too much awesome for one box.

How could you walk by this?

Khet 2.0 is a strategy game, where the object is to direct your laser to hit your opponent’s pharaoh.  The pieces have mirrors that bounce the laser around.  You play by moving your Egyptian themed piece (Anubis, scarab, pyramid and pharaoh) one space, or rotating them to change the orientation of the mirror.  Khet 2.0 is different from the original since you can change the orientation of the laser source, adding another set of configurations.

My friend and I found this game while wandering the mall.  We had never heard of it, never seen it, but we knew we needed to play it.  I had a blast playing it, but my friend is geometrically challenged, so the she ended up taking out her own pieces more often than mine (hey, lasers don’t discriminate).

It’s alot of fun, and unfortunately the laser won’t set your opponent’s pieces on fire, but it will give them a healthy red glow.  I would recommend playing in a dark, smokey room for the full laser effect (assuming geek board gamers don’t already play in dark rooms…)  The only problem I’ve had with the game is trying to find the laser if it doesn’t hit a piece on the board.  I’ve often had to arrange a barrier around the board to find it (or risk hitting my cat sleeping near by).

Laser source: I have a strong urge to strap this to a shark's head

Seriously, though, the laser won’t hurt anything, but keeping track of all the mirrors and your opponent’s laser is a great mental exercise.

There’s an expansion piece that was released recently and I can’t wait to try it out.  It’s a beam splitter. Yes,  now you can take out up to 3 pieces at once 😀

Oh, and once the Android game comes out, I may disappear from human contact for a while.

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