Thrift Treasure: Zigity

Thrift Treasure: Zigity

Following on Friday’s mention of games that bring a lot of value in small packages, this week’s Thrift Treasure find also packs a punch in an even smaller tin. As an added bonus, it only set us back 88 cents at our local Goodwill!

Plastic cards and a tin box are featured in this week's Thrift Treasure. Zigity by Cranium is unique in many ways, and packs a ton of value in a tiny box. - SahmReviews.com

Zigity by Cranium (now owned by Hasbro) is a very unique card game that comes packaged in a metal tin containing a deck of cards that are worth the money just for their uniqueness! These aren’t regular linen playing cards, these are printed on transparent plastic! But it isn’t just a gimmick, the transparency is needed to complete one of the sets as part of the game!

Plastic cards and a tin box are featured in this week's Thrift Treasure. Zigity by Cranium is unique in many ways, and packs a ton of value in a tiny box. - SahmReviews.com

Zigity is a typical “get rid of all your cards” type of card game. Each player starts with seven cards in their hand and on each turn performs one action from a choice of three.

Plastic cards and a tin box are featured in this week's Thrift Treasure. Zigity by Cranium is unique in many ways, and packs a ton of value in a tiny box. - SahmReviews.com

Your first option is to play a set from your hand. In front of you is a draw pile and a “play card” pile. Using the top card of the play card pile, you try to form one of the four types of sets. Which set is not your choice – the center of the card tells you which one you must complete. Each card has an icon or value printed in each corner – these are the set pieces. If you’re working on the upper left corner, you must spell a word.

Plastic cards and a tin box are featured in this week's Thrift Treasure. Zigity by Cranium is unique in many ways, and packs a ton of value in a tiny box. - SahmReviews.com

The number in the upper right requires you to collect cards that sum up to 11. Lower right is musical symbols – simply match at least one (you can also play more) to the face-up “play card”. Lastly, in the lower left are pieces of a 3-piece puzzle. Collect them all by lining up the clear cards and you have a set.

Plastic cards and a tin box are featured in this week's Thrift Treasure. Zigity by Cranium is unique in many ways, and packs a ton of value in a tiny box. - SahmReviews.com

All completed sets are then discarded to the top of the “play card” pile, so the order in which you place them will affect the next person as you are dictating the card they must use in their set!

There are also a number of action cards you could play instead that reverse the order of play, require others to draw additional cards or even skip your turn. If you can’t make a set or play an action card, your last option is to draw draw one card from the draw pile and lose the rest of your turn.

Unlike a number of other regular set-making card games, Zigity is unique in that each card can be part of four different sets. Expect a round to only last 10 minutes or so, allowing for multiple games in a session. The included tin carrying case is a very useful item, even if it would probably give TSA some pause. And the plastic cards should well outlast any other card game in your collection.

You can find Zigity brand new on Amazon for under $20 in the tin or a non-tin box version for under $10. As I previously mentioned, Cranium is now owned by Hasbro, but don’t let that prevent you from enjoying your own copy of Zigity!

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

11 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Zigity»

  1. Nuno Santos says:

    Really nice find!

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never heard of this card game and it sounds quite interesting. This was a good thrift find

  3. Sarah L says:

    That looks like a really fun (and portable) game.

  4. Dave Racette says:

    They only thing Ive found at my Goodwill was a Fluxx 3.1 version – missing a couple cards. But at $0.49 I couldn’t pass it up.

  5. Amber Taylor says:

    My girls and I love playing card games, this looks fun!

  6. I really love how unique and vibrant the game pieces are on this game. That alone would be enough to excite me and make me want to play it.

  7. Wow! 88 cents?! Great find! The cards are really fun. I love the colors and that you can see through the rest. The game time is perfect too, not too short, not too long for a hand to be over. I’ll definitely check these out, my kids will love them!

  8. James says:

    Looks like fun!

  9. Michele says:

    I do love card games and this one sounds a bit different (okay-a lot different) from most. I would really like to attempt this one.

  10. Jennifer Williams says:

    You always seem to luck out at Goodwill when it comes to finding fun games. We have tried a few times and have only found one so far (better than none). I think my son would actually enjoy Zigity, will have to check it out for Christmas.

  11. Rosey says:

    I’m loving the ten minute rounds. This is a game we could take out when there’s not enough time to play a more involved one, but we still want to get some together time in.

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