This game is among the best ways to blow 15 bucks
. This game
can be played anywhere with enough flat space to lay out the card
s and with any number of participants
- even alone
Since the rules are so simple, the game crosses cultural and linguistic barriers; I played Set many a time in Japan with host families and students at my school. I can't explain the simple rule "If two are, and one isn't, then it's not a set" in Japanese, but I had the kids playing Set like a pro within 10 minutes.
It's not a CCG. Set can be played equally by 7-year-olds and 50-year-olds. Age is no advantage. Experience is only a minor advantage; I usually win the first two or three games, after that, things start evening out.
Set would make a lousy computer game; the computer could identify every set in a layout within microseconds. It would make a good (and simple!) network game, though, and probably could be implemented easily in Java by someone who knew what they were doing.