MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: In this game you have 4 plastic Petri dishes that are segmented into 4 parts and one big Petri dish with a lid. 4 Sets of tongs. A stack of round cards, of decent quality. A bunch of little rubber microbes in 3 colors and in 4 different shapes. Be mindful of the microbes as they tend to stick together and sometimes the lid of the Petri dish. There is a little bedazzled ball known as the Virus. The box is solid, but it is the one thing that I have a minor issue with. The issue is, that the hole that the cards are inserted into, is too shallow to prevent them from coming out and sliding all over the inside of the box.
Gameplay: Each player gets a Petri dish and a set of tongs. The microbes come in 3 colors and 4 shapes. The cards are shuffled and one is revealed. Once the card is revealed players race to match the image on the card. Then players will try to fill in the blank spots by using pieces that would complete the set. A set is 4 microbes there will be 2 of the same color and 2 of the other colors, but there cannot be a duplicate shape. Of course you yell “Eureka” when you complete each phase. If you should happen to drop a microbe on the table you must return it to the Petri dish before continuing. You are also limited to only picking up one microbe at a time.
There are 2 other sets of rules, one of which contains the use of the virus.
Yes/No Recommend: This is one I would definitely recommend. We had a lot of fun with this one. The race to compete the puzzle enhances the fun because things have a tendency to get silly as things get rushed and we love that because it adds to the fun we have. Let’s face it there are very few things out there that are better than spending time with family, friends, or complete strangers playing a game and getting a lot of laughs from it.
Another positive thing about this is that it forces you to pay attention to the patterns on the card as well as in your dish, you have to make sure you don’t double up or triple up the colors, and you’re building hand/eye coordination by picking up the microbes you see on the card.
Just to let you know. The microbes are made of a squishy almost gummi-like rubber. If left around small children or animals the microbes might get mistaken as something yummy. Also, because of the material they might melt if left in extreme heat. I recommend dusting them with baby powder every so often to make sure they don’t stick together.
Where To Get It: I have been told that they will be appearing in some of the big box stores, but if you prefer you can always ask your local game store if they can get it for you. If you would like more information on this game or any other Blue Orange game please visit their website at