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Silver and Gold Two Player Review

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Silver and Gold might be the game for you if you love crossing things out and you’ve always wanted to search for buried treasure.  X Marks the spot, and that spot, and that one, oh, and that one.

Silver and Gold Review

7.5 out of 10

Is it Good For Two Players? : Yes

Silver and Gold is a simple, quick, and straightforward game that is easy and actually quite relaxing to play. The simultaneous and solitaire-style gameplay is really what attributes to this sort of zen x marking experience. 

Theme: 2/10
Replayability: 4/10
Components: 7/10

Conflict: 1/10
Fun: 4/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
8 out of 10

Pros

Easy and Simple

Good Components

Quick Gameplay

Portable

Cons

May be too low of player interaction for some people

The theme could be a little stronger

Turn order is hard to keep track

Gameplay Experience:

Silver and Gold is a fairly new game and one of the first of this “flip-and-write” style that we added to our collection.  It took a minute for us to figure out how to play this game since it was a new game mechanism to us, but soon we had our island cards ready and the expedition cards ready to go.

Silver and Gold Ready to Play
Silver and Gold ready for two players

We were ready to start playing but we were starting to question whether we really were supposed to mark up our brand new game with the dry erase markers as the instructions said to.   Were not one to baby our board games but the game was just opened a few minutes before.

My wife soon just took a marker to her card though and calmed our nerves as she was easily able to wipe the card clean.  The markers and cards provided with this game are pretty great and come clean a lot better than some other dry erase games we have played in the past.

We started our first round out of four and were slowly making our way through the seven expedition cards.  We were marking x’s all over our treasure cards in search of potential buried treasure and our islands were starting to look pretty well searched.

In Silver and Gold, you can’t move onto new island cards until you have searched every square inch of at least one of your current ones, and we both still had some areas unsearched.  Near the last expedition card of the round we both finally fully explored an island and were ready to select a new island to search.

This marking x’s repeated for the next four rounds with my wife and I both searching each island we picked to the fullest extent while also trying to collect bonus coins and palm trees along the way. 

Another game of Silver and Gold Played
Another game of Silver and Gold in the bag

If this doesn’t sound as exciting as some of our other gameplay experiences it’s because it isn’t.  Just because it doesn’t compare to finding real buried treasure doesn’t mean Silver and Gold isn’t a good game, it is great for what it is.

Silver and Gold Rules Summary:

In Silver and Gold players start with two treasure(island) cards which have a lot of boxes on them, with some boxes having x’s, coins, or palm trees in them.  Four additional treasure cards are displayed face up in the middle of the table between the players.  

Eight expedition cards are also shuffled and placed face down in between the players and these are the cards that allow you to cross out boxes.

Silver and Gold Expedition Cards, score sheet and round sheet
Silver and Gold Expedition Cards, score sheet and round sheet

Now players will take turns flipping over the expedition cards and then simultaneously all players can cross off boxes on their island cards according to the pattern on the newly flipped expedition card.  

The pattern can be rotated however you would like but must be able to be crossed off fully on your cards. If you can’t use the pattern or don’t want to, you can cross off a single box on one of your treasure cards.  

Silver and Gold How to Play
Example of how boxes are crossed off

If you cross out an x symbol on your island you get to immediately cross out any other box.  If you cross out a coin you mark that on your scorecard and it count’s for more points and can also help you get bonus points if you cross out enough of them.  If you cross out a palm tree, you also immediately get bonus points, one for the crossed-out tree and one point for each palm tree on the treasure cards in the middle of the table.

If you can cross out every box on your treasure cards you get to pick a new card from the middle of the table or the draw pile.

That’s all there really is to playing Silver and Gold. You keep trying to fully cross out as many treasure cards as you can over four rounds and with each ending after the seventh expedition card is flipped.  This means one expedition card is not used each round, making it so that not all marking patterns are guaranteed. 

At the end of the game, players count their scores to see who won.  We won’t bore you with the scoring system here. 

Conclusion:

If you combined Bingo and Tetris you would get something quite similar to Silver and Gold. Now you’re picturing a bingo hall filled with giant tetrominoes aren’t you?  It is a great little game though and we think it has a bit more depth to it than either of those games, but not much more.

We think that that is kind of the point.  Silver and Gold is a simple, quick, and straightforward game that is easy and actually quite relaxing to play. That may have been what the designers were going for and if so, they definitely achieved it.  

The simultaneous and solitaire style gameplay is really what attributes to this sort of zen x marking experience.  The game is almost so relaxing and easygoing that you typically forget that you’re playing a game with another person until somebody announces they got bonus points or you reach the end and have to compare scores.

Even though this type of stuff would be a negative for most games, it’s what makes this game a great little filler game or a perfect game for when you want to unwind after a long day.

Is Silver and Gold Good For Two Players?:

In our opinion, Silver and Gold is just as good at two players as any other player count.  There is less competition for coin bonuses and face-up treasure cards, but those things don’t significantly affect the gameplay overall.  Since it is a more solitary style of game, the player count doesn’t matter all that match. 

Playing with two players may be what makes this game even more relaxing though.  If you’re playing this game with just a single person that you are comfortable with it’s not hard to see how mindfully marking x’s trying to solve your own personal puzzle on your treasure cards could be a rather chill experience.

So in our opinion playing with only two players strengthens what is already good about the game.

Pros

  • Easy and Simple
  • Good Components
  • Quick Gameplay
  • Portable

Cons

  • May be too low of player interaction for some people
  • The theme could be a little stronger
  • Turn order is hard to keep track of

Silver and Gold Card Game - Your Ticket to Distant Islands and Golden Treasures! Flip and Write Strategy Game for Kids and Adults, Ages 8+, 2-4 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Pandasaurus Games
Silver and Gold Card Game - Your Ticket to Distant Islands and Golden Treasures! Flip and Write Strategy Game for Kids and Adults, Ages 8+, 2-4 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Pandasaurus Games
Silver and Gold Card Game - Your Ticket to Distant Islands and Golden Treasures! Flip and Write Strategy Game for Kids and Adults, Ages 8+, 2-4 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Pandasaurus Games

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