What is it? Billed as 'the ultimate travel game', Backpacker is an innovative take on playing cards and a realistic game about the ups and downs of globetrotting.
How does it work? There are 38 'country' cards from six continents - each one has a number of allocated photographic points - as well 'event' cards. The object of the game is to return home with the highest number of photographs, having collected cards from as many countries and continents as possible. The event cards provide the challenge, as they work as either bonus cards (doubling your number of photos) or problem cards: the kind of sickness, bureaucracy or bad advice you might find on your travels. Problem cards can be shifted between players, making the game competitive.
Why do I need one? The game takes approximately one hour to play and because there are so many different scenarios, no two games are the same. There is a basic set of rules for beginners and a more advanced version. The pack is light (200 grams), pocket-sized (9cm x 13cm), robust and doesn't require a board to play it on.
Anything else? The double deck of colourfully illustrated cards includes a set of rules and illustrated advice. The rules are difficult to understand at first, but the game is addictive once you get the hang of it.
Where can I find one? Backpacker is available from www.backpackercardgame.com for GBP10.99 (HK$170), including worldwide postage.