Last year my in-laws had the task of cleaning out the home of their parents who, due to health reasons, had to move into assisted living. Stuffed up high and in the back of one of the closets they found two board games. This one and Battle-Cry. The Rack-O game is in great condition for it's age. The box is dated 1966 and it has a price tag on it still for $2.78. Rack-O was a favorite of my father in law and taught this game to my wife, and she liked it back then. Is this game still a favorite or has she moved on to other games?
In Rack-O each player has a rack that 10 cards will be randomly put on. The goal is to get 10 cards in an ascending order, and when playing with just two players there must be a run of at least three sequential numbers to call "Rack-O". On a player's turn, they will draw a card from either the top of a draw deck or the top card of the discard pile. They will then add the card to the rack, by replacing one of the existing cards, or discard it. This continues until one player gets cards in a numeric order and calls "rack-o". The winner will get at least 75 points and other players will get points for how many cards they got in order (this starts at the bottom and goes up until the order is broken. There are some ways to get bonus points, but a new round begins and play repeats until one player reaches 500 points.
The Game We Played
Seriously, how does one right a session report about a game like this? My wife got off to an early lead by getting bonus points for having a run of three instead of just the required run of three. However, I then won a couple of rounds in a row and made for a tight game. She had 175 point and I had 170. However, I then had a couple of rounds she won and I only got 5 points because I had a high numbered card in my number one card slot. I could not catch back up. She wan 505 to 330.
My Rating: 2 (do not like)
My Thoughts: This game is so boring. I know it is all about being flexible and keeping open viable options, but at some point the game is going to become waiting to draw that "one card". On top of that the random set ups can occasionally be really lucky, and it is not fun to lose just because someone else had a marvelous stroke of luck from the onset.
Her Rating: 3 (it's ok)
Her Thoughts: I know there are better games, and that this really is not that great of game. I think I still like it though for sentimental reasons.
Combined Rating: 5
We have much better games, and we will almost never play this one. However, we will be keeping it. This game belonged to my father-in-law, and he recently passed away. Because it was his, and because this is a game he use to play with my wife we will be holding on to this old copy of Rack-O for a long time.