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A Deflexion by any other name

KhetLast year’s popular holiday game, Deflexion, is back for 2006 but with a new name. For reasons I may never completely understand, they’ve renamed it Khet. According to a press release on the game’s website, they rebranded the game based on feedback from customers and retailers, and Khet is an Egyptian word for flame or fire. Okaaaay. Makes sense, sort of. But what’s in a name, anyway?

Khet is still the same clever concept as Deflexion, a high-tech strategy game that’s like Chess with an infusion of ancient Egypt. Players use lasers to bounce beams off of mirrored pieces and ultimately hit their opponent’s Pharoah piece. It’s for two players, ages 9 and up. The physics of predicting where the laser beam will land based on how the mirrors are set up are complicated, and most young children will have difficulty. But for older kids and grown-ups, Khet is a novel, intriguing and fun game.

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