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    Manage your cards to strengthen your microorganisms and weaken your opponents'.


    Utilize critical thinking and logic to be the best biochemist.


    Strategy in this game is all about balance – you must occasionally be weak to grow stronger.

    Gather your brainy friends, break out the party snacks and put on your very best hazmat suit. You're going to need it to play Strain--an infectiously fun game of viruses, toxins and cunning little microorganisms. In the race to create the strongest microorganisms, players deploy toxin attacks and unleash viruses to weaken their opponents. But like all great complex strategy games, there's a catch: attacking your opponents also leaves your organism more vulnerable to attack. So you have to maintain a delicate balance of making yourself weaker to grow stronger and win the game.



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    Brain Health Expert Says:

    "Strain activates the frontal lobe, which controls critical thinking and logic, as you follow rules and plan strategies to successfully complete this game."

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    How to Play:

    Build your Creature! Shuffle the three types of tiles (Cytoplasm, Organism, & Petri Dish) face-down into draw piles. Moving clockwise around the table, players take turns make of three phases:
       1. Awaken Phase - Draw 3 tiles from the draw piles.
       2. Evolve Phase - Players either BUILD onto their organism with a Cytoplasm tile or BATTLE their opponent with a Toxin tile.
       3. Shed Phase - Score points by completing an organism. In this phase, players must discard (shed) all but 4 tiles in their hand.

    How to Win:

    The first player to score 12 points is the winner!

     

        Strain Rules .PDF

     

    Additional Information

    format skills game
    manufacturer recommended age
    warnings CHOKING HAZARD - Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

    The Marbles BrainCoach says...

    Who knew disease could be so fun? Infect your opponents with toxins, make purchases with Adenosine-5'-triphosphate, and build immune system resistance in your organism. Don't worry, it will all make sense once you start to play!

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