Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Gamewright
Price: $19.99

Often when my children play a new game, they say they enjoy it and think they will return to it. It is rare that they find one that is so compelling that they actually do return to it again and again. FlipOut is just such a game - they played it dozens of times over the weeks of our review period and I have every reason to expect they will continue. Players each have six double-sided colored cards; colors on the front seldom match colors on the reverse, so what a player sees is different from what the opponents see. Players strive to collect sequences of four or more matching cards by swiping cards with opponents or rearranging or flipping cards within their own hands. The cards are durable and stands are provided so even little hands can manage the cards. Play moves fairly quickly but there is ample opportunity for strategy, leading to many cries of triumph and exasperation and much laughter all around.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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