MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2 – 8
Age Range: 7+
Overall Construction: First off the game comes in this amazing metal tin, in a triangle shape. The cards are also triangle shaped and are of a very flexible cardstock. There are 10 hard cardboard cutouts 5 with numbers & 5 with the different fruits depicted on the cards. The rulebook is also triangle shape and it has an accordion folding system, just like the books in the Spot It game series.
Gameplay: With Fast Flip there are 3 sets of Rules.
Set 1: Cards are shuffled and placed with the single image side up. The top card is flipped over to be a second pile. It will show all of the fruits in various denominations. Players will look at the top card of the original pile and try to guess or match the fruit. Players will call out the correct answer. If they guess wrong, other players get a chance to answer it correctly. Example: The new top card of the single image pile is a Pineapple. Players will try to find out how many Pineapples they see on the new pile. If the new single image is a number say a 4, players will try to figure out which fruit appears on the other card 4 times.
Set 2: Shuffle the cards, place them in the center of the table. Surround the cards with the hard cardboard numbers & fruits. The play is the same except instead of calling out the number or fruit, you will grab the corresponding cardboard cut-out.
Set 3: Shuffle the cards & place them in the center of the table. Take the cut-outs and line them up in a row on the edge of the field. Each cut-out represents round. The cut-out is what you will be looking for each round. IF the cut-out is the number 3, you will look for which fruit appears 3 times on the card in play. If the cut-out is a raspberry you will shout out the number of times you see the raspberry on the card.
In all versions, whoever collects the most cards wins the game or round depending on how you want to play.
Yes/No Recommend: Of course I recommend this game. This game is probably one of the hardest children’s games I’ve seen in a number of years, is very versatile, and can be an excellent tool to teach numbers, shapes, and visual recognition.
I know the game says 7+, but since the adults I tried playing it with thought it was so rough I decided to try it on a younger crowd. In doing this I found even more ways to use and enjoy this game. The kids I played it with are 5, 5, & 3. One of the 5 year olds excelled at it once he got the idea of how the game is played. This shows that it can be played with children under 7.
The second 5 year old had to physically touch/count the fruit on the cards to get the answer correct. This gave me the opportunity to basically run drills with him and help his visual recognition and also taught him to stop counting by touching the objects.
The 3 year old could get the fruit fairly easily, but struggled with basic recognition of the visual numbers. This showed me that there was an opportunity to teach the child to visually recognize the numbers that he could already count. We also played a one on one game that is not in the rules by treating the cards and the cut-outs as flash cards, where he would name the object he sees.
Point is: A rulebook only contains guidelines. If you come up with an idea for variant rules or decide to use pieces of the game to create your own game, that’s fine. Games should be played with in any manner that brings you joy. I found a way to use this as an excellent learning tool for small children.
Where To Get It: This game is fairly new so I’m not sure if it hits the major retailers yet, but don’t be afraid to check them or your local game store. Remember, smaller game shops will special order games and will normally have them to you in a week. For more information on this game and other fun Blue Orange Games visit their website at http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/fast-flip