Posted by Lory Gilpatric as Card Games
Yesterday, I attended a local mini Star Wars convention, where I came across the 1983 Parker Brothers card game, Star Wars Return of the Jedi: Play-for-Power. I had seen dozens of copies of the 30-year-old game at Star Wars Celebration VII, but none were still unopened. The game I found in my hometown still had sealed decks inside, and was only $5, to boot. It was a deal I just could not pass up.
The Return of the Jedi Play-for-Power card game is actually five games in one. Four of them are variations on traditional card games, like solitaire and War. The most complicated game is similar to poker, but with winning cards instead of winning hands.
Alien Adventure supports three to four players and is the most complex of the card games. Players choose their strongest card to battle against opponents. The player whose card has the highest point value wins.
Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Master support two to four players and is very much like War, but with a few variations on the rules.
Creature Concentration is simply a game of Concentration. Players lay out a deck of cards onto the tabletop and must try to find their match. Like the others, this game also includes a few variations on the play to make it interesting.
Super Solitaire is similar to the single-player game of Canfield solitaire with a special deck.
Upon researching ROTJ: Play-for-Power card game, I discovered that this vintage card game is fairly easy to find, and is reasonably priced between $10 and $15. So, on Star Wars day, why not treat yourself to a good, old-fashioned Jedi-themed card game. May the Fourth be with You.