Often, while turning the Web inside-out and upside-down for a great game to review, I'll come across a gem with such sparkling casual gameplay and carefully sculpted graphics that I can't wait to show it off. Then I usually find that Jay has seen it, played it and written it up already... maybe even several years ago!
Sometimes I get lucky. RSVP is a Flash-based card game developed by Pop & Company, creators of the previously reviewed Trick or Treat Beat and Inuyasha: Demon Tournament. Billed as a "candle-lit rendezvous between Erno Rubik, Dorothy Parker, and Milton Bradley," RSVP puts you in charge of arranging guests around a table such that each is surrounded by compatible people on either side.
Each party goer takes the form of a card divided diagonally into two colors with a point total in the upper-left. Your deck is at the bottom of the screen. Click on a card to select it, then place it by clicking any free space on the board. When a card is surrounded on all sides by matching colors the guest will beam with delight. You must satisfy every guest at your party so, if you get stuck, click the arrow to the right of your deck to deal yourself another hand. You can draw new cards up to 4 times, costing 5 points each. If you're lucky you'll pull a wild card, worth 0 points, that sits well next to any guest.
My only complaint with RSVP concerns the sound effects. I found the melody that plays when you surround a guest with unobjectional cards extremely annoying and, unforgivably, Pop+Co didn't include a mute button. Still, RSVP looks wonderful and the Rubik and Bradley comparisons are apt; it barely feels like a Web game, with simple rules and classic design. A challenge mode is even included, allowing you to invite another player to compete against your score via email.
Originally submitted by Tonypa over a year ago, and more recently by Thranyona back in April.