KIX - Game Overview

KIX Game Overview

We’ve searched high and low over the last few months to find new games with something a bit different to offer. We’re always on the lookout for games we know people will love and will be able to relate to. Here is a great new addition to our collection; KIX - the football card game!

KIX is a great little card game by IT Games, which is simple enough to play for all, yet can also be tactical enough for the more advanced players to really think about. We first discovered the game at this year’s UK Games Expo in Birmingham, and we decided we definitely needed a game based around football which will appeal to such a wide audience. KIX is available in both male, female or mixed sets of cards and has a real football vibe to it. You can play 5-a-side or 11-a-side depending on the difficulty you want to try or the amount of time you have for a game. We tested out a quick 5-a-side game and the more lengthy 11-a-side to really get the feel of it; it’s a whole new ball game…

Two teams, 60 cards, and play that replicates the real game, moving up and down the pitch. KIX is easy to play for anyone 5 and up.

- Nigel Scarfe, Imagination Gaming. 

A single pack of KIX cards has 60 football cards, a half time card and ‘how to play’ card, and the packaging very cleverly doubles up as a holder for them all! Each card has a player, the position they play and also gives them an ability score for each position in the game. KIX plays like an actual game of football, combining midfield play, attack and defense in order to strike past the goalkeeper to score. Players determine their actions by scoring the highest ability in the different positions as shown on the top of their cards. Players will battle to score a goal through these steps:

  • Midfield vs Midfield

  • Attack vs Defense

  • Strike vs Goalkeeper

You’ll progress through these rounds until ‘goals’ are scored against the keeper. How many goals can you score in a 5 minute game?

We love KIX because it captures the excitement of a real game of football, in such a simple way. I enjoy how the box can be used to hold the cards, such an innovative idea, and it means you can pick up and play anywhere. Can't wait to see KIX expand into other sports! - Trustpilot Review

The great thing about this game is the way a variety of people can play, and the way it can become very tactical. The more games you have, the more you’ll start to think about when the best time to use a player is and who is the best player to score goals at the most crucial points.

If this wasn’t enough, the game gets even hotter by the alternative 11-a-side game! To play this variation, 2 packs of KIX cards are needed for the ultimate experience. There are also different rules to include which really do spice the game up a little; the greatest experience for the football enthusiast!

Here's a quick video from the creator himself, explaining the game and the strategical side to it.

When we discovered KIX and found out about its secret weapon, we were very impressed; a box that transforms into a card holder! As we know, you footie fans never sit still, and we found the card box a brilliant addition to holding your cards when you’re out and about. Check out this video from the creator himself on how to use the box in your game (and we have to admit, it does look very cool!)

KIX is available in store and online store now. Click here to be taken to the page and to make a purchase; stock is limited!


Showcase Series: TAC-TICS


As part of our 'Showcase Series', we are highlighting games companies large and small with a few quick questions to discover more about their conception, evolution, inspirations and aspirations. From the largest multi-national companies to indie games makers and even individual new-comers, we're happy to shine a light on a variety of views of the gaming industry and experiences for those at all points on the gaming ladder!

Today - Tac-Tics...


I guess I am that person who had an idea for a game and actually thought why not go for it: “what do I have to lose.”

I’ve always been into football, loved it as a youngster and still play the game now that I’m in my early sixties and actually it was whilst driving home one night from a coaching session in 2018 that I hit upon the idea for TAC-TICS, a football-based card game. 

Only problem was I didn’t know what to do with it. So, I started researching on the internet and soon learned that I needed to create a basic prototype and get my game play tested, see what the feedback was like and then decide what my next step would be.

Fortunately, as TAC-TICS is aimed at children from age 6 up, I had a ready-made group of play testers as I coach foundation stage football at my local club. So numerous families were given my card game to play test and over time I received lots of useful feedback.

Using the feedback, I made changes to the rules and redesigned the artwork until I was happy with it. But know what?

I’d never taken a product to market before, but this is what I was hoping to do – so back to researching on the internet and it was at this stage that I started asking questions of other games designers and I learnt so much from them and eventually I put together my own project plan with all the steps I needed to carry out from approaching a printer, getting my card game CE tested barcodes and eventually sales ready. Whilst I was doing all this, I took the opportunity in 2018 to enter the Imagination Gaming Awards and although I didn’t win any awards, I was credited with their Seal of Approval which I now proudly display when publicizing my game. 

Towards the end of 2019, I started selling online via Amazon and Etsy and with minimal publicity/promotion I have hit my sales target for 2020. I’m still learning however, TAC-TICS had been selling as a boredom buster during the lockdown and sales really took off as we approached December so much so that I’ve now run out of stock and I’m talking to my printer again.

What does 2021 hold – well I’ll set another sales target to aim at and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to promote TAC-TICS at shows and fairs.

Am I pleased I went for it? Well, I’m not making a fortune as it’s a low-cost item and it’s time consuming, but I have to say it’s rewarding especially when customers tell me how much they enjoy playing my game - so yes, it’s worth it.

And I’ve even got another card game in the pipeline!!!!!


Submitted by Mark Craddock, Game Designer, TAC-TICS




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